Do Singapore citizens/passport holders need visa to China?
Under China’s Visa Free Policy, ordinary passport holders of Singapore, Brunei and Japan may visit mainland China without visa, if the entry purpose is for tour, family visit, business or transit within 15 days. For other cases, longer stay, else purpose of visiting, a China Visa is required.
How long can a Singaporean stay in China without visa?
If a Singapore citizen get visa free entry permit to mainland China, the maximum stay period is 15 days, even you only stay in Hainan where citizens of 59 countries may enjoy 30-day visa-free vacation.
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An unilateral visa exemption agreement for Singaporeans’ traveling to China was put into force on July 1st, 2003. So, China can be regarded as a visa free country for Singapore citizens. In the policy, Singapore ordinary passport holders can get visa exempted to China for a short-term stay, as long as you take valid original regular passport, travel to China for the purposes of tourism, business, visit family, relatives, friends, or transit.
Singapore visitors can enter and exit through all China’s ports opened to foreigners. The longest duration of stay is no longer than 15 days. Passport and flight to China are the two most important things you shall well prepared before departure. Upon arrival, you will get a Temporary Entry Permit stamped on your passport without any charges. Then, it’s your free time to arrange the 2-week long holiday in China to enjoy a Great Wall Hiking Tour, Silk Road Tour, Tibet Discovery Tour, Family Travel, and so forth.Note: For Singaporeans holding APEC Business Travel Card, the card can be used directly as a multiple-entry China Business Visa for 3 years. The permitted duration is 2 months for each entry.
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Even through holding a Singapore passport, you still need to get a visa from the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) in mainland China if you intend to stay longer than 15 days after entry. Or if you plan to go to China for study, employment, journalism, residence, etc., a China Visa should be applied and obtained from Chinese Embassy or Consulate abroad. Below are the details of getting a China Visa in Singapore.
Attention: Where to Submit? Singaporeans, Malaysians or foreigners residing in Singapore are all required to submit visa application to China Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) authorized by Chinese Embassy. The embassy will not accept any ordinary application, but the issuance will be made by the embassy.
Before physically visit the China Visa Application Service Center, you shall prepare the listed documents one by one, and as required.
Original passport with a remaining a validity of at least 6 months and over 2 blank pages. Make copy of the passport’s data page, already used visa pages, former China Visa if had.
● China Visa Application Form
Option 1: Fill in online application form at http://www.visaforchina.org..
Print the completed form out, write down application date and sign on the paper form
Option 2: Download the latest version of China Visa Application Form (v.2013 - 4 pages in total) and fill in the digital form, print it out and sign it.
At least 2 recently-taken (within last 6 months) passport-size color photos which are against a light background. (Size: 38mmX48mm)
Useful Link: China Visa Photo Requirements
1.) Proof of legal entry, stay, residence in another country or region, if you not apply in your home country.
2.) Previous Chinese passport & copy of the data page, if you used to be a Chinese citizen and apply China Visa the first time. If you had got China Visa before, please provice photocopy of the data page, photo paga, previous China Visa page of your old Chinese passport.
● Travel related documents: round-trip (flight, train, ship) tickets, hotel booking, travel itinerary, etc.
● An Invitation Letter: if you’re inviteed to travel to China, please prepare formal Invitation Letter by the invited individual or unity.
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Passport is Required when Applying China Visa in Singapore
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Applicants should pay China Visa Application Fee after submission in the center office. The total cost = visa application fee + service fee. You will pay extra fees for expedited service, such as Express Service and Rush Service. Here we list the major visa price for Singaporean and other common international citizens as follows:
|Nationality||Number of Entries||Regular Application |
(Application + Service Fees)
|Express Application |
(Application + Service Fees)
(Application + Service Fees)
|Singapore||Single Entry||SGD (25+60)= SGD 85||SGD (60+90)= SGD 150||SGD (75+120)= SGD 195|
|Double Entries||SGD (35+60)= SGD 95||SGD (70+90)= SGD 160||SGD (85+120)= SGD 205|
|Multiple Entries (6 Months)||SGD (45+60)=SGD 105||SGD (80+90)=SGD 170||SGD (95+120)=SGD 215|
|Multiple Entries (≥12 Months)||SGD (65+60)=SGD 125||SGD (100+90)=SGD 190||SGD (115+120)=SGD 235|
|US Citizens||Single/Double Entries
(6 Months/≥12 Months)
|SGD (200+60)=SGD 260||SGD (235+90)=SGD 325||SGD (250+120)=SGD 370|
|Canada Citizens||Single/Double Entries
(6 Months/≥12 Months)
|SGD (105+60)=SGD 165||SGD (140+90)=SGD 230||SGD (155+120)=SGD 275|
|Single Entry||SGD (50+60)=SGD 110||SGD (85+90)=SGD 175||SGD (100+120)=SGD 220|
|Double Entries||SGD (50+60)=SGD 110||SGD (85+90)=SGD 175||SGD (100+120)=SGD 220|
|Mutiple Entries (6 Months)||SGD (100+60)=SGD 160||SGD (135+90)=SGD 225||SGD (150+120)=SGD 270|
|Mutiple Entries (≥12 Months)||SGD (150+60)=SGD 210||SGD (185+90)=SGD 275||SGD (200+120)=SGD 320|
Note: The accepted methods of payment include cash (Singapore Dollar), debit card (NETS & Union Pay). Also, you can download detailed schedules of China Visa fees here.
