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Singapore Electronic Arrival Card – General information

The Singapore Electronic Arrival Card (SG Arrival Card) was introduced by the government of Singapore in order to replace the previously used paper-based system of disembarkation and embarkation.

Currently, all travelers planning to visit Singapore no longer need to spend long hours in the immigration line after their arrival in the country. Instead, using the SGAC system, they can submit the Electronic Arrival Card application from whatever place they are at the moment.

The approved SG Arrival Card will be automatically linked with the applicant’s passport ensuring smooth entry to Singapore and no need to do any paperwork at the border.

Travelers completing the Singapore electronic health declaration will need to enter some essential details, including their passport data, personal information, and travel itinerary, and also make a declaration about their health condition.

The SG Arrival Card application must be submitted 3 business days prior to the intended date of travel.

Although citizens of certain countries can enjoy visa-free travel to Singapore, there still are required to apply for the SG Arrival Card.

As the SGAC is not equivalent to a visa, a traveler from a non-visa-exempt country needs to apply both for a relevant visa for Singapore and complete the SG Arrival Card as well.

Who needs to complete the Arrival Card to Singapore?

Apart from all foreign visitors coming to Singapore, the SGAC health declaration is mandatory to be completed by all Singaporean permanent residents and citizens, holders of Long-Term Pass, as well as travelers enrolled in the FTP (Frequent Traveler Programme).

Also, the requirement applies to foreigners seeking immigration clearance in Singapore. However, transit passengers not leaving the transit zone and going through passport control are exempt from the SG Arrival Card requirements. Neither is it obligatory for Singaporean residents who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus and wish to travel through land checkpoints.


How to apply for the SG Arrival Card

The Singaporean electronic health declaration must be submitted up to 3 days before the date of intended arrival in Singapore. In order to complete the application, a traveler needs to follow these three simple steps:

  1. Fill out the online application form: enter all necessary details, such as your personal details, passport information, and travel-related details, and also declare your health status.
  2. Pay the service fee: check your entered details twice and choose the most convenient method of online payment to cover the service fee (e.g., credit/debit card or PayPal).
  3. Go to your email inbox: check your email address and download the message confirming completing your Arrival Card application.

Note: As the approved SGAC will be digitally linked to your passport, you do not need to carry its printed copy. However, please bear in mind to save a copy of your SG Arrival Card on your mobile device.

Requirements to complete the Electronic Arrival Card for Singapore

Applicants for the SG Arrival Card should make sure that they have ready the following:

  • a passport that will not expire for the min. of 6 months from the planned date of arrival in Singapore
  • a valid means of online payment
  • an active and frequently used email address
  • any working electronic device with a stable Internet connection

Travelers should also be prepared to provide certain information and answer a few questions related to:

  • personal details (name, surname, date of birth, nationality, etc.)
  • contact information
  • travel itinerary
  • health status

Requirements on arrival

The approved Singapore SG Arrival Card will be digitally matched to the passport used in the online application. Upon arrival in Singapore, travelers may be required to show a valid passport as well as some other documents, including:

  • entry and travel documents required for their next travel destination
  • (if only transiting through Singapore)
  • sufficient money covering the entire duration of stay in Singapore
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate (if applicable)
  • proof of onward travel

Entry ports accepting the SG Arrival Card

The Singapore Arrival Card is recognized only at the following entry ports:

  • Changi Point Ferry Terminal
  • Changi Ferry Terminal
  • Tuas checkpoint
  • Woodlands checkpoint
  • Singapore Changi Airport SIN
  • Singapore Cruise Centre
  • Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

Make sure to enter Singapore through one of the above-listed ports to ensure smooth and hassle-free entry to the country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is the SGAC mandatory to travel to Singapore?

Yes. The Singapore Arrival Card is mandatory for most travelers, both foreigners, and Singapore citizens or residents. There are some exemptions, including transit passengers not seeking immigration clearance and fully vaccinated Singaporeans traveling through the country’s land checkpoints.

Do children need to complete a separate SG Arrival Card application?

All underage travelers, no matter if included on the parent’s passport or not, are required to apply for a separate Singapore Arrival Card. The application can be completed on their behalf by parents or legal guardians.

How to apply for the SG Arrival Card online?

Go to the online form, provide the necessary data, cover the service fee, and receive the receipt of the correctly submitted arrival card. Save the electronic copy of your arrival card on your mobile.

What are the requirements for the Singapore Electronic Arrival Card?

Travelers filling out the SG Arrival Card application form must provide essential details related to their travel and health condition. For a successful application, it is necessary to hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of planned travel and be the user of an active email address, a valid method of online payment, and an Internet-accessed electronic device.

Do I need to print my SGAC confirmation?

As a rule, there is no need to print out the approval of the Singapore Arrival Card as it is digitally matched to the passport. Neverhtless, carrying its physical copy is always a good idea.