Singaporeans want a common visa system across Southeast Asia: survey

Singaporeans want a common visa system across Southeast Asia: survey

SINGAPORE - Rather than go through the hassle of applying for a visa in advance, most Singaporeans want a common visa system across Southeast Asia.

A Skyscanner survey polled 7,000 respondents from Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India and China in September.

81 per cent of people in Asia were in favour of an EU-style single visa system across ASEAN countries, while in Singapore, 77 per cent gave their support.

A visa reciprocity system between countries also gained the support of 87 per cent of the 7,000 participants.

In fact, 60 per cent of Singaporeans said visa requirements influenced their choice of holiday destinations, Skyscanner reported.

In comparison, three-quarters of all the respondents said their choice of destination was 'often dictated by visa requirements'.

The global travel search site also said that 'an overwhelming' 90 per cent of Chinese respondents also chose this option.

Skyscanner's Singapore Marketing Manager Ira Noviani said: "Although Singaporeans can visit 167 countries without requiring a visa, our findings show that visa requirements are still clearly on the minds of many before they choose the location for their next vacation."

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines are said to be in talks over a smart visa system, website FutureGov reported.

Visa information for travelling Singaporeans can be found here.

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