Saturday, February 22, 2020

Advisory to Filipinos travelling into Singapore


The Philippine Embassy in Singapore would like to advise all Filipinos who have plans to travel or are travelling to Singapore for leisure to ensure that they secure the immigration stamps from the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

While Filipinos are allowed to enter Singapore on a no-visa entry basis and are given an initial thirty (30) days of stay in Singapore, some of them apply for extension of stay while in Singapore or even consider travelling to neighbouring countries and return to Singapore before departing to the Philippines.

It is in these situations that Filipinos should exercise caution in dealing with agents or persons who offer their services to facilitate the extension of their stay in Singapore.  In a recent case involving a Filipino national in Singapore, an agent allegedly assisted the said national to secure immigration stamps or permits which turned out to be forged; thereby, prompting the Singapore authorities to conduct investigation into the case and prosecuted the said national.

Considering that the use or possession of forged immigration stamps or permits is punishable under the Immigration Act of Singapore and in order to avert any violation thereof, Filipinos travelling into Singapore must ensure that they secure proper permits, immigration or otherwise, from Singapore government authorities concerned.