Singapore Entry Requirements for Thai Citizens

Tourist Visa Needed

NO

(for stays of up to 30 days)

Arrival Card Needed

YES

To deal with the roughly 18 million arrivals, the government of Singapore introduced the Electronic Arrival Card in 2019. The e-service replaces the old paper-based Disembarkation/Embarkation Card (D/E Card) system, which has been discontinued.

The SG Arrival Card or SGAC is mandatory for all international travellers. The document is not a visa and does not replace one. Whether they can enter Singapore visa-free or have any type of visa, all visitors from Thailand must also obtain the SGAC before entering the city-state.

Do Thai citizens need a visa to enter Singapore?

Thai citizens may enter Singapore visa-free for short-term stays. However, travellers from Thailand who wish to spend more than 30 days in the state, need to travel for reasons like work or study or want to move to Singapore may need to apply for a paper visa. Long-term visas must be requested at an embassy or consulate of Singapore.

The SGAC does not replace the visa. Citizens of Thailand entering Singapore with any type of visa will also need to apply for the Arrival Card.

Arrival Card for Thai citizens travelling to Singapore

The Arrival Card for Thai citizens is an e-service that allows travellers arriving from Thailand a single entry into the country. Visitors can request the SGAC online before their trip, and they will need to enter Singapore within the three days following the approval of the Arrival Card.

The SGAC does not have a validity of stay. The period that Thai travellers can spend in Singapore varies depending on whether they have a long-term visa or are travelling visa-free, in which case they can stay for up to 30 days.

Nationals from Thailand can enter Singapore with the SGAC for any travel reason, including tourism, business, study, or medical treatment. Entry is allowed via air, land, or sea. The following are the main ports of entry:

  • Singapore Changi Airport - SIN (Air)
  • Changi Ferry Terminal (Sea)
  • Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Sea)
  • Singapore Cruise Centre (Sea)
  • Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Sea)
  • Tuas checkpoint (Land)
  • Woodlands checkpoint (Land)

What is required to obtain a Singapore Arrival Card from Thailand?

Thai citizens must check the entry requirements before planning their trip. The following are required to obtain the SGAC:

  • A passport that is valid at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival in Singapore
  • An active email address where they will receive the granted SGAC
  • A credit or debit card to complete the online payment for the SGAC fee

Travellers coming from Thailand with dual citizenship who have two passports need to use the same one for the SGAC application and to travel. This is important because the Arrival Card is electronically linked to the Thai passport used to obtain it.

Upon arrival in Singapore, Thai visitors will need to provide their passport to immigration officers who will check that it matches the data on the Arrival Card.

Singapore Arrival Card application from Thailand

The SG Arrival Card application from Thailand is a simple process consisting of three steps:

  • Filling in the online questionnaire

  • Uploading a biographical page of the applicant’s passport

  • Paying the processing fee (by debit or credit card)

The questionnaire must be accurately filled out all the way through by providing the following details:

Applicant’s full name Date and place of birth Nationality (Thai in this case) Thai passport details including number, date of issue and expiry Home address Phone number Email address Travel plans including accommodation details Health Declaration

Note: Applicants should double-check that all the information provided is up to date and free of any spelling mistakes. Incomplete information or errors can cause delays in processing the Arrival Card for Thai nationals.

The processing of the Arrival Card usually takes a maximum of 48 hours. However, in cases of mistakes or missing information, it may take longer. To ensure they will receive their SGAC on time before their trip, Thai citizens should submit their applications 5 days prior to departure.

Other requirements for Thai citizens

Aside from the mandatory Arrival Card requirements, citizens of Thailand should also be aware of additional entry requirements. When entering Singapore, they may be asked to show the following:

  • Certificates of vaccination (if applicable)
  • A return ticket or proof of onward travel
  • Proof that they have sufficient funds to sustain themselves during their trip