I'm traveling from Chennai, India to Victoria, Canada for my internship. I'm flying Air India from Chennai to Singapore and Japan Airlines from thereon. I'll be returning back to India in 3 months. Both legs of my journey have a layover of around 12 hours and I want to go explore the city. Will I be able get VFTF on arrival for both legs? Some websites stated VFTF can be availed only on the return journey. Would be great if someone who has travelled can clarify.

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    Your itinerary is unclear. The text says that on the way to Canada, you'll stop in Singapore. The text also says "Both legs of my journey have a layover of around 12 hours." How can "both legs" have a layover if you're only stopping in one place? Please also disclose your country of citizenship. May 2, 2023 at 16:41
  • Sorry about that. My journey is Chennai-Victoria-Chennai with separate return tickets from Chennai to Singapore and Singapore to Victoria. And I have an Indian citizenship.
    – Vikram
    May 2, 2023 at 16:47
  • JAL implies that you are transitting through Japan, is that correct? May 2, 2023 at 16:48
  • yes it's a 2 hours layover at Narita.
    – Vikram
    May 2, 2023 at 16:49
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    From the additional information you've provided in Comments, you have two separate return tickets. Ticket 1: Air India: Chennai > Singapore, and a later Singapore > Chennai return. Ticket 2: Japan Airlines: Singapore > Narita > Victoria, and a later Victoria > Narita > Singapore return. Is that correct? May 2, 2023 at 16:53

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I would strongly recommend getting a regular multiple-entry Singapore visa.

The Visa-Free Transit Facility (VFTF) is intended for people who are connecting in Singapore on their way somewhere else. Various online sites claim that a single ticket is required, but technically, the ICA only mandates an onward ticket. However, you will need to convince not just the ICA, but the check-in agent for your Chennai-Singapore-Chennai flights, who will only see a return ticket that absolutely does require a visa. What's more, you will need to do this twice, since when returning from Victoria, Singapore will appear to be your final destination. Getting a visa will make this much, much smoother.

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