This page serves as a guide to Singapore citizens on passport-related matters.
Passports Act 2007
The Passports Act 2007 was operationalised on 1 Dec 2007.
The Singapore passport is well regarded internationally because it is a highly secure document with several security features. As criminal and terrorist elements are known to use photo-substituted or forged passports to facilitate their movement, it is essential that Singapore has the necessary laws to safeguard the security and integrity of the Singapore passport.
How does it impact you?
It is important for Singaporeans to immediately report the loss or theft of their passport as this allows ICA to promptly alert foreign immigration authorities and share information on the lost and stolen passports in order to curb the abuse of passports worldwide.
A Singapore passport will be cancelled once it is reported lost or stolen.
The following are two important requirements that you should be mindful of:
|It is compulsory for Singaporeans, or a person who has parental responsibility for a Singaporean aged 16 and below, to report the loss or theft of a passport to ICA within 14 days when he first knows of the fact.
||For failure to report the loss or theft of a Singapore passport within 14 days when a person first knows of the fact, the person can be fined up to a sum of S$3,000 or sentenced to imprisonment to a term of up to 2 years, or both.
|A Singapore passport will be cancelled once it is reported lost or stolen. Please surrender the passport to ICA within 14 days if it is subsequently found. It is an offence to use a cancelled passport.
||For knowingly using a cancelled Singapore passport, a person can be fined up to a sum of S$10,000 or sentenced to imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both.
We would like to share with you some common questions on this subject:
Q1: Will it be an offence if a person forgets to notify ICA of the loss or theft of his passport?
Yes, under the Passports Act, all Singaporeans, or a person who has parental responsibility for a Singaporean aged 16 and below, would be guilty of an offence should they fail to report the loss, theft or destruction of the Singapore Passport or Singapore Travel Document issued to him or to the child.
The law requires them to report the loss, theft or destruction to an authorised officer within 14 days after the first time the person becomes aware of the loss, theft or destruction to ICA.
Any of the aforesaid persons who fails to make such a notification shall be liable on conviction, to a fine of not more than $3,000 OR to imprisonment for a term of not more than 2 years OR to both.
Q2: Why is it necessary to report the destruction of a Singapore passport?
There may be instances where a passport that is reported as destroyed may not be destroyed in reality, but instead ends up in the hands of a person who is not authorised to be in possession of such a passport. This opens an avenue for the person to either sell or misuse the passport.
It is therefore necessary to mandate the need to report the destruction of the Singapore passport or travel document so as to keep a proper record of our passports, and to remove such passports from circulation to prevent abuse.
Q3: Can a person be allowed to keep his cancelled or invalidated passport if he would like to have it as a keepsake?
A person is allowed to keep his cancelled or invalidated passport if he has presented the passport to ICA for proper cancellation. However, we would like to highlight that a Singapore travel document remains the property of the Singapore Government.
Q4: If a person loses his passport in a country where Singapore does not have a Singapore overseas mission, what does the person have to do?
The person has to make a report to the local police or similar authority in the country where he is in and contact his next-of-kin in Singapore. His next-of-kin will then have to go to ICA with a passport application, 2 passport-sized photographs of the person, documentary proof of Singapore citizenship (e.g. Identity Card) and a copy of the police report. ICA will then issue a Document of Identity for the next-of-kin to arrange for it to be sent the person overseas. The person may then use the Document of Identity to leave the country and return to Singapore.
Q5: If a person reports the loss of his passport in our foreign mission, does he have to report the loss to ICA again when he returns to Singapore?
The person does not have to report the loss to ICA as the report made at our foreign mission would have updated our records and the passport would be invalidated in our system.
Q6: When reporting the death of a person, is it necessary to bring the passport of the deceased for invalidation?
No, it is not necessary. The person reporting the death should bring the identity card of the deceased to report the death. Both the identity card and passport of the deceased would be invalidated in our system. If the passport is also brought along, the officer will physically invalidate it by punching holes in it.
Q7: Must the old passport be returned for invalidation when the new passport is issued?
Yes, the passport applicant is required to produce the current valid passport for invalidation to ICA before a new passport can be issued.
For more information on passport-related matters, please visit the FAQs on passport here