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A simple question, but a big concern for me.

The Singapore immigration (MOM) has provided an EP card for me, as proof that I am working under a legal employment visa in this country. I collected the card from my HR department, and asked them whether I still need to carry my passport around or not while traveling within the country.

The answer was NO, they said as long as I am only within the country, the EP card should be sufficient for my identification.

My concern is, in the past, this HR department has made a few mistakes related to my visa application and also my arrival arrangement, that's why I have doubt on their professionality. I have also asked my foreign colleagues, but the answers vary, a few of them still carry their passports around all the time.

I am posting the question here in case someone can give a light into this or perhaps share their experiences.

In other different South East Asian countries though, based on my experiences, if we do not carry our passport along, the police will take advantages of us. One case in Malaysia cost me to pay the police officers 100 MYR and another in Thailand for 500 Baht; thanks for high corruption level in South East Asian countries.

I believe Singapore is a clean and more straight country within this South East Asia region, and would like to avoid this kind of thing at all cost.

To summarize:

I am asking while I am in Singapore, do I still need to carry my passport around ? or can I just leave it in my Singapore home and only bring my EP card with me while still within Singapore territory ?

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  • Are you asking whether you Need your passport to re-enter Singapore, or some other Country? – Crazydre Jul 20 '17 at 2:47
  • Apologize if the question is not clear. I am asking while I am in Singapore, do I still need to bring my passport around ? or can I just leave it in my Singapore home and only bring my EP card with me ? – Zan Jul 20 '17 at 2:56
  • Related question – drat Jul 20 '17 at 3:47
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    This sounds like it's more of an Expatriates question. – Henning Makholm Jul 20 '17 at 9:24
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Your EP card is OK. It has a barcode which officers can use to verify the info.

So no need to carry the passport at all times.

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No need for your passport to carry. EP card is enough in case their a spot check on individuals.

Good luck and stay safe in Singapore.

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