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Approval and Notification by the System


Shipping agent will be notified of the outcome of the application via email and SMS. The possible outcomes for arrival and departure applications are listed below:

For Arrival:
» Clearance on Board (COB)
» Advanced Immigration Clearance (In-Principle Approval To Land) [AIC (IPL)]
» Advanced Immigration Clearance (Not To Land) [AIC (NTL)]

For Departure:
» Clearance on Board (COB)
» Advanced Departure Immigration Clearance (ADIC)

For Arrival:

Clearance on Board (COB)
For vessel accorded COB, the crew or passenger will be required to seek physical arrival immigration clearance at one of the gazetted anchorages or wharves before the vessel can proceed to the working anchorage to commence her shipping activities.


Advanced Immigration Clearance (In-Principle Approval To Land) [AIC (IPL)]
Vessel accorded AIC (IPL) can proceed directly to the working anchorage or gazetted wharf to commence her shipping activities. There is no need to seek physical immigration clearance at any gazetted anchorages or wharves. However, the crew is required to seek clearance at an authorised landing place if he wants to land in Singapore.


Advanced Immigration Clearance (Not To Land) [AIC (NTL)]
Shipping agent may apply for Advanced Immigration Clearance (Not To Land) [AIC (NTL)] if the vessel has a short turnaround trip. No crew will be allowed to disembark from the vessel during the vessel’s stay in port. Each application will be assessed on its own merits.


For Departure:

Clearance on Board (COB)
Vessel accorded COB will have to seek physical departure immigration clearance at one of the gazetted anchorages or wharves before she leaves the Singapore Port Waters.


Advanced Departure Immigration Clearance (ADIC)
Vessel accorded ADIC can proceed to leave the Singapore Port Waters after completion of her shipping activities. There is no need to seek physical departure immigration clearance at any of the gazetted anchorages or wharves.

For all arriving and departing vessels, no crew or passenger shall arrive or depart Singapore Port Waters without seeking proper immigration clearance unless the vessel is accorded AIC or ADIC. Vessel accorded COB but fails to obtain physical immigration clearance upon arrival or departure would have committed an offence under the Immigration Act (Chapter 133) and would be subject to investigation.

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Last updated on 21 Jul 2014