The number of visitors to Singapore in November remained steady at 1.1 million, compared to October’s 1.13 million. However, the overall number of visitors for the first 11 months of the year increased by 130.2% compared to the previous year, reaching 12.37 million, almost 71.1% of the pre-pandemic level in 2019, when Singapore had 17.39 million visitors.
China and Indonesia continued to be the top source markets for visitors to Singapore, with Indonesia receiving 183,890 tourists and Mainland China ranking second with 104,280 visitors in November. From January to November, Singapore welcomed 2.06 million visitors from Indonesia, accounting for 74.4% of the same period in 2019, and 1.23 million visitors from Mainland China, representing 36.7% of 2019’s numbers. Other major contributors included India, Malaysia, and Australia.
Famous casino-resorts in Singapore like Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa continue to attract visitors. The government aims to implement a joint 30-day visa-waiver scheme with China for certain tourists in the early period of next year. This was announced as part of a series of agreements and understandings reached between the two countries during a bilateral meeting.
At present, Mainland Chinese passport holders are required to apply for a visa to visit Singapore, while Singapore residents are allowed to enter Mainland China for 15 days without a visa for “most purposes.”
Overall, the tourism industry in Singapore continues to recover, with steady numbers of visitors from key markets and plans to further facilitate travel between Singapore and China.