Short Term Visit Pass (STVP)
Upon your arrival into Singapore, depends on your nationality, you will obtain a STVP that will grant you a stay between 30/90 days. There are possibilities for extensions. Kindly ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day of your arrival. If you are in Singapore for a meeting, seminars, discussions, or on fact-finding missions, there is no need to apply for a Business Visa. You are allowed to partake in these activities with a STVP.
What is Visa Run?
Visa run is a brief trip over the international border to purposefully reset the visa validity of the originating country. This is very common between Singapore and Malaysia, and the timer resets when you exit one country and entry another. In case of leaving Singapore, the popular option is to leave via Singapore-Johor Causeway, spend a day and enjoy some shopping in Johar Bahru or see Legoland Malaysia, and again go back to Singapore for another 30/90 days.
If a foreigner finishes his 30 days of stay and tries to do a visa return (or U-turn), there are 50/50 that he’ll be questioned on purpose of Singapore stay. There might be a chance that he’ll be asked for an interview at the border and asked for questions like where will you accommodate? When do you leave as per your plan? What are you doing in Singapore? Where do you work and from where you get such money for a long vacation?
There are chances that some foreigners might not stop at first U-turn, but chances increase with every entry, and it’ll be practically 100% after 4-5 times that questions will be asked.
Then it’ll be a game of answers, but it’s hard to satisfy them or prove that you are an addicted tourist to Singapore if you have spent 3-4 months here.
In case you fail to convince the officer that you are a tourist, then the officer will refuse your entry (no matter you have a valid visa).
Types of Singapore Visa
That’s why, if you are looking for a long-term relocation in Singapore, the options proposed below will be a good alternative for you.
To get started in Singapore, the first thing is to plan for your accommodation. Before you decide to rent or buy a house in Singapore, you can first settle down somewhere in the city (which is not cheap). To keep the cost down, you might opt for the hostel option for the first few days:
- Summer Tavern Hostel, which is in Clarke Quay, is one of the best options to consider for accommodation. Summer Tavern Hostel is highly recommended in many guidebooks like Lonely Planet. And the reason is clear – affordable price and attractive location. With Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Raffles, and China Town all located at walking distance, no wonder Summer Tavern Hostel is a popular pick among travelers.
- Besides Tavern Hostel, Raffles Hostel is another popular choice among travelers. You should be smartly dressed if you want to go in.