Do check to ensure that your passport is valid, or arrange to have it renewed in advance to facilitate travels, as at least 6 months validity (from the date of entry) on your passport is required for travel to most countries. Please note that passport renewal follows the same procedures as a new application.
How to apply/renew your passport
Save yourself the hassle of queues and an extra trip to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building (ICA). You may renew/aApply for a new passport online via the e-service Application for Passport On-line Electronic System (APPLES), and save yourself the hassle of a trip to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Application for a new passport is also possible by mail, via the Deposit Boxes at ICA (situated on Levels 1, 2, or 3), or over the counter at the ICA Citizen Services Centre.
You will be notified by post to collect your passport once it is ready, and an acknowledgement card (pink card) will be mailed to you within 1 week from the date ICA receives your application. Applicants are then encouraged to make an appointment on the ICA website for passport collection. Applicants must come in person to collect the passport with the documents specified on the acknowledgement card.
Get your SingPass (Singapore Personal Access) account ready before you go overseas. SingPass allows you to access all government e-services with just one ID and PasswordWith hundreds of Government e-Services accessible at the touch of your fingertips, Singapore Personal Access (SingPass) will come in handy when you look to settle various administrative matters while overseas. Users only have to remember one password when connecting and transacting with multiple Government agencies. Available to Singapore Citizens aged 15 and above, you can register for SingPass in Singapore or while you are abroad. Upon successful registration, your SingPass password will be mailed to your registered address (either local or overseas). Do note that there will be a longer delivery time for overseas mails.
2-Step Verification (2FA)
From 5th July 2016, you will require SingPass 2-Step Verification (2FA) to perform sensitive government e-transactions, such as view CPF statements and file taxes. With 2FA, users will be required to enter a One-Time Password (OTP) sent via SMS, or generated through a OneKey token. This move is to better protect the personal information of Singaporeans.
As only Singapore-registered mobile numbers can be used to register for SMS 2FA, please follow the steps below to register for a OneKey Token if you are/will be using an overseas number instead and have a SingPass account:
If you have already updated your overseas address with ICA, you can directly register for your 2FA at https://www.singpass.gov.sg. You will then receive a PIN mailer and a OneKey Token separately at your overseas address within 10 working days (subject to overseas postal operator delays).
If you have not updated your overseas address with ICA and need to set up your SingPass 2FA urgently, please complete the following steps to do so:
Register for OneKey Token
Please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
Proof of Identity
Softcopies of your NRIC (front & back) and Passport ID Pages
Proof of Overseas Address (documents must be less than 3 months old and contain your name and current overseas address)
Softcopy of your household utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity or water bill), or letter from your local municipal office.
Overseas-registered Mobile Number
This is so that the team can contact you to clarify the details, if necessary.
- Proof of Identity
After submitting the documents, a confirmation email will be sent to you within two working days. You will then receive a PIN mailer and a OneKey Token separately at your overseas address within 10 working days (subject to overseas postal operator delays). If you do not receive by then, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activate OneKey Token
Follow the instructions in the PIN mailer to activate your 2FA and complete the setup.
For more information on 2FA, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Citizenship for non-Singaporean spouse
If you marry a foreigner and start a family overseas, you can sponsor your spouse for Singapore citizenship.
Your spouse will have to:
This takes place at the ICA Building in Singapore. It’ll cost you just $100 per application. Give yourself three to six months for the applications to be processed.
Click here to view more details on citizenship application.
To all NSMen, take note if you are going overseas for 6 months or more, you would need to apply for an Exit Permit. Save yourself a trip to the Central Manpower Base (CMPB) and apply for it online via NS Portal at the Apply for Exit Permit link .
If your trip is more than 14 days and shorter than 6 months, all you have to do is to notify MINDEF of your overseas trips via any of the following ways:
- Via NS Portal at the Notify Overseas Trip link
- SMS to 36161 (eNSNS)
- Call NS Call Centre at 1800-367 6767 (1800-eNSNS)
- Fax to 6853 7894
- Mail to NS Call Centre at 5 Ang Mo Kio St 62, NCS Hub, Singapore 569141
Remember also to update MINDEF of any change in your particulars online via your NS Portal at the e-Self Update link.
For more information vist this MINDEF webpage.
Pre-enlistees between 13 to enlistment age
All male Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents are liable for National Service (NS). They will be enlisted at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old.
You will have to apply for an Exit Permit for your son if he is 13 years old and above.
|AGE||DURATION OVERSEAS||THINGS TO DO|
|13 to 16.5 years old||
3 months or longer, but less than 2 years.
More than 2 years.
Apply for Exit Permit
Apply for Exit Permit Bond is required
|13 to 16.5 years old||
3 months or longer.
Apply for Exit Permit Bond is required
For more information to prepare yourself and your son for National Service, visit CMPB.
NS-liable Persons with Dual Citizenship
If your son has dual citizenship, it is still mandatory for him to register for NS when he reaches 16 1/2 years of age. On turning 18 years of age, he has to serve 2 years of NS.
Singapore does not recognize dual citizenship. If your son decides to retain his Singapore Citizenship upon reaching 21 years of age, he is required to renounce his foreign citizenship."
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