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Is the Singapore Visa Free for Norwegian Citizens?

Goh Jun Cheng

Introduction

Singapore is a popular travel destination for many Norwegian citizens looking to explore Southeast Asia. With convenient flight connections from major Norwegian cities to Singapore’s Changi Airport, the city-state is easily accessible for Norwegians.

However, before booking a trip, it’s important for Norwegian citizens to understand Singapore’s visa requirements. In this blog post, we’ll provide a detailed overview of whether Norwegians can enter Singapore without a visa.

Background on Singapore’s Visa Policy

Singapore has a generally open visa policy, allowing citizens of most developed countries to enter without a visa for tourism and business purposes. There are a few visa-free access programs in place:

The Visa Free Transit Facility

This allows qualifying passengers to transit through Singapore Changi Airport without a visa. However, they cannot leave the transit area.

The Singapore Visa Free Transit Facility

This permits transit through Singapore by land, sea, or air, for up to 96 hours. Again, travelers cannot leave the transit area.

Short Term Visit Passes

Citizens of selected countries can enter Singapore without a visa and stay for up to 30 days.

Can Norwegians Enter Singapore Without a Visa?

The short answer is yes, Norwegian passport holders can enter Singapore without a visa for leisure or business trips of up to 30 days.

Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) includes Norway on its list of countries eligible for the 30-day short term visit pass. As long as they meet the entry requirements, Norwegian citizens can enter Singapore visa-free by presenting a valid Norwegian passport.

Some key things for Norwegians to note:

  • The passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining
  • Onward or return tickets are required
  • Proof of sufficient funds may be requested

The short term visit pass allows Norwegians to engage in tourism activities and make business-related contacts. However, they cannot work or study while visiting Singapore visa-free.

What Activities Can Norwegians Do on a Short Term Visit Pass?

There are many things Norwegian travelers can do during a 30-day visa-free trip to Singapore, such as:

  • Sightseeing at attractions like Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Universal Studios Singapore
  • Exploring Singapore’s culture and cuisine in neighborhoods like Little India, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam
  • Shopping on famous Orchard Road or at malls like ION Orchard and VivoCity
  • Enjoying Singapore’s lively nightlife in Clarke Quay and Boat Quay
  • Taking a day trip to nearby islands like Sentosa or Pulau Ubin
  • Playing golf at Singapore’s world-class golf courses
  • Attending business meetings, conferences, or exhibitions in Singapore
  • Transiting through Changi Airport to other destinations in Asia

However, visa-free visitors cannot overstay, study, work, or seek medical treatment in Singapore. Fat fines apply for overstaying the 30 day limit.

How to Extend a Singapore Visit Beyond 30 Days

If Norwegians wish to stay in Singapore longer than 30 days, they must apply for an extension of their short term visit pass before it expires. Applications can be made online via ICA’s e-services website.

Alternatively, Norwegians can apply for a long term immigration pass like:

  • Employment pass – for foreign professionals working in Singapore
  • Entrepreneur pass – for business investors/entrepreneurs
  • Student pass – for international students studying in Singapore
  • Dependant’s pass – for spouses and children of employment pass holders

These usually need to be applied for with the assistance of a local sponsoring company or institution. Supporting documents are required. Approval can take several weeks.

Singapore’s strict visa rules aim to maintain security.Norway is one of over 170 privileged countries whose citizens can enter visa-free for short visits. This visa waiver reflects Singapore’s close ties with Norway.

Conclusion

In summary, Norwegian citizens can enter Singapore without a visa for tourism or business purposes for up to 30 days. This provides ample time to explore this fascinating Asian hub.

Norwegians should ensure their passport is valid for at least 6 months and have onward travel plans. Longer stays require applying for a specific immigration pass, well in advance of the 30 day mark.

References

Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, “Countries/Regions Requiring Visa for travel to Singapore” https://www.ica.gov.sg/visitor/visitor_visa/visitor_visa_requirements/guidelines

Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, “Short Term Visit Passes” https://www.ica.gov.sg/visitor/visitor_visa/short_term_visit_pass

Singapore Ministry of Manpower, “Passes for Foreign Manpower” https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits

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