The Singapore passport's first page bears the following statement:

This passport is valid for all countries except the following:

What is the purpose of this page? Does Singapore reserve the right to ban its citizens from travelling to specific countries?

  • Perhaps so other countries can ban future entry. Sep 28 '18 at 19:45
  • If the passport in the picture is not a generic example passport with a made-up name, you should blot out the personal details before posting the picture here. Sep 28 '18 at 19:45
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    It is not a valid passport, but a PDF from the ASEAN (environment.asean.org) site. Sep 28 '18 at 20:13
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    The United States recently banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea, so bans do happen. I imagine that the Singapore government has given itself the option to do something similar. I couldn't find a specific reference so this is a comment rather than an answer.
    – user79658
    Sep 28 '18 at 21:41

I find it very hard to find clear information on this, but as far as I can tell, this page is where limitations to the passport would be posted by the state that issues the passport (in this case Singapore). There are general limitation some countries issue on their citizens, banning them from travelling to certain other countries. Reasons might be safety or might be of political or religious nature. Singapore does not have such restrictions, hence the page is generally empty.

For illustration, here are some passports from other countries with similar entries:

  • Presumably in the cases above it would be at the discretion of Iraq, Hungary and Israel respectively to allow the bearer entry? Or are immigration officers of foreign countries bound by such limitations?
    – Richard
    Dec 21 '18 at 9:31
  • @Richard I'm not sure how that works.
    – drat
    Dec 24 '18 at 0:52

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