Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ENTRY INTO AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE

Part IIA SINGAPORE VISAS FOR NON-CITIZENS

Part III ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS

Part IV PROCEDURE ON ARRIVAL IN AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE

Part V REMOVAL FROM SINGAPORE

Part VA OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION

Part VI MISCELLANEOUS

THE SCHEDULE Personal Identifiers

Legislative History

PART II
ENTRY INTO AND DEPARTURE FROM SINGAPORE
Entry into and departure from Singapore
5.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prescribe approved routes and declare such immigration control posts, landing places, airports, train checkpoints or points of entry, as he may consider to be necessary for the purposes of this Act, to be immigration control posts, authorised landing places, authorised airports, authorised train checkpoints or authorised points of entry, as the case may be.
(2)  No person shall, unless compelled by accident or other reasonable cause, enter or attempt to enter Singapore except at an authorised landing place, airport, train checkpoint or point of entry.
[13/77; 38/93; 34/98]
(3)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prescribe approved routes and declare such immigration control posts, places of embarkation, authorised airports, authorised train checkpoints, authorised departing places or authorised points of departure, as the case may be.
[13/77; 38/93]
(4)  No person shall, unless compelled by accident or other reasonable cause, leave or attempt to leave Singapore except at an authorised place of embarkation, airport, train checkpoint, departing place or point of departure.
[13/77; 38/93; 34/98]
(5)  Any person who contravenes subsection (2) or (4) shall be guilty of an offence.
[13/77]
Person entering or leaving Singapore to produce passport, etc.
5A.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), every person, whether a citizen of Singapore or a non-citizen, who is arriving in Singapore (by air, sea or land) from a place outside Singapore, or is leaving Singapore (by air, sea or land) to a place outside Singapore, shall present to an immigration officer at the authorised airport, authorised landing place, authorised train checkpoint, authorised point of entry, authorised departing place or authorised point of departure, as the case may be —
(a)
if the person is a citizen of Singapore (whether or not the person is also the national of a country other than Singapore) — the person’s Singapore passport that is valid, and any other prescribed evidence of the person’s identity and Singapore citizenship; or
(b)
if the person is a non-citizen —
(i)
the person’s foreign passport or other foreign travel document that is valid, and such other evidence of the person’s identity as the immigration officer may require; and
(ii)
where a Singapore visa is required by section 9B, evidence of a Singapore visa that is in effect and is held by the person.
[33/2007]
(2)  The immigration officer may waive —
(a)
the requirements of a passport or travel document if the person is a citizen of Singapore and in prescribed circumstances; or
(b)
the requirements of a passport, travel document or Singapore visa in the case of any person entering Singapore from a place outside Singapore and holding a valid entry permit, re-entry permit or certificate of status issued in accordance with this Act.
[33/2007]
(3)  Any person who enters or leaves Singapore in contravention of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[33/2007]
(4)  Subsection (1) shall not apply to such categories of persons as the Minister may prescribe.
[33/2007]
Control of entry into and departure from Singapore
6.
—(1)  No person, other than a citizen of Singapore, shall enter or attempt to enter Singapore unless —
(a)
he is in possession of a valid entry permit or re-entry permit lawfully issued to him under section 10 or 11;
(b)
his name is endorsed upon a valid entry permit or re-entry permit in accordance with section 12, and he is in the company of the holder of that permit;
(c)
he is in possession of a valid pass lawfully issued to him to enter Singapore; or
(d)
he is exempted from this subsection by an order made under section 56.
[13/77; 34/98; 53/2004]
(2)  Every person departing from Singapore, other than a citizen of Singapore or a person exempted from this subsection by an order made under section 56, shall complete an embarkation form and submit it together with his passport or other travel document for examination by an immigration officer at the time he leaves Singapore.
[53/2004]
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and —
(a)
in the case of an offence under subsection (1), shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months and shall also, subject to section 231 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), be punished with caning with not less than 3 strokes, or where by virtue of that section he is not punishable with caning, he shall, in lieu of caning, be punished with a fine not exceeding $6,000;
(b)
in the case of an offence under subsection (2), shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[35/84; 6/89; 41/95; 53/2004]
