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Only the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) knows, and they don't tell you! This means everything I will say here is purely anecdotal and should be taken with a large dab of sambal. So the bad news: by default, being refused entry to Singapore means you're also blacklisted for anything from 6 months to 7 years. Bans of over one year are usually ...


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As drat's answer explains, it's technically possible, but it's also illegal. There's a sign ahead of Immigration that says "No entry except for passengers with boarding passes and proceeding to their next destination", so if you enter and do not proceed to your flight destination, you're trespassing. This is not a dead letter either: several fans of a ...


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TL;DR: there is no distinction between arrival area and departure area, so it might be possible. However, there will be logistical and possibly legal problems. I don't think it will be worth the risk. As of the logistic part of the question, this is absolutely no problem. At Changi Airport, the arrival and the departure zones are linked together and you ...


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It is possible to get a 60 days tourist visa at the Indonesian Consulate in Singapore. Documents to provide: 65 Singapore dollars in cash - they do not accept card payments, & they only accept Singapore dollars. Photo ID - although you can do one inside the consulate Copy of passport - although you can do one in consulate for 50 cents. Passport must ...


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Yes, it's perfectly feasible to visit Malaysia in that time. Since you talk about things to see near the border, I assume you want to go to Johor Bahru, which is the town on the other side of the Singapore-Malaysia border. You can follow the link to the Wikivoyage page, which contains a number of sights in the city. Clearing immigration in Singapore ...


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Yes, but I would not recommend it, especially given the short time you have. Singaporeans frequently go on a day-trip to Johor Bahru (or "JB" as they simply call it), which is just across the Causeway (the bridge linking the two countries) to the north of Singapore. Sometimes they even go slightly further afield for a day trip. So yes it is perfectly ...


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It was fairly widely reported that fuel costs made the flights uneconomical. The maintenance of the A340-500s SIA retained specifically for the flight also contributed, as they only had five A340-500s. Sample quotes: It is widely known in the industry that SIA’s A340-500 non-stop flights to the U.S. are unprofitable, because of the four-engined ...


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Almost everything will be open. Some small businesses might take the opportunity to take a break. But shopping centres, etc. will certainly be open.


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Adrien's answer is spot on. Except for one thing. I just went to the embassy for visa application and they required me to have a return ticket. I am an Indian national. It may be different in my case. So I booked a ticket ticket from phone, went to lucky plaza to get a printout and joined the queue again. I got out in 20 minutes after that.


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To the best of my knowledge (I lived in Singapore for ~8 years and moderated an expat forum there), Singapore does not publish any official guidelines for repeat visits. However, it's a very small country with limited opportunities for tourism. If you spent the entire length of your previous social visit pass (three months?) in Singapore and want to return ...


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If your visa expires on May 17, and if you leave the country by May 18, it's still a one day overstay. There will be a fine to pay, but the worst thing is you will be registered as you overstayed. And trust me you don't want to do that. Going to Malaysia from Singapore is one of the easiest overland border crossings. You can easily take a bus from ...


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This will depend of course on how much you travel every day, but if you commute twice a day, your cheapest option will be to buy a rechargeable card (EZ-Link) and just pay the fare. Single fares while using this card are capped somewhere around 2.70 S$ a trip. The fare is distance-based, and transferring from bus to train or from one bus to another bus will ...


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I really think you should reconsider the easiest option. Take a plane to Kuala Lumpur (flying time 1 hour 15 minutes give or take) - and there are more than 40 daily flights. From Kuala Lumpur Airport, take the KLIA Ekspres high speed train into Kuala Lumpur city center (travel time, about 30 minutes). So in about 2 hours you'll be in the heart of Malaysia ...


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Based on my experience, which is the same as yours; this pass loses its validity once you depart from Singapore. It is not a multiple entry visa, but rather it is just something that makes your staying inside Singapore legal.


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You have the following options: Contact the Singaporean visa office and ask for an extension. Make sure you include copies of your flight tickets. This will help to get the extension. Go back to the airport on the 17th late night (23:00), check in and go through immigration immediately. Stay in there until your flight leaves the next morning. The question ...


