The accomplishment rate of any visa approval depends on many factors. The country you are applying for, the essential proof of documentation you have and the kind of visa you wish to opt for. Those who know me well know how much I love to do things alone. The planning, the itinerary and the logistics. That is why when I decided to travel to visit my friend in Singapore, one of the major things that popped my head was the success of getting a visa. My friends kept sharing their horror stories on how their Singapore visa application got rejected and how they had to wait to re-apply for a Singapore visa.
Through this article, I shall share my experience of applying for a Singapore eVisa and the mistakes to avoid during the application process and how Blinkvisa can lead you to a guaranteed success of visa.
Singapore tourist visa and validity:
As I was going to visit my friend, I availed a Singapore tourist visa. Also known as Singapore eVisa, this tourist visa is issued by the Embassy permitting tourists for a maximum stay of 30 days and comes with a validity of 2 years. This is a multiple entry permit which means every time you travel to Singapore, you don’t have to apply for a visa! And that came as such a piece of happy news for me because now that I have the privilege, I can plan my travel anytime within the gap of two years.
Read More: Singapore Tourist Visa.
How much is the cost of Singapore tourist visa?
With Blinkvisa, I got some exciting offers on the Singapore visa fee. The visa cost is INR 2690 which is definitely like way less than many other agencies I approached. Some even put out clauses like non-refundable fee. Blinkvisa on the other hand, not only got just INR 500 from me as part of their initial charges but also guaranteed 100% cashback.
Awesome! Isn’t it? They also do not ask you to pay the entire visa fee. We have to pay the remaining fee only after getting the visa approved.
Also Read More: Singapore Visa Fees
How to avail a Singapore visa?
After some basic research, I found that unlike a lot of other countries that enable Singapore Visa On Arrival facility to Indians, Singapore did not provide any such visa processings. And one must avail the visa only through registered visa agencies across in Bangalore. I have always found visa agencies more crowded than ever and the idea of dropping in your passport and leave was not something I felt reliable.
But Blinkvisa changed my mind. The best part of that they offer doorstep facility where you can fix an appointment with the visa expert, fill your address and personal details and a convenient date and time. Boom! They are right there on time to explain the A to Z of Singapore visa application and the requirements.
Read More: How to Apply for Singapore Visa
Singapore Visa Application:
One of the most important requirements for getting a Singapore visa is to make sure the application is submitted with all documents. But sometimes, either the visa agency forgets to tell you or you unknowingly commit a mistake to end up with a rejected visa.
Here, I shall explain the most common pitfalls I avoided during my Singapore visa application.
1. Presenting a damaged or invalid passport:
One of the main reasons for a Singapore visa rejection is the submission of an invalid passport. It is always essential to check the validity of your passport. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of return date with two blank pages.
2. Possession of a valid Singapore visa already:
Applying for a Singapore visa in spite of having a valid Singapore visa will lead to rejection. There are times when people either ignore the time period or in case of one of my friends, she lost her visa copy in unforeseen circumstances and forgot about it. Hence, her visa got rejected. In those cases, you will need to wait for your visa to expire.
3. Not following the visa rules strictly:
If a visa is usually granted for 30 days, don’t try to show a 45-day itinerary and ask for a 45-day visa. And Singapore does not provide Visa On Arrival to Indians, hence, you need to read the rules properly and apply.
For example, Singapore visit visa for India passport holders is 30 days. One of my friends applied for a Visa on Arrival on request through a fake visa agent. Naturally, the agency robbed her off around INR 5000 and the worst part was she didn’t get the visa too! Luckily, Blinkvisa was very specific in explaining to me the regulations and the way of applying for Singapore visa. I got my Singapore eVisa in just 5 working days.
Also read, Singapore visa
4. Using false documents:
If you do not have documents as per consulate’s checklist then you would be required to give declaration for not having these documents. Moreover, in many cases, false documents or lack of documents may be the cause of your visa rejection.
For example, some Indian businessmen have shown false proof that they possess a service passport in order to get exempted from visa application. Not only will the visa get rejected but also you could be charged for a criminal offence.
The major documents you need for a Singapore tourist and business visa are:
- Passport photo Size 3.5 * 4.5 with Matt finish
- Personal covering letter explaining your travel for a tourist visa. In case of business visa, if self-employed – you need to present a cover letter on Business letterhead (Sample attached)
- Flight Tickets (Use Blink Wallet Cashback to get up to 25% discount on flights)
- Hotel Reservations if any (Use Blink Wallet Cashback to get up to 25% discount on hotel)
Also read, Singapore visa requirements
5. Showing an incomplete itinerary:
You need to show your entire travel plan dates when you are applying for a visa. Especially your inward and onward flight tickets.
For example, Indians can avail the 96-hour transit Singapore visa. There is no pre-approval for this kind of a visa, the only major requirement for getting this visa is to make sure you have you’re to and fro flight tickets.
For the best flight deals, you can approach Blinkvisa. With the 100% cashback, you can utilise that on your flight, hotel and tour activity bookings.
Quick checkpoints for your clear road to visa:
- Any applicant with a criminal record will have difficulty in getting the visa. Do not involve yourself in any illegal activities in your home country or while travelling. Having any kind of Police Record can affect your future visa approvals. You might also be subject to deportation and get a permanent ban on entering the country.
- Documents in Regional Languages are not accepted. Most of the consulate cannot verify your documents that are in a regional language. Always translate the documents to English before submitting your file to the Embassy.
- Not having travel insurance. It is advisable to have insurance because you can get covered during those difficult times. For example, if you may happen to lose your valuables or other belongings like passport which you carried along with. On one of the rides in the play zone, you happen to drop it and did not realize. Your Travel Policy will arrange for compensation under this head.
- Failure in following the Visa rules and regulations. Following these rules strictly is a mandate, failing to which Consulates reject applications.
Common FAQs to help you get Singapore tourist visa:
1. What are the Singapore tourist visa requirements?
- Original Passport with at least six months validity and minimum two blank pages
- Visa Application form duly filled and signed
- Recent colour photograph with white background (35X45 mm in size)
- Updated Bank Statement of the last six months with bank seal
- Confirmed return air ticket
2. How can I get a Singapore business visa?
You can apply for the Singapore business visa online through a convenient electronic system that has streamlined the process. However, the Singapore High Commission does not accept any walk-in applications and all applications would have to be submitted to Authorised Visa Agents and Strategic Partners. On successful submission of your application, the Authorised agents will provide your Singapore visa via email.
Read More: Singapore Business Visa
3. How much balance should I have in my account?
A minimum of INR 75000 bank balance is required to apply for a Singapore visit visa. You need to submit the bank statement for the last 3 months, which is mandatory. If you can have about 75-1 lac in the account during this time would be convenient for the clearance.
4. Singapore eVisa is a paper visa or sticker visa? And why?
The Singapore visa for Indians is now changed from a sticker visa to an e-visa. This e-visa will be sent in PDF format to the applicant. The approved visa will also have a unique identification number. The visa holder just needs to show it at the immigration counter on arrival.