I read (sic):

Singapore immigration law suggests one should have atleast 10 hrs of transit time to get into the Country. [Author: Nakulan Ramamirthan]

I can't find the legal source of that claim. What's the minimum transit time to be legally allowed to enter Singapore?

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    I think that the source isn't saying that this is a legal requirement, it is saying that due to rigorous immigration laws for Singapore, it often takes 10 hours to clear customers (which is also a function of how busy the ports of entry are and how well staffed those ports of entry are at customs stations). I do not believe that the intent is to establish any specific minimum or maximum time.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 4, 2023 at 19:49
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    @ohwilleke this article describes someone describing departure immigration controls during a systems outage as "super long queues," whereafter her mother had to wait in line for 15 minutes. I seriously doubt that it takes anything close to 10 hours for a passenger to clear both inbound and outbound customs and immigration controls: channelnewsasia.com/singapore/…
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 4, 2023 at 20:28
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    @MichaelHall The question isn't asking about the maximum time, it is asking about the minimum time, presumably under the impression that the Singapore immigration law has a sort of quasi-quarantine. But this seems to be based upon a misreading of the source.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 0:01
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    @MichaelHall it's possible, but in this case I think the more likely explanation is that the person who posted this information on the other site doesn't actually know very much about Singaporean immigration law and has come to this conclusion (at best) because of an incorrect interpretation of a situation where someone was denied entry while trying to transit.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 0:03
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    @MichaelHall Your concern would be a fair one to ask, I just don't believe that this is the actual question.
    – ohwilleke
    Commented Dec 5, 2023 at 0:10


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