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Old Dec 21, 10, 4:20 pm   #1
 
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Singapore Transit visa for Indian national holding USA work Visa

I am travelling from USA to India via Singapore. I am planning to stay in singapore for 1 night/2 days. As I do not have enough time to take a singapore visa before I leave USA, I am betting on the VFTF (visa free transit facility) for my stay there.

I satisfy all the below conditions for the the VFTF.
Validity of Indian passport and USA visa till 2012;
Enough money to last for the intended period of stay in Singapore; (Do we need to show bank statement for this?)
Confirmed onward/ return tickets;

What are the documents we should produce for the immigration officer at the airport for VFTF?

What is the probability of getting a VFTF on landing at Changi Airport? If it is doubtful, what are my other options? I have only a week left before I start from USA, can I still apply for a Singapore Visa in USA?
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Old Dec 22, 10, 5:38 am   #2
 
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If you fulfill the conditions and don't raise any obvious flags, you'll get the VFTF. Onward ticket, US long-term visa and hotel reservation (or some other place to stay) should be enough. As far as I know "sufficient funds" isn't defined, and it's pretty unlikely you'll be asked, but having a credit card or a few hundred dollars in cash should suffice.

You didn't say where in the US you are, but most Sg embassies can process visa applications in 2-3 days. Unlikely to be worth the hassle though.
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Old Dec 22, 10, 1:20 pm   #3
 
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If you fulfill the conditions and don't raise any obvious flags, you'll get the VFTF. Onward ticket, US long-term visa and hotel reservation (or some other place to stay) should be enough. As far as I know "sufficient funds" isn't defined, and it's pretty unlikely you'll be asked, but having a credit card or a few hundred dollars in cash should suffice.

You didn't say where in the US you are, but most Sg embassies can process visa applications in 2-3 days. Unlikely to be worth the hassle though.
Thanks for the reply.

I am in the Bay Area. The nearest Singapore consulate is in San Francisco. I called them and they said it takes 5 days to process the visa. Considering the Chritmas and new year holiday season, I have exactly 5 working days left before I start. If the processing gets delaed by even 1 day, my passport will be stuck with them, I can not travel at all.

So decided to go with the VFTF on arriving in Singapore.
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Old Jan 9, 11, 8:53 pm   #4
 
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Hi, Can you share your travel experiences? I am planning to visit my friends in singapore on the way back from India to US. Please share us your recent experience with "Visa Free Transitt Facilities" Also, is it mandatory I have to book a hotel for one night stay?
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Old Nov 4, 11, 12:55 pm   #5
 
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Does anyone have any experience of using this VFTF?
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