(4)  In any proceedings for an offence under subsection (1), it shall be presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the defendant attempted to enter Singapore in contravention of subsection (1)(c) if the defendant was found within the waters of the port and it is proved to the satisfaction of the court that —
(a)
he was unable, or refused, to produce when requested to do so by a police officer or an immigration officer a valid passport or other valid travel document issued by the competent authority of any State or territory;
(b)
he has no visible means of subsistence; or
(c)
he had taken precautions to conceal his identity or presence from any police officer or immigration officer.
[34/98]
(5)  For the purposes of this section, “port” means any place declared to be a port under section 3 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A).
[34/98]
Non-citizens born in Singapore
6A.
—(1)  A child who —
(a)
is born in Singapore on or after 15th January 2005; and
(b)
is not a citizen of Singapore at the time of his birth,
shall be deemed to be issued with a special pass authorising him to remain in Singapore.
[53/2004]
(2)  A special pass referred to in subsection (1) shall be valid for 42 days from the date of the birth of the child and may be extended for such period as the Controller thinks fit.
[53/2004]
(3)  An application to renew a special pass referred to in subsection (1) —
(a)
shall be made —
(i)
in the case of a legitimate child, by the father or mother; or
(ii)
in the case of an illegitimate child, by the mother; and
(b)
shall be in such form as the Controller may determine.
[53/2004]
(4)  Upon an application made under subsection (3), the Controller may extend the special pass or issue the child with such permit or other pass as the Controller thinks fit.
[53/2004]
(5)  The father or mother in the case of a legitimate child, or the mother in the case of an illegitimate child, shall ensure that the child referred to in subsection (1) does not remain in Singapore after the expiry of the special pass or, where a permit or pass has been issued to the child under subsection (4), the expiry of the permit or pass, as the case may be.
[53/2004]
(6)  Any person who contravenes subsection (5) shall be guilty of an offence.
[53/2004]
Right of entry
7.
—(1)  A citizen of Singapore shall be entitled to enter Singapore without having obtained a permit or pass in that behalf under this Act.
(2)  The burden of proof that any person is a citizen of Singapore shall lie upon that person.
Prohibited immigrants
8.
—(1)  Any person, not being a citizen of Singapore, who is a member of any of the prohibited classes as defined in subsection (3) or who, in the opinion of the Controller, is a member of any of the prohibited classes, is a prohibited immigrant.
[34/98]
(2)  Subject to any exemption granted under section 56 —
(a)
no prohibited immigrant who is a member of the prohibited class defined in subsection (3)(o) shall enter Singapore; and
(b)
no other prohibited immigrant shall enter Singapore, unless he is in possession of a valid pass in that behalf issuable to a prohibited immigrant under the regulations.
(3)  The following persons are members of the prohibited classes:
(a)
any person who is unable to show that he has the means of supporting himself and his dependants (if any) or that he has definite employment awaiting him, or who is likely to become a pauper or a charge on the public;
(b)
any person suffering from mental disorder or being a mental defective, or suffering from a contagious or infectious disease which makes his presence in Singapore dangerous to the community;
(ba)
any person suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus;
(c)
any person desiring to enter Singapore who refuses to submit to an examination after being required to do so under section 29(1);
(d)
any person who —
(i)
has been convicted in any country or state of an offence for which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed for any term;
(ii)
has not received a free pardon; and
(iii)
by reason of the circumstances connected with that conviction is deemed by the Controller to be an undesirable immigrant;
(e)
any prostitute or any person who is living on or receiving or who, prior to entering Singapore, lived on or received the proceeds of prostitution;
(f)
any person who procures or attempts to bring into Singapore prostitutes or women or girls for the purpose of prostitution or other immoral purpose;
(g)
vagrants or habitual beggars;
(h)
any person whose entry into Singapore is, or at the time of his entry was, unlawful under this Act or any other written law for the time being in force;
(i)
any person who believes in or advocates the overthrow by force or violence of the Government or of any established government or of constituted law or authority or who disbelieves in or is opposed to established government, or who advocates the assassination of public officials, or who advocates or teaches the unlawful destruction of property;
(j)
any person who is a member of or affiliated with any organisation entertaining or teaching disbelief in or opposition to established government or advocating or teaching the duty, necessity or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers, either of specific individuals or officers generally, of the Government or of any established government, because of his or their official character, or advocating or teaching the unlawful destruction of property;
(k)
any person who, in consequence of information received from any source or from any government through official or diplomatic channels, is considered by the Minister to be an undesirable immigrant;
(l)
any person who has been removed from any country or state by the government of that country or state on repatriation for any reason whatever and who, by reason of the circumstances connected therewith, is considered by the Controller to be an undesirable immigrant;
(m)
any person who, being required by any written law for the time being in force to be in possession of valid travel documents, is not in possession of those documents or is in possession of forged or altered travel documents or travel documents which do not fully comply with that written law;
(n)
the family and dependants of a prohibited immigrant; and
(o)
any person prohibited by an order made under section 9 from entering Singapore.
[38/93; 34/98]
(4)  The burden of proof that any person seeking to enter Singapore is not a prohibited immigrant shall lie upon that person.
(4A)  Where the Controller refuses to allow any person to enter Singapore on the ground that the person is a prohibited immigrant, the Controller shall, if so requested by the person, inform him of the class of prohibited immigrants of which, in the opinion of the Controller, he is a member.
(5)  Subject to any exemption granted under section 56, if any prohibited immigrant enters Singapore otherwise than in accordance with a valid pass lawfully issued to him, he shall be guilty of an offence.
(6)  Any person in possession of a permit issued to him under the provisions of this Act who, upon his arrival in Singapore, is refused permission to enter on the ground that he is a prohibited immigrant, may appeal against the refusal, within such time and in such manner as may be prescribed, to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(7)  Notwithstanding sections 24, 25, 25A and 26, any person who appeals against such refusal shall be permitted to disembark and shall be detained in an immigration depot pending the determination of his appeal, unless released on a pass issued at the discretion of the Controller on such conditions as to furnishing security or otherwise as the Controller may think fit.
[41/95]
Power to prohibit or limit entry into Singapore
9.
—(1)  The Minister may, by order —
(a)
where he thinks it expedient to do so in the interests of public security or by reason of any economic, industrial, social, educational or other conditions in Singapore —
(i)
prohibit, either for a stated period or permanently, the entry or re-entry into Singapore of any person or class of persons;
(ii)
limit the number of persons of any class who may enter Singapore within any period specified in the order;
(iii)
limit the period during which any person or class of persons entering or re-entering Singapore may remain therein;
(b)
prohibit the entry into Singapore of passengers brought to Singapore by any transportation company which refuses or neglects to comply with the provisions of this Act.
(1A)  No order made under subsection (1)(a), except an order made in the interests of public security, shall apply to any person outside Singapore at the time when the order is made and who is in possession of a valid re-entry permit lawfully issued to him.
(2)  An order made under subsection (1) shall not apply to any citizen of Singapore or to any person seeking to enter Singapore under and in accordance with any pass lawfully issued to that person.
(3)  Every order made under subsection (1)(a) which relates to a class of persons, except an order made in the interests of public security, shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication in the Gazette and if a resolution is passed within the next 3 months after the order is so presented disapproving the order or any part thereof, the order or such part thereof, as the case may be, shall thenceforth cease to have effect but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done thereunder.
(4)  Every order made under subsection (1) shall, unless otherwise expressed therein, come into force on the date of the making thereof, and shall be published in the Gazette.
(5)  Any person who enters or re-enters or remains in Singapore in contravention of any order made under subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 4 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $6,000.
[35/84; S 22/89]
(6)  Where a person, who has been previously convicted of any offence which is punishable with imprisonment for a term of not less than 3 years, commits an offence under subsection (5) by the use of a passport or other travel document which bears a name different from that stated in the order made against him under subsection (1), he shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years and not more than 5 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and to caning.
[35/84; S 22/89]