Immigration weekly update: October 14, 2021

Global immigration update for India, Malaysia and Singapore


India: Application for electronic visas

From October 15, the Ministry of Home Affairs will begin granting ‘Tourist Visas’ to foreign nationals travelling to India via chartered flights. Foreign tourists travelling to India by flights other than charters can do so from November 15. At present the e-visa portal for tourist visas is still suspended and it is expected that the regular Tourist Visa applications should be lodged at the nearest Indian embassy.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Malaysia: Latest procedure for Malaysians travelling overseas

The Malaysian Immigration Department has updated the procedures for Malaysian nationals who plan to travel overseas. The following categories are allowed to go abroad without having to apply for MyTravelPass (MTP) and are required to show relevant supporting documents to the immigration officer at the checkpoint:

Existing categories:

  • Diplomats and officers of the Malaysian Embassy who will return abroad including their respective dependents.
  • Long Term Pass Holders abroad (Permanent Resident / Work Pass etc.).
  • Work with petroleum companies and shipping companies that need to sign-on on ships abroad.

Additional Categories:

  • Students and dependents who continue their studies with requirements to have a valid student visa or dependent visa.
  • Student who newly received/offered to study abroad with two people.
  • Students (existing) who continue their studies abroad with two people.
  • Students who sit for examinations abroad with two people.
  • Emergency matters such as death and critical illness.
  • Visiting spouse abroad where the marriage is registered abroad.
  • Participate in sports events, seminars and meetings.
  • Participate in humanitarian aid missions.

The following categories must apply for approval through the system MyTravelPass (MTP), My Travel Pass (

  • Newly offered to work abroad
  • Attend training / visits abroad
  • Participate in exhibitions abroad by submitting a support letter from the Regulatory Agency
  • Spouse / Fiancé Visa Holder (marriage not legally registered)

The following categories are NOT ALLOWED to leave the country:

  • Travel / vacation
  • Regular visits to family members

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Immigration Department (in Malay).

Singapore: Border measure – update

The Ministry of Health (MOH) have recently announced changes to the border measures. The travelers travel history for all the countries will now be changed from 21 days to 14 days, this includes transit enroute to Singapore and duration in Singapore prior to the travel.

Country/Region Category Classifications Update:

Category II: Travelers from Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican City.

Category III: Travelers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives and Slovenia.

From November 1, Long Term Pass holders, travelers from category I and II with travel history in the last 14 days to all countries before arriving must be fully vaccinated. Dependent pass holders, below 18 years old will need to get their first vaccination in Singapore using a Pandemic Special Access Route within one month of arrival. LTP holders who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions, employers must submit a request via Vaccination Exemption Request.

No source available at the time of writing.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).

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