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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?

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  • Perhaps so other countries can ban future entry. Sep 28, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 21:41

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In the past, for fear of communism, the Singapore government banned Singapore citizens below a certain age (I think 40 but I'm not sure) from visiting the PRC, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam.

From a Reddit post (passport said to be from the "early 80s"):

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As you can see, the above passport page was amended to remove the ROC (Taiwan).

Later (I'm guessing c. 1980s), it was further amended to also remove the PRC, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam.

Since 2017 the front passport pages look like this:

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My guess is that the government of Singapore chose to retain this page so that it would have the option of banning specific citizens from visiting specific countries, though I'm not sure this option has ever been used. (Political opponents and those with terrorist sympathies have gotten travel bans, but these are usually complete bans on leaving Singapore at all, rather than bans on visiting particular countries.)

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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:

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    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, 2018 at 9:31
  • @Richard I'm not sure how that works.
    – drat
    Dec 24, 2018 at 0:52
  • I suspect that in at least some of those cases there would be consequences, possibly quite severe, for anyone who returned from such a visit with any markings from the forbidden destination. See manvsclock.com/israel-passport-stamp-restrictions-guide for some of this information. If, for example, Pakistan won't allow someone with a US passport stamped from an entry to Israel (Israel doesn't stamp passports any more, helping avoid these problems) then all the more so if a Pakistani citizen were to have an Israeli stamp they would be in a bit of trouble... Sep 10, 2023 at 18:06
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    That second passport is not an Israeli passport. It is a US passport.
    – phoog
    Sep 10, 2023 at 19:50
  • @manassehkatz-Moving2Codidact: You can always ask Israel (or any similar country) Immigration to not stamp your passport (stamp on separate paper). See e.g. travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1497/…
    – user103496
    Sep 12, 2023 at 3:12
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What is the purpose of this page? Does Singapore reserve the right to ban its citizens from travelling to specific countries?

That's exactly what it is. While I believe that the list mentioned above (China, North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam) is empty today, cousin Malaysia still makes its passport invalid for Israel. Pasport ini sah digunakan untuk semua negara kecuali Israel

Singapore could reinstate travel bans to X, Y, Z, although I don't see it happening. They're difficult to enforce – especially if these places issue a piece of paper instead of stamping the passport – and don't mean much today.

Something I forgot to mention: remember that in most (all?) countries, your passport is not really "yours": it belongs to the government, which can decide at any time to withdraw it, not renew it, etc. Obviously some countries take that a little more seriously than others.

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