Individual not using travel agent to apply China Visa can get the most useful China Visa Application instructions as we introduced here.
How to Apply China Visa in Singapore
China Visa processing time depends on individual cases and which service applicants choose to use.
Regular Application: about 4 working days.
Express Service: usually around 3 working days.
Urgent Service: about 2 working days.
If you submit urgent application between 9:00am - 12:00pm, you can collect during 9:00am - 16:00pm on the second working day; if you submit between 12:00pm to 14:00pm in the afternoon, please pick up at 12:00pm - 16:00pm on the next working day.
Tips: The embassy may ask applicant to submit additional materials, which could get the application period a little bit longer than expected.
Address: 80 Robinson Road, #16-01/02/02A, Singapore 068898
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, except Saturday, Sunday and national public holidays
Submission Hours: 9:00am to 15:00pm
Payment & Collection Hours: 9:00am to 16:00pm
Urgent Submission: 9:00am to 12:00pm
China Visa Application Center in Singapore
Do Singaporeans need visa for Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is treated as a third region from mainland China, where can’t use a China Visa for entry. Singapore passport holders may enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong no longer than 90 days, when entering for travel or certain business-related activities. Your Singapore passport shall be valid for more than 1 month.
Those who will visit Hong Kong for study, work, business must apply and get a Hong Kong Visa beforehand.
First, check the Hong Kong Immigration Department official website (https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/index.html) to get useful information. Required Documents includes: passport, application form, photos, travel related supporting documents, etc.
Second, prepare all required documents & visa fees as required by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Third, visit China Visa Application Service Center in Singapore to submit Hong Kong Visa application. No online appointment is needed.
Related Link: Hong Kong Visa Application
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Singapore is located in the south of China and the nearest city in China is Hainan Province. It is essential transport hub in Asia. Currently, there are two main transportation available between Singapore and China: by international flight or cruise.
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By Flight: Singapore Changi International Airport (新加坡樟宜国际机场，IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) is the sole airport opening flights to China, with frequent airlines to over 20 cities. You can fly from Singapore Changi Airport to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Sanya, Chongqing, Nanjing, Hong Kong, Macau and more cities in mainland China.
By Cruise: Taking an sea voyage trip from Port of Singapore to go north, sail through Hong Kong, Taipei and ultimately visit Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen Dalian, Hainan or other coastal cities is also very popular and relaxing way to get to China. There are many world famous cruise you can experience, including the Royal Caribbean, Oceania Cruise, Holland America, Silversea Cruises, etc.
China is a vast and great country with stunning natural scenery, historic and cultural heritages, interesting traditions and lovely local people. How to discovery China during the 15 visa-free tour or even a longer holiday.
Major Steps to Plan A China Tour
First, decide where you will visit in China, choose destinations you’re interested in. In China, Beijing and Shanghai are best gateway cities for international tourists. They not only has very convenient connection to worldwide cities and domestic cities, themselves are also significant tourist cities with rich tourism resources. You can easily travel from Beijing or Shanghai to Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, and more top destinations in China.
Second, plan your travel itinerary and get clear idea to travel independently or join in group. It’s up to you to do a much free travel alone or share same driver, guide in a lower budget.
Third, check weather and climate to find a best season to visit China. As one of the very large countries in the world, China is suitable for tour all year round. To say one at least, spring and autumn with mild climate, pleasant temperature are the two best seasons for traveling around in China. For example, you may enjoy Great Wall Hiking, attend Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival in Tibet during late March to middle April, explore coolness in Guiyang, autumn color in Mt. Huangshan, winter sunshine in Yunnan or ice and snow world in Harbin.
More travel planning ideas, please visit our How to Plan Your China Tour 2021
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