Singapore Visa For German Citizens

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Are you a German Citizen and planning a vacation to Singapore? Remember that visa restrictions apply to you. If you’re planning an exciting trip and visiting Singapore, you’ll need to meet the Government entry requirements that are in place.

I am a German national who has been living in Singapore for more than 10 years now. As any expat, I have had to renew my Singapore PR many times. The best thing about Singapore is that it’s really easy for non-Singaporean citizens to get a Singapore visa and work permit if you’re from certain countries (including Germany). This article will tell you how:

Singapore Visa For German Citizens

There are 6 countries that do not need a visa for Singapore. These countries are United Kingdom, Malaysia, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Denmark. Everyone else entering the country needs to get a tourist or business visa, issued by the singaporean embassy in Germany. To be able to obtain such a visa German citizens have to meet some requirements. Thus one has to be visiting singapore as a tourist, on leisure or for medical treatment. It is furthermore required not staying more than 30 days in the country.

German citizens are the number one group who obtain a Working Holiday Visa in Singapore. The visa allows you to work and travel in Singapore for up to 1 year and is classified as a Tourist Visa in the country.

When Do German Citizens Need a Visa to Visit Singapore?

All German travellers to Singapore must obtain a Singapore Arrival Card in order to be able to enter the country, regardless of how long they intend to stay in Singapore and what is the purpose of their travel. Visitors who fail to obtain the Singapore tourist card for German nationals may be refused entry at the Singaporean border.

Please note that SGAC for Germany and Singaporean online visas are two different types of documents, independent from one another. Even though most German travellers can visit Singapore visa-free, they still must fill out a separate application for an SG Arrival Card before they travel.

For travellers from Germany who wish to work, study, or live in Singapore, there are several types of visas available. They can be obtained through the nearest Singaporean embassy or consulate or an authorised local visa agent. The application in this case needs to start well in advance.

SG Arrival Card for Citizens of Germany

Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) is an electronic system that replaces the old paper-based Disembarkation/ Embarkation Card for Singapore. It was launched in 2019 by the government of the Republic of Singapore to make document check processes quicker and smoother and reduce waiting times at the border for international travellers.

How Can German Nationals Apply for a Singapore Arrival Card

The application for an SG Arrival Card for Germany is a seamless and fast process that can be done entirely online in a matter of minutes. German applicants can reside anywhere in the world at the time of application. They only need a stable internet connection and a device from which they will apply, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or a computer.

It is also possible to help a family member or friend with the application, as long as each individual including minors submits a separate application form.

Germans applying for an SGAC are asked to provide their personal and passport details including:

  • Full name(s)
  • Nationality which must correspond to the passport country
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Contact information (address, email, phone number)
  • Passport number
  • Passport country
  • Dates of issue and expiry of the passport
  • Travel plans including travel dates and the address in Singapore

After verifying that all the information in the application form is completely correct and corresponds to that of the passport, the applicant can proceed with the payment of the SGAC processing fee. The payment can be done using any major debit or credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Amex, JCB, Diners Club, Discover, and Union Pay.

Given that all the information provided is error-free, the applicant will receive the SG Arrival Card by email in a matter of hours. The SGAC processing time is normally less than 24 hours (one business day). In some cases, there may be delays due to national holidays or discrepancies and mistakes in the application. That is why it is recommended to apply for an SGAC at least five days before travelling to Singapore.

The travel card can be presented in its electronic form at the Singapore border along with a valid passport. It can be used at any point of entry to the Republic of Singapore.

SG Arrival Card Document Requirements for Germany

The SGAC entry requirements for Germans are very simple. Applicants need to have the following documents to apply:

  • A German passport with at least 6 months of validity left from the intended date of arrival in Singapore
  • A duly completed SGAC application form
  • debit or credit card that will be used to complete the online purchase of the Singapore Arrival Card
  • An active email address for all communication regarding the SG arrival Card and for receiving the SGAC itself

In some cases, additional documentation such as proof of onward travel and sufficient financial funds to cover the stay in Singapore, as well as vaccine certificates may be needed.

Because the passport used during the application and the SG Arrival Card are electronically linked, it is compulsory to travel to Singapore on the same passport used for the application. Otherwise, applicants may be denied entry to Singapore.

If a traveller’s passport expires before the trip, they will have to apply for a new SGAC once they have the new passport details. Any dual citizens who hold multiple passports must make sure they are applying with the same passport that they will use for traveling to Singapore.

It is important to keep in mind that, although a mandatory document, SGAC by no means guarantees entry into the country. This decision is made by the immigration officer at the Singapore border.

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