Singapore Entry Requirements for Russian Citizens

Tourist Visa Needed

YES

Arrival Card Needed

YES

Until 2019, all travellers visiting Singapore had to fill out a D/E Card (Disembarkation/Embarkation Card) upon arrival on the island. This paper-based process has now been replaced by an e-Service, the Singapore Arrival Card or SGAC.

The SGAC is mandatory for all travellers, no matter the type of visa they require to visit Singapore. Entry requirements vary depending on the nationality of the visitor, which can be divided into three categories:

  • Visa-free countries: countries whose citizens can enter Singapore without a visa for either 30 or 90 days. The list includes European countries and other countries such as New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Assessment Level I countries: countries whose citizens need to apply for an online visa or eVisa for Singapore. This applies to a few European countries as well as Central Asia countries
  • Assessment Level II countries: countries whose citizens need to apply for a paper visa at an embassy or consulate. This condition applies to most African and Middle East countries.

SG Arrival Card for Russians: Does it Replace the Visa?

No, Russian citizens still need to apply for an eVisa for Singapore since they are a part of the Assessment Level I countries. However, they also need to apply for the SG Arrival Card. Both documents are necessary in order to enter Singapore.

The SGAC is an electronic document that all foreign visitors travelling to Singapore must complete prior to their trip. The document is useful for the Singaporean government to collect accurate information regarding visitors, in order to ensure the safety of all inhabitants as well as visitors. The new process, entirely online, eliminates the need to wait at the borders for immigration controls and to fill out paper forms. Everyone can complete the SGAC application form from the comfort of their home, before their trip.

Important: the eVisa for Singapore is an actual visa while the SG Arrival Card is an additional document whose purpose is to collect important information on all travellers entering the country. Failure to obtain one or the other document may lead to being denied entry in Singapore.

Singapore Arrival Card for Russian Travellers: Documents and Conditions

Only a few documents are required to obtain the SG Arrival Card for Russian travellers:

  • Passport valid for minimum six months from the date of entry in Singapore
  • Complete SGAC application form
  • Credit or debit card to pay the SGAC fee
  • Valid email address to receive the confirmation of the SGAC

In some cases, travellers may be asked to present additional documents like proof of return or onward travel, vaccines, or proof that they have the financial means to support themselves during their permanence in Singapore.

Applicants should check their email inbox for any communication regarding additional documentation needed.

How to Apply for a Singapore Arrival Card as a National of Russia?

Applying for the SGAC for Russians is fairly simple and can be done in a matter of minutes completely online. Applicants should be ready to provide the following information:

  • Personal details: full name, date of birth, nationality
  • Passport details: number, issuing country, issuing and expiry date
  • Contact details: home address, phone number, email address
  • Complete health declaration
  • Travel plans: travel dates and accommodation

The SG Arrival Card application is individual and must be completed personally by each traveller. All the documentation can be uploaded directly at the moment of online application and the approval will be received via email. A digital version of this document should be saved on a device to present it when entering Singapore if requested.

Singapore Arrival Card Processing Time for Russian Citizens

It generally takes between a few hours and a few days to process the SGAC application. It is however recommended to submit the online application at least five business days before the date of arrival in Singapore to allow enough time for the processing. Bank holidays or an unusually large number of requests can lead to longer processing time.

Note: Applicants must be careful to provide correct and up to date information to avoid delays in receiving the SGAC.

Traveling From Russia to Singapore: Important Information

Singapore is an island and city-state in Southeast Asia and it welcomes around 18 million foreign visitors every year, around three times the number of inhabitants. Russian citizens can enter Singapore through one of the two airports, Changi or Seletar, or through the Port of Singapore.

When entering Singapore, Russian travellers will need to present their passport, which must be the same one used to fill out the online application form, and the digital copy of the approved SGAC. The passport and the SG Arrival Card are electronically linked so presenting a different passport may cause issues like being denied entry in the state.

It is important to remember that both the SGAC and the eVisa are necessary to enter Singapore. The validity of the Singapore Arrival Card will be the same as the visa.