The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for Singapore. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending company meetings, corporate retreats or meetings with business partners
  • Attending study tours or visits, training courses, workshops, seminars and conferences as a participant (on-the-job training requires a work pass)
  • Attending exhibitions as a trade visitor

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • Document explaining the purpose of trip (recommended)
  • Proof of hotel reservation or other accommodation (recommended)

Maximum Period Stay

Business visitors may be admitted for up to 90 days when entering Singapore. However, the authorized period of stay is determined at the discretion of immigration authorities and may be much less than 90 days. Extensions of stay can be granted and applications for extension of stay should be submitted to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) before the end of the current authorized stay.

Visa Waivers generally authorize a stay of 30-90 days per entry.

Work Permit Types

In Singapore the main work permit is called an Employment Pass.  Foreign nationals who do not qualify for an Employment Pass may be eligible for an S pass.

Maximum Period Stay

Both the EP and the S Pass are generally issued for an initial period of two years and can be renewed in three-year increments (subject to passport validity for the S Pass). The maximum total stay for an intracompany transferee on an EP is five years.