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Question regarding Entering SIngapore

Post by lechd7d » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 2:45 am

If have read and heard different things regarding the necessity to provide onward travel plans when entering Singapore.

My Girlfriend and I are moving from the U.S.A. to singapore. I have a student Visa and she plan to apply for an EPEC and or 90 day extended stay pass after arriving.

I have been told that it is a requirement that you show onward travl plans (eg. return ticket or ticket to next destination) in order to be allowed to enter. I have also been told that they do not actually check for this. Having an onward ticket would be silly for someone who plans to extend their stay. Especially since the vibe I get is that most visa stuff is taken care of once you get to singapore anyways.

Does anyone know what the deal is with this? Is it likely she will need to show a ticket proving she intends to leave.. even if she doesn't?

Thanks for the advice :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 7:02 am

Let's put it this way. It's unlikely that she will need it, but it's a requirement. You want to gamble, go ahead. You want to take the chance of seeing her rejected at immigration and have to go home?

Your choice. :-|
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Post by lechd7d » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 9:32 am

Thanks for the advice :)

I'm wondering what a cheaper alternative is to a return ticket back to the states since that would most likely run close to a thousand and would have to be cancelled once a visa is issued.

Since all the want is proof of onward travel plans within a 30 day period, would a budget ticket to tokyo work? What about a train ticket to Malasyia? Hopefully fully refundable ^^

Any advice?

P.S. The help and advice received so far in regards to all my questions on this forum has been really appreciated. Especially you Mods <3

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 9:57 am

I guess what I don't get is that she is going to have to leave anyway unless she gets an EPEC, finds a job, and MOM grants an EP... no guarantee at all that any of the above will happen. In fact, unless your girlfriend is well experienced, none of this will happen. So, she will have to leave.

So why not keep the second half of a round trip ticket? If you price air fares you'll see that a one way ticket is NOT one half of a return... it is much more.

Yes, an outward bound ticket to KL, Bangkok, or elsewhere would suffice.

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Post by hibri2 » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 10:56 am

lechd7d wrote: Any advice?
you can buy a very cheap ticket singapore-thailand or singapore-penang (it will be really cheap and you can buy online) and show that if required... if you dont use it cool and if you want, you can just use it to get a hop out of singapore for a weekend to one of the nice nearby places...
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Post by lechd7d » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:11 am

Hibri2: Thanx for the advice. How cheap is really cheap? Are you referring to train or plane? Which carrier do you recommend?

Strong Eagle: I believe she is experienced enough to get an EPEC and a job. I also believe her education and experience would be worthy of MOM granting an EP assuming the job she finds is in her field of expertise. Also we have already purchased the one ways, and will be leaving in like a week. So there is no second half of a round trip ticket to keep :)

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Post by hibri2 » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 11:19 am

lechd7d wrote:Hibri2: Thanx for the advice. How cheap is really cheap? Are you referring to train or plane? Which carrier do you recommend?
just doing a quick google search found tickets to penang (which by the way it is quite a nice place to spend a weekend anyway just in case :-) ) as low as S$40...

just yesterday i saw in the newspaper they put at the coffee and cookies area of the office a lot of travel offers to thailand... very cheap (less than a S$100)...
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Post by lechd7d » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:19 pm

hibri2 wrote:
lechd7d wrote:Hibri2: Thanx for the advice. How cheap is really cheap? Are you referring to train or plane? Which carrier do you recommend?
just doing a quick google search found tickets to penang (which by the way it is quite a nice place to spend a weekend anyway just in case :-) ) as low as S$40...

just yesterday i saw in the newspaper they put at the coffee and cookies area of the office a lot of travel offers to thailand... very cheap (less than a S$100)...
Very cool. Thanx again! :D

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Post by littlegreenman » Wed, 29 Jul 2009 5:06 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Let's put it this way. It's unlikely that she will need it, but it's a requirement. You want to gamble, go ahead. You want to take the chance of seeing her rejected at immigration and have to go home?

Your choice. :-|
Or as I mentioned many times, not immigration stopped me but the airline staff in BNE didn't allow me to check in as I had a one-way ticket.

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