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Postby FaeLLe » Fri, 25 Jun 2010 7:01 pm

MMmm not really but I am aware of these because I have quite a lot of friends from emerging economies.

Well freedom of movement rights are cultural aspects.
This occurs in several other countries in APAC like Burnei etc where citizens are near forbidden to leave the country during events like National Day etc.

But I know for sure countries like India and Pakistan have no such control measures and allows emigration without restraint unless restricted by law.....

Which I guess is good for the OP; his only problem is red tapisim and lack of knowledge of immigration officers on electronic visas.

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Postby Mad Scientist » Sat, 26 Jun 2010 4:59 am

FaeLLe wrote:I am not sure why everyone is advising him of all such incorrect facts.

He has the IPA that is all that is required.
Some airlines have a requirement to show the original visa copy in their Singapore office for an OK TO BOARD message.

This no longer is a requirement from other airlines.

One way out is to fly to another city and transit out to Singapore.
Get a visa to that country stamped on your passport.

Alternatively contact your local singapore embassy and ask them to issue a letter saying that it is standard practice for Singapore to issue only ELECTRONIC VISA's and that they do not issue Physical visas stamped on Passport anymore.

PS. you will never get a physical passport. You need to work out of your local bureaucracy and convince them that this is standard practice for countries like Singapore now.


Also this has nothing to do with his nationality or the actions committed by them. I think this thread has gone off on a tangent :)



If you do not know please keep quite, have you ever bother to read the thread.The IPA is on paper , he still need VISA to enter SG
If you think we are advising him wrongly , show the link to state otherwise.
Pakistanis trying to even enter OZ. SG etc is subject to such inspection. Not only in foreign country but in their own soil.
I think you are on the wrong tangent. :x
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Postby FaeLLe » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:56 pm

Mad Scientist wrote:If you do not know please keep quite, have you ever bother to read the thread.The IPA is on paper , he still need VISA to enter SG
If you think we are advising him wrongly , show the link to state otherwise.
Pakistanis trying to even enter OZ. SG etc is subject to such inspection. Not only in foreign country but in their own soil.
I think you are on the wrong tangent. :x


mm actually the OP mentioned his IPA says that it contains a visa which can be used for travel. Why would ICA want another visa when his IPA says it holds a valid visa?

The only show stopper is the Ok To Board which is a process some airlines have.
Basically airlines like Pakistan Airlines, Air Ìndia etc used to have a process which required someone locally (in SG or the country of travel) to show the original visa to the local airline office (at the destination of travel) which issues an OK TO BOARD notice against the PNR. This allows them to travel with a photocopy of the visa.
(PS. Air India no longer have a Ok To Board process anymore for India - Singapore sector, I know this because of a recent travel I arranged last month)

This restriction is slowly being relaxed for most airlines like Emirates and Singapore Airlines with the rollout of electronic visas.

Hence this is a airline imposed restriction not immigration specific. Primarily because airlines are obliged to send the person back to country of origin at their own expense if the person was found to be not holding a valid visa.

This is from personal experience in hiring foreign workers from India and Bangladesh who travel to Dubai for work.

Actually I know a Pakistani citizen who had a similar IPA with a valid visa (like the OP claims to have) and did not require an Ok to Board because he did a transit through Dubai, UAE through Emirates.

An article describing the "Ok to Board" can be found at http://avindia.blogspot.com/2007/05/ind ... board.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/United_Arab_Emirates

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Postby ksl » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 4:44 pm

actually the OP mentioned his IPA says that it contains a visa which can be used for travel
Though the letter states a single entry visa, the visa authority must be stamped in the passport by the issuing office, that would be the Singapore Office Embassy in Pakistan, which is the jurisdiction office for visa's

So OP needs to send his passport off to get the visa entry into his passport! It is obvious he cannot travel on an IPA letter alone, even if it states single entry visa, it is not a travel document. Its a formality the Singapore consulate will issue the single entry visa, if he takes/sends the letter and passport, so that it can be verified. To double check send a Fax or phone telling them you have received the IPA letter from Singapore. They will probably tell you to visit the nearest office to pick up the Visa. They will not let him board a plane with a letter, showing a VISA. It must be in the travel document! The letter only authorises the issuance of the visa, which would also have to be authenticated by the issuing office in Pakistan.

http://www.visahq.com/visas-faq.php#f6

Singapore Consulate , Pakistan

Lakson Square Building, 2 Sarwar Shaheed Road
Karachi-I
Karachi
Pakistan
Phone:
+92-21-568-6419
+92-21-568-5308

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Postby Mad Scientist » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 6:06 pm

FaeLLe wrote:
Actually I know a Pakistani citizen who had a similar IPA with a valid visa (like the OP claims to have) and did not require an Ok to Board because he did a transit through Dubai, UAE through Emirates.

An article describing the "Ok to Board" can be found at http://avindia.blogspot.com/2007/05/ind ... board.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/United_Arab_Emirates


Look Faelle, you are making a lot of contradictory remarks which are confusing OP and readers alike. This is an immigration regulatory requirement which requires links that support it.
What I and now, KSL, has been saying all along, unless you can show OP and us otherwise from Government Links please stop your confusing post.
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Postby FaeLLe » Sun, 27 Jun 2010 7:20 pm

Mm alrite ill stop with the post.

Just that I know people who have travelled from India using only an IPA without any physical stamp on a passport.
Now if there is a specific requirement to get visa's stamped on a passport I think it would be helpful if we got a official link on that regulation shared as well.


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