Singapore - Formalities
With effect from 1st January 2012 it is now necessary to notify the Port Master at least 12 hours prior to arrival at Singapore.
The Notification of Arrival report must be addressed to the Port Master and provide the following information in the format as shown:-
LEE CHENG WEE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
1. Name of vessel
2. Call Sign
3. MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity Code)
4. IMO Number (Number issued by Lloyds Register)
5. Draft (in metres)
6. Height (in metres i.e. air draft)
7. Name of local agent
8. ETA (local time in form DDMMYYYYHHMM)
9. Direction from which the vessel is approaching Singapore e.g. E (East), W (West) or S (South). Note: Only one direction is to be indicated.
10. Intended Location
11. Name of last port of call
12. Any remarks (e.g. engine failure, medical assistance etc.)
To be sent via E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Telefax (65) 6224 5776
A vessel returning from a location in the Singapore Strait may transmit the notification of arrival report via VHF radio immediately on departure from the location. This report shall be transmitted on VHF Channel 10 for a vessel in the VTIS East sector, VHF Channel 14 for a vessel in the VTIS Central sector or VHF Channel 73 for a vessel in the VTIS West sector of the Singapore Strait.
Please contact Capt Lim Cheng Hai at DID (65) 6325 2453 if you have any queries.
All vessels are required to have an AIS transponder that is approved for use within the port by the MPA or the Port Master. Address any queries to Lee Cheng Wee at email@example.com
Failure to have an AIS transponder can result in a substantial fine.
On Arrival at the Port of Singapore
Fly the "Q" flag.
All approaches are well buoyed and lit, but due to the large amount of shipping, night arrivals should be avoided.
There are two "At sea" immigration clearance areas for yachts in Singapore:
1. Western Anchorage: located south east of Pulau Sentosa, on the north west corner of the Sisters Islands.
Approximate Position Lat. 01° 13.0 ‘ N. Long. 103° 49.7’ E
Radio "Western Immigration" on VHF 74.
2. Changi Immigration: located north east of the naval base, by South Angler buoy.
Approximate Position Lat 01° 20.2 ‘ N. Long. 104° 03.8 ‘ E
Radio on VHF 74, call sign "ICA-Changi Airport Immigration".
Fly numeral pendants 2 & 5 during daylight or display 2 green vertical lights at night.
A grey Immigration boat will come alongside and you need to pass your documents to them via a net. Ensure you include passports with immigration forms, up to 4 copies of the crew list, port clearance from previous port and ship's papers. There is no charge for this service.
Within 24 hrs of arrival, the skipper must report to the One-Stop-Document-Centre at the Maritime Port Authority to complete inward clearance. The previous Port Clearance Certificate, together with 2 copies of the General Declaration (GD) form are required. A copy of the GD form and a GDV no. will be issued.
The process takes only a few minutes. You can clear in and out at the same time if your stay will be two days or less.
Your clearance out can be done two days in advance, with a noon deadline on the 2nd day. If you arrive on a weekend, simply wait until Monday to go to the One Stop Centre.
The One-Stop-Document-Centre charges $30 Singapore for clearance.
It is now a requirement that visiting yachts must obtain cruising permits in order to cruise within Port of Singapore waters, including moving between marinas. See "Restrictions" for more information.
Port Clearance application can be done within 24 hours prior to departure at the One-Stop-Document-Centre.
The yacht must proceed to one of the 2 arrival anchorages to clear Immigration. Here the passports (with retained white card portion), 3 copies of the crew list, the arrival crew list and the Singapore Port Clearance Certificate are needed.
If you plan ahead for your next trip out of Singapore you can notify Immigration of your intended departure and return to the clearing anchorage by submitting the completed Arrival/Departure Advice Form which is available from the Marine Office. This form needs to be faxed to the Immigration Office (Fax No: 6293 67543) at least 6 hours before your intended departure or arrival. By using this service you ensure that the Immigration Officers who are on the station at the anchorage are informed in advance and will be expecting you. This will help speed up the process of clearing.
