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Baby Entry into Singapore (Canadian)

Postby AndrewV » Wed, 09 Apr 2014 5:06 pm

My friend is having this issue so will help him post here.

He is a Singaporean, converted citizenship in 2002, his wife is a Singaporean PR (she is originally from canada). The baby is born in Canada and is a canadian by birth and his father is applying for his singaporeans citizenship once he comes back to Singapore. I know entry into singapore usually requires a return ticket, but the family is coming here to stay for good so they want to buy a one way ticket (which is significantly cheaper). They spoke to the ICA and they said that since the father is a Singaporean and mother is a PR, just to explain to the immigration officer and it should not be an issue. However, their concern is with the boarding process in Canada; Since sometimes they insist that the passenger should have a return ticket when he does not have a legal long term right of abode, how can they convince them that it is not an issue?

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Postby Beeroclock » Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33 pm

Yes I've had this issue with qantas. They claim they could be fined by Singapore govt if they don't follow protocol so were very sticky on it. Eventually after nearly an hour I managed to persuade someone but it was a lot of stress pre flight. We were almost about to pay for a first or business fare fully refundable just to satisfy the requirement and cancel it straight after the flight, but it didn't come to that. I guess you could do this though if you want to be sure.

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Postby Saint » Fri, 11 Apr 2014 9:20 am

Just buy a single ferry ticket to Batam for one adult and the kid and bring it to the Airport when checking in. You then have proof of onwards journey out of Singapore. Will cost about $50 and you just don't use it

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Postby BedokAmerican » Sun, 13 Apr 2014 8:02 am

I had a similar experience as Beeroclock mentioned, but I had to buy return tickets.

My 7 1/2-month-old son and I were checking in at a US airport to fly to Singapore in 2012 to join my husband, who started work here several weeks earlier. The person checking baggage said we couldn't get on board unless we had return tickets because we didn't have visas in hand. I explained we were moving there and were entering on tourist visas that would be converted to dependent passes. The airline didn't care. We called my husband and he said our paperwork was in Sg, but that wasn't good enough for the airline. We had to purchase return tickets (with a return date 90 days out or less) before checking bags and then were able to cancel the return fare and get a refund after arriving in Sg. It's interesting that the airline never mentioned this was an issue when we bought one-way tickets in the first place.

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Postby x9200 » Sun, 13 Apr 2014 9:17 am

Depending on your plans, if you expect you would be back in your country for Christmas or anything, you could also just buy a return ticket. If the dates are not possible to be fixed there are also open return date tickets.

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Postby AndrewV » Tue, 15 Apr 2014 9:11 pm

so as long as they have onward tickets its fine yeah? will tell them to book the cheapest air asia flight from singapore to MY a week after their landing date, that should sort out the issue I guess?

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Postby gailwynand » Tue, 15 Apr 2014 9:31 pm

Even a bus or train ticket to MY should work..


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