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Americans Would Rather Travel Than Pay High Costs

Affordable, quality care apparently trumps the commitment to travel. Approximately 50 million uninsured Americans are choosing medical tourism rather than pay for medical care in the US.

Singapore Visa Requirements for Medical Tourists

For most Westerners traveling to Singapore a visa is not required.  British and Irish visitors receive a 30-day stamp upon arrival, but must show proof of an onward ticket.  

Foreigners seeking medical treatment in Singapore may apply for an extension via the online “e-EXTEND” program.  This allows a one-time only extension for up to 89 days from the date of entry, and applies only to those who haven’t previously obtained an extension of stay on their current trip.  In order to obtain the extension, your Visit Pass must have a remaining validity of not less than 2 days, excluding Sundays and public holiday, and you may not return to Singapore within 5 days of the departure date of your current trip.

As for ASEAN visitors, Singapore provides free entry to the citizens of those countries, and, certain restrictions apply to visitors from a handful of Middle Eastern countries who may require a local sponsor, which would likely be provided by their doctor there. 

***It is advisable to contact an embassy, consulate, or similar expert in visa requirements prior to traveling for your care. Please click here for more information about medical visas to Singapore.

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