Customs do not usually visit yachts, but random spot checks are made from time to time.
Clearance is no longer possible at Raffles Marina.
Last updated April 2016.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.
No visa is required for citizens of most countries. See www.ica.gov.sg for a list of countries whose citizens do require one. Note that overstaying your visa in Singapore results in strict penalities.
Visiting yacht crew are issued with a two week landing pass upon entry. If the remainder of the crew is listed as 'passengers' then they will be issued with a normal length visitor's visa (this will depend on nationality). A landing pass can no longer be renewed in person and must be done through an agent.
For stays longer than two months Immigration may require proof why an extension is requested. A letter from a boatyard, saying that work is being carried out on the boat, is normally sufficient.
As these restrictions apply to individuals, not to the boat itself, it is sometimes easier to take the bus to neighbouring Malaysia and obtain a visitor's visa when returning to Singapore. A yacht can extend its stay for a maximum of 6 months, at the end of which time it must leave Singapore for one month before returning.
When checking in, ensure that your passport is stamped as
visitor not as
crew as this can cause difficulties when entering Malaysia.
Immigration may want to see proof of sufficient funds.
Immigration craft can be contacted on VHF channel 74.
Last updated May 2015.
Firearms, including spear guns, need an import permit from the Marine Police. Customs clearance is usually only required if you have items to declare.
The permit must be obtained in advance - two weeks is the minimum period necessary for obtaining a permit. Firearms will then be sealed on board. Yachts arriving without a permit will, after declaring their firearms to Customs, have to return to the boat with the Marine Police who will escort them to the armoury by taxi to deposit the firearms. On departure, they will be escorted back to the yacht with the firearms, for which a fee will be charged.
The relevant prescriptions for any prescribed medicines held on board may have to be shown to Customs. The Singapore authorities have a very strict policy regarding illegal drugs and there is a death penalty for drug trafficking.
Yachts can remain indefinitely, but the captain must report to the authorities every two months.
Last updated May 2015.
The officials do not work outside working hours, so there is no overtime fee.
Nominal harbour and light dues are calculated per GRT.
There are no charges for immigration. The One-Stop-Document-Centre charges 30 SIN$ for clearance.
Raffles marina charge about 240 SIN$ for organising clearance in and out, and if staying here you must use their clearance service.
Last updated November 2010.
Some areas of the harbour, which are marked on the charts, are prohibited either for anchoring or for passing through - for example there is a height restriction of 45 ft (15 m) in the area close to the airport.
It is now a requirement that visiting yachts must obtain cruising permits in order to cruise within Port of Singapore waters, including moving between marinas. In order to qualify for the permit, the visiting yacht must be fitted with an IMO AIS transponder or a Harbour Craft Transponder System (HARTS) transponder. Yachts not fitted with such a device may rent one from one from Raffles Marina, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, One 15 Marina, Changi Sailing Club, Marina Country Club or the SAF Yacht Club (Sembawang). Rental fees are S$60 for the initial 3 days and $15 per day for each subsequent day thereafter plus a deposit of $300.
Note that a transponder is NOT required if you are clearing in and going directly to a marina. It is only required if you are going from one marina to another or to a boatyard.
An application form for a cruising permit must be submitted to the Port Master (via fax no. 6224 5776) at least 6 hours before the commencement of any intra-port activity. Note that if renting a transponder the marina will have to complete a section of the form. For more information contact the MPA Port Master on Tel. 6325 2453, Fax. 6325 2425. Forms are available from the MPA website
Please also note that craft are not allowed to use sails when moving in Singapore waters.
Last updated June 2009.
The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) is applicable in Singapore and requires all pets to have a Pet Passport, a current Health Certificate and current Rabies Vaccination Certificate valid within not less than 30 days and not more than 1 year and are to be microchipped by recognised Veterinarian. A period of quarantine is required if arriving from some countries.