Australian passport holders will now find it even easier to qualify for Singapore’s Frequent Traveller Program, which provides fast-track clearance at passport control via automated lanes rather than manned desks, and removes the need to complete passenger cards on arrival and departure.
Under the new rules, Australians can register after visiting Singapore at least twice in the last 24 months: an average of just one visit per year.
Previously, only travellers who’d visited Singapore at least three times in the last 12 months – that’s once every four months – were able to enrol.
Singapore counts one ‘visit’ as an entry into the country (crossing through passport control), followed by a departure: which means merely transiting Changi Airport with a connecting flight doesn’t count, unless you cross the border into Singapore and return airside to complete one visit.
After two entries and departures, you can then enrol for the Frequent Traveller scheme at the airport, by visiting the “eIACS Enrolment Centre” at Changi Terminal 3, located in the airside departures area just after passport control, on the right-hand side.
Even if your flight isn’t departing from T3, as Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by free Skytrain, you’d be able to zip over to T3 to complete the formalities and go back across to the correct terminal in time for your flight.
You can also register for the eIACS at the head office of the country’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority in downtown Singapore, next to Lavender MRT station, which is a fast and painless process.
To complete your enrolment, the Australian passport you present needs to be valid for more than six months, and you’ll need to hand over a completed application form [PDF, 250kB], which you can print at home and complete in advance to save time.
You no longer need to provide a passport-style photograph with your application, as was the case when the program first opened to Australians.
If your application is successful, your fingerprints will be scanned electronically, enabling you to pass through the automated barriers at Singapore passport control on your next visit, and you’ll receive a stamp in your passport confirming your enrolment in the program.
Once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to come and go from Singapore just like a local, provided you’re visiting for business, professional, tourism or social purposes, as opposed to working in Singapore which requires a valid work pass.
For more information, head to the Singapore Government's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website.