5 Countries Even The Strongest Passport In The World Needs A Visa For

Alongside Japan, Singapore’s passport is the strongest in the world. Singaporeans can get visa-on-arrival or visa-free access to almost 189 countries. That’s huge, isn’t it?

Although, there are a few destinations around the globe that require visa application from Singapore passport holders. Here are the top 5 —


Other than the citizens of Australia or New Zealand, Australian visa is required by everyone else who wishes to enter the country. Australia uses an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system which does not take long to process.

Application Fee: AUD $20 (standard processing time)*
Validity: 1 year

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*the rates might vary if you want an additional priority service to fast-track your application.



Singaporeans planning a trip to India needs to fill a “India visa application” form online. Upon arrival in India, travellers with an e-Visa needs to proceed to a “Visa on Arrival” counter and get a visa stamped on their passport.

Application Fee: USD $25
Validity: 60 days

If you’re of Indian ethnicity, you can apply to be recognised as an Overseas Citizen of India, which further grants  visa-free travel to India.



For Bhutan, Singaporeans require a valid visa and must book their holiday through a Bhutanese tour operator or an international partner who will make the necessary visa arrangements. Passports should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in Bhutan.

Application Fee: USD $40 per person
Please note: The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee, accommodation, tour guides, meals, etc.) has been received in the TCB bank account.



Russia visa is not an easy thing to get. Singaporeans have to ask a Russian travel agency or hotel to issue a tourist confirmation that costs about SGD $40, which they release when a hotel or tour is booked with them. The invitation letter can also be obtained from a relative or establishment that resides within the country.

Application Fees: Between SGD $126 and $403 (depending on many factors)
Validity: 30 days (tourist visa)



Singaporeans can obtain a visa-on-arrival for visiting Egypt. However, visa requirements might change at short notice and which is why it is suggested that visa should be obtained from the Embassy of Egypt before travelling.

Application Fee: Approximately US $25
Validity: 90 days


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