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As discussed in the answers to How often can you visit on a multiple-entry pass to Singapore?, Singapore does not impose any published limit on how often you can visit or how long you can stay, but it's up to the discretion of the immigration officer whether to let you in or not. In practice, since you're always returning after a single day, I doubt there ...


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Options I found: Fly directly from Singapore to Medan for circa 90 USD. Bus from Singapore to Johor Bahru Airport in Malaysia (called "Senai International Airport") with causewaylink for circa 3 USD, then direct flight to Medan with Airasia for circa 40 USD. So a total of circa ** USD**. Note that AirAsia has a partnership with causewaylink to provide this ...


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In general visas are still valid if the passport is expired and you travel with both passports (the old one with the visa and the new one). This is very common with multiple entry visa, but the visa on the old passport should not be invalidated (as the other pages of your old passport got a "no valid" stamp). You should contact the nearest Singapore ...


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Singapore does not require residents to carry their NRIC with them (National Registration Identification Card), so one can reasonably assume that having your passport on you at all times is also not required. But that said, having at least a copy with you is always advisable. In other SE Asian countries where residents are required to have their IDs with ...


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From US Department of State (here): "In Singapore, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you." There is also a section titles "Surrendering your Passport" that addresses surrendering your passport to police officers, hotels, or employers as a guarantee. It is common for domestic helpers to surrender their passports in ...


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Singapore businesses, unlike European countries / US states, doesn't treat Christmas a a "family gathering" season. So most malls, coffee shops and hawker centres will be opened. Singapore is more like the other Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc.) that have the lunar new year as the "family gathering" season. Most shops and food ...


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It doesn't matter what you wrote on the form - what matters is what was put in your passport. If you check the stamp you got at entry it will say how long you are allowed stay in the country. For example, a few weeks ago I entered Singapore intending to stay for 1 night, so I put either 1 or 2 days on the form (I don't recall which), however on my passport ...


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The list of nationals requiring a visa can be found on the Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoint Authority Visa Requirements page. Since Italy is not on the list you won't require a visa, if you don't intend to stay over 90 days.


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TL;DR: Possible? Sometimes. Recommended? No. Due to complex hysterical raisins, Singapore applies different Customs rules for visitors to/from Malaysia. So legally, the answer is clear: You may qualify for tourist refund if the following conditions are satisfied: ... Depart with the goods via Changi International Airport Departure Hall / ...


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To the best of my knowledge this is impossible, or at least impractical. Driving Malaysian cars in Singapore is intentionally made hard (cars are taxed much more heavily in Sg), and rental agencies will generally not even let you cross the border, much less return cars on the wrong side. Your options are: Return the car right across the border in Johor ...


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Diclofenac appears to be available at Guardian (a large local pharmacy chain in both countries), gabapentin (Neurontin) appears to be prescription only per a search on the HSA website. Note that a prescription obtained overseas will not be accepted by a Singaporean or Malaysian pharmacy. However, you can bring that prescription to a local doctor (general ...


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To the best of my knowledge (I lived in Singapore for ~8 years and moderated an expat forum there), Singapore does not publish any official guidelines for repeat visits. However, it's a very small country with limited opportunities for tourism, and as you've discovered, around the three-month mark Immigration's bells start ringing. Once you're flagged, ...


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On the Singapore Visa Application page, under important notes is the following statement: A Singapore visa is not an immigration pass. It is a pre-entry permission for the holder of a valid Singapore visa to travel to, and seek entry, into Singapore. The grant of an immigration pass will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority ...


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There is no formal requirement to hold a ticket to leave the Schengen area but yes, you can be questioned about your intents, and, yes, having something concrete to support your story like a flight reservation might help.


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If you have a valid, unexpired visa for Singapore which is multiple entry, you can use it for multiple visits, until the day of its expiration. You do not need to obtain a new visa until after your existing visa expires. Note that, like the US and unlike many other countries, Singapore visas' expiration date is the last date which you may enter the country. ...



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