Singapore Entry Requirements for Swiss Citizens

Tourist Visa Needed

NO

(for stays of up to 90 days)

Arrival Card Needed

YES

Situated in Southeast Asia, Singapore is an island and city-state visited yearly by millions of foreign travellers. The entry requirements for Singapore vary depending mainly on three factors: the nationality of the travellers, the purpose of the trip, and the intended length of the stay.

While short-term stays for leisure and tourism are more flexible, travelling to Singapore for purposes such as work or study or staying for longer periods of time may require either an online or a paper visa. The specific kind of visa necessary varies depending on the nationality and/or passport issuing country as follows:

  • Visa-free entry for short-term stays: Most European countries, including Switzerland, and other countries such as New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Online visa or eVisa for Singapore: Assessment Level I countries, including a few European countries as well as Central Asia countries
  • Paper Visa obtained at a consulate or embassy: Assessment Level II countries including most African and Middle East countries.

All travellers, including Switzerland nationals, must apply for the Singapore Arrival Card, no matter the type of visa they need to enter the city-state.

What is the Singapore Arrival Card for Citizens of Switzerland?

The Singapore Arrival Card for Swiss citizens, in brief SGAC, is an e-Service that allows the Singaporean government to obtain important travel and identity information on foreigners planning to enter the city-state. This is a mandatory entry requirement and failure to obtain one will likely lead to being denied entry into the country.

It is important to note that the SGAC is not a visa and does not waive the holder’s visa requirements. This is an electronic document that replaces the previous D/E Card (Disembarkation/Embarkation Card) and has the sole purpose of collecting information from visitors in order to ensure the safety of both inhabitants and foreign travellers.

The new electronic version of this document helps simplify and speed up border controls. The application for the SGAC is completely online and can be done from anywhere in the world as long as applicants have access to an internet connection.

SGAC Application Requirements for Swiss Travellers

To obtain the SG Arrival Card, Swiss travellers must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in Singapore
  • Submit the SGAC application form completed in all of it parts
  • Have a credit or debit card to complete the online payment of the SGAC fee

In addition to these requirements which are applicable to all travellers, some may also be required to provide additional documentation, such as:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of onward travel or a return ticket
  • Proof that they have the financial means to support themselves while in Singapore

All applicants must also have a valid email address where they will receive all the communication related to their application as well as the approved SG Arrival Card.

How to Apply for a Singapore Arrival Card from Switzerland?

Once applicants have ensured they meet the SGAC requirements for Swiss citizens, they can go ahead and complete the online application form. The process is very simple and only requires a few minutes.

In the application form, travellers will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Passport data including the passport number, country of issue, date of issue and of expiry
  • Personal details such as full name, address, date of birth, and nationality
  • Contact details, specifically email address and a phone number
  • Travel plans including date of arrival and departure and accommodation details
  • Completed health declaration

Once the application form has been submitted, travellers should keep an eye on their email inbox for any communications or for the approved SGAC.

Note: The information provided in the online application form must be correct and up to date to avoid delays in processing the SGAC.

SGAC for Swiss Visitors: Validity and Processing Time

The validity of the SGAC depends on the kind of visa that citizens are travelling with. For Swiss visitors, since they are allowed to visit Singapore visa-free for up to 90 days, the SGAC will be valid for the same period of time. If they plan on visiting Singapore for a longer time, they must consult a consulate or embassy to find out the visa requirements.

The processing time of the SG Arrival Card for Swiss citizens is up to five business days; however, most applications are processed within a few hours or a couple of days. Longer processing times are usually due to bank holidays, a high number of requests or even mistakes in the application form.

To make sure they receive their SG Arrival Card in time for their trip, applicants are advised to request it online at least five business days prior to departure and to make sure that all the information and documentation provided is accurate and up to date.