Singapore Entry Requirements for Japanese Citizens

Tourist Visa Needed

No

(for stays of up to 30 days)

Arrival Card Needed

YES

All international visitors travelling to Singapore must have a Singapore Electronic Arrival Card (SGAC). The electronic document is mandatory for all travellers, whether they visit Singapore with a visa or not. While Japanese travellers do not need a visa in some cases, they do need an SGAC.

The SGAC also serves as a Travel Health Declaration, another mandatory requirement introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to limit the spread of the virus.

Do Japanese citizens need a visa to enter Singapore?

For short term trips of up to 30 days, Japanese citizens are not required to possess a visa. For stays longer than 30 days or other travel purposes such as work or study, a visa may be necessary. To find out the requirements to apply for a visa, Japanese travellers should contact a Singapore embassy or consulate.

The SGAC is not a visa and does not replace one. This travel document is mandatory for all visitors from Japan independently of whether they travel to Singapore with a visa or not.

Arrival Card for Japanese nationals travelling to Singapore

The process of obtaining a Singapore Arrival Card for Japanese citizens is fast and straightforward. The Arrival Card can be requested online in less than 10 minutes.

Japanese citizens are permitted a single entry into Singapore with the SGAC. From the date of approval of the Arrival Card, travellers coming from Japan have three days to enter Singapore.

The Arrival Card does not have a specific validity. The permitted length of stay is determined for each traveller based on the validity of their visa, or on the permitted visa-free stay for citizens who benefit from a visa-free agreement. For Japanese travellers, the maximum stay without a visa is 30 days.

Singapore Arrival Card requirements for Japanese citizens

The SG Arrival Card is not a visa, and as such, it only has a few minimum entry requirements. Japanese travellers who want to apply for the Arrival Card must have the following:

  • A Japanese passport valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry in Singapore
  • A valid email address
  • A debit or credit card to pay the SGAC fee

These requirements are limited to the Arrival Card. Aside from this document, visitors from Japan who also need to apply for a visa may need to prepare additional documentation. Some visas may take time to process, so it is important to check all requirements and apply ahead of time.

How to apply for Singapore Arrival Card from Japan

Japanese nationals can apply for a Singapore Arrival Card by following three simple steps:

  • Fill in the online questionnaire
  • Upload a biographical page of the passport (and other documentation if required)
  • Pay for the SG Arrival Card processing fee by credit or debit card

The application form has various sections and must be filled in accurately by providing the following information:

  • Applicant’s personal details (full name, nationality, place and date of birth)
  • Passport details (number, issuing country, date of issuance and expiry)
  • Contact details (home address, phone number, email address)
  • Travel plans (travel dates, accommodation details)

Furthermore, it is extremely important to fill in the section dedicated to the health declaration.

Note: Japanese applicants must ensure all the details provided in the questionnaire are accurate and free of spelling mistakes. Inaccuracies may lead to delays in obtaining the SGAC or even rejection of the travel document.

The usual processing time of the Arrival Card is 48 hours. In some cases, the process may take longer. Japanese travellers should apply for their Singapore Arrival Card five days before their trip. It is not advised to apply earlier as the entry in Singapore must take place within the three days following the approval of the Arrival Card.

Applicants with dual citizenship who have two passports should be aware that the Arrival Card will be linked to the passport they use to apply online. When travelling to Singapore, travellers should use the same passport that they will need to show at border control upon entry into Singapore.

Other requirements for Japanese citizens

The following are a few other requirements that Japanese citizens may need to meet to enter Singapore:

  • Showing proof of onward travel or a return ticket
  • Providing evidence of sufficient financial means for the duration of their trip
  • Showing proof of vaccination (if applicable)

All travel purposes are permitted, as long as travellers coming from Japan have the necessary visa, where required. When travelling with the SG Arrival Card, Japanese citizens can enter Singapore via air, sea, or land through one of the following ports of entry:

  • Air: Singapore Changi Airport – SIN
  • Land: Tuas checkpoint, Woodlands checkpoint
  • Sea: Changi Ferry Terminal, Changi Point Ferry Terminal, Singapore Cruise Centre, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal