Can I Get Singapore Visa From Malaysia?

Goh Jun Cheng


Many people who are living in or visiting Malaysia often want to also visit neighboring Singapore. A common question is whether you can get a Singapore visa while being in Malaysia. The short answer is yes, it is possible to apply for and obtain a Singapore visa when you are in Malaysia.

In this detailed guide, we will cover everything you need to know about getting a Singapore visa from Malaysia.

Overview of Singapore Visas

Singapore issues several different types of visas, each with specific purposes, validity periods, and eligibility requirements. The main types of visas are:

Tourist Visa

This allows for either single entry or multiple entries for tourism purposes. It is valid for up to 30 days.

Business Visa

For business travelers, valid up to 3 months. Requires a letter of invitation from the Singapore company you will be visiting.

Employment Pass

For foreign professionals working in Singapore. Issued for up to 2 years for qualified candidates. Requires securing employment first.

Dependent Pass

For dependents (spouse and children under 21) of someone holding an Employment Pass. Valid up to 2 years.

Student Pass

For international students studying in Singapore. Valid for the duration of the academic program. Requires letter of acceptance from the educational institution.

Permanent Resident Visa

For foreign nationals who want to live long-term or permanently in Singapore. Issued initially for 5 years.

Getting a Singapore Visa from within Malaysia

Now that we have an overview of the different types of visas, let’s look specifically at how to get a Singapore visa while you are located in Malaysia.

The good news is that Malaysia citizens do not need a visa to enter Singapore for tourism or social visits up to 90 days. So for short visits, you can enter Singapore freely.

For visits longer than 90 days or for purposes other than tourism, you will need to get an appropriate Singapore visa before traveling. This can definitely be done from within Malaysia.

Here are the steps:

1. Determine the Type of Visa Needed

First, figure out which visa category fits your purpose of travel or stay in Singapore. Refer to the overview section above.

2. Gather Required Documents

Each visa type requires specific documents, such as passport, application forms, letters of invitation, etc. Check the requirements and prepare all necessary paperwork.

3. Submit Visa Application

Applications can be submitted online or through the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. Follow the directions carefully. Pay the visa application fee.

4. Attend Interview (if needed)

Some visas require an in-person interview at the Singapore High Commission. This is usually short and covers basics like purpose of trip and duration of stay.

5. Receive Visa Approval

If approved, you will either be issued an electronic visa or a physical visa sticker affixed to your passport. Double check that all details are correct.

6. Travel to Singapore!

Once you receive the Singapore visa, you are all set to travel to Singapore from Malaysia! Be sure to carry all required documentation.


Getting a visa for your trip to Singapore while you are still in Malaysia is a straightforward and convenient process. Determine which visa type you need based on your travel purpose and duration. Gather documents, submit application online or in person, and complete any interviews scheduled.

Once approved, you will receive your Singapore visa electronically or as a physical sticker.


Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, “Apply For A Singapore Visa.” https://www.ica.gov.sg/enter-depart/entry_requirements/visa_requirements

Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, “Visa Information.” https://www.mfa.gov.sg/kualalumpur-mea/?M=O#3

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