I'm an Indian citizen and the Singapore consulate accidentally issued my business Visa with my old passport number. Can I still travel without getting a new Visa?

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    Is the visa printed on the new or old passport? Dec 4, 2015 at 14:08
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    How did they get your old passport number?
    – CMaster
    Dec 4, 2015 at 14:25
  • @CMaster I assume both are stapled together.. Many people do that.. Dec 4, 2015 at 14:39
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    @CMaster It was an e-visa. all documents submitted were correct. I didn't even give my old passport number! Don't even know how this happened. Now, they say I can travel provided I bring my old passport along. fingers crossed.
    – Tara
    Dec 5, 2015 at 6:20
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    @Tara did you manage to travel to Singapore?
    – JonathanReez
    Jan 26, 2016 at 12:00

2 Answers 2


Check with the Consulate

Like Relaxed said, if the consulate made a mistake in issuing the visa then they should remedy their error. In case you made a mistake, then they might be less accommodating. Nevertheless, the thing you should do before travelling is to contact the Singaporean consulate in New Delhi and ask them about your situation.

Transfering the Visa to a New Passport

The website of the Singaporean consulate in Shanghai mentions the possibility of transferring a visa from an old to a new passport. This is done by filling form 14A and sending it to where you applied for a visa. Quoting from the linked website:

Q: How do I transfer my valid visa from my old passport to the new one? A: For transfer of visa, please submit your old and new passport (original and copy), the valid visa, and the fulfilled Form 14A and your 2 inches colored photos to our Authorised Visa Agents.

Whether this is valid solely for Chinese applicant/residents is not specified.

Can I Travel?

I would avoid travelling with the visa on the expired passport. Especially if the visa approval and validity dates are after the passport expiry date. I feel you'll have a hard time explaining the situation to the immigration officer once you land in Singapore. Rather, I'd get this sorted before travelling.

If the passport expired after the visa was issued, then the common practice is that you bring both old and new passport with you when seeking entry into the country. However, the fact that the website of the Singaporean consulate in Shanghai mentions transferring a visa from old to new passport might mean that this will not work for Singapore.


I had been in exact same scenario and It was the airline check-in people (airindia in my case) was the ones who worried most about it.

They finally let me through saying it is my responsibility if there is a deport and I have to pay back for the return flight and fines,etc.

Then once Ive arrived in Singapore they tried to check me in but it said error so was sent to principals room to further investigate however since I had old/new passport with me they just let me in after making me wait for 2 hours no-questions though.

So overall it is possible to travel if the airline lets you to do so however be prepared for all the potential delays,etc hence it is best to apply for new visa or correct it before travelling.

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    Thanks, that is a good personal experience answer.
    – Willeke
    Dec 21, 2019 at 14:56

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