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Procedure for Vessel Seeking Immigration Clearance at the Gazetted Anchorages or Wharves

Immigration Signal
The master of every vessel which arrives in or is about to leave Singapore Port Waters shall hoist the prescribed immigration signal and exhibit that signal until authorised by an immigration officer to haul it down.

During the day, the vessel will hoist the flags 2 & 5 to indicate a request for immigration clearance. Flags 3 & 4 will also be hoisted to indicate that the vessel is carrying passenger(s) on board and is/are  seeking for immigration clearance.

During the night, the vessel will display 2 green lights positioned, two metres apart vertically. The light should be visible from all angles (360o view) from a 2 nautical miles distance.
The immigration office may also be contacted via VHF CH74.

Immigration Anchorages
Crew members from vessels which are granted a Clearance on Board (COB) status are required to seek for physical immigration clearance at any of the gazetted immigration anchorages/terminals/wharves - before they can proceed to the working anchorage to commence on their shipping activities.

Immigration Anchorages

  • Changi General Purposes Anchorage (CGPA);
  • Western Quarantine and Immigration Anchorage (WQIA);
  • Western Petroleum B (WPB); and
  • LPG/LNG/Chemical Gas Carriers Anchorage (ALGAS).

Gazetted Wharves or Terminals (These are also immigration anchorages under the Immigration Act)

  • Jurong Port Wharves and Terminals located at 37 Jurong Port Road;
  • Tanjong Pagar Terminal;
  • Brani Terminal;
  • Keppel Terminal;
  • Pasir Panjang Terminal;
  • Sembawang Wharves; and
  • Wharf at Jurong Fishery Port.

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Last updated on 03 May 2016