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|What should I do if my passport is lost or stolen?|
|Saturday, 10 July 2010 09:34|
What should I do if my passport is lost or stolen?
This is what you need to do as of today - and I shall keep you informed of any changes.
1 Make a police report and get a copy.
2 Go to the new Singapore Consulate-General's office at 35-02, Level 35, City Square Office Tower, 106-108 Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Tel: 07-2265012, taking with you the police report, a single photo [taken within 3 months] and your NRIC/older passport. Without the NRIC, then some sufficient proof of being Singaporean.
It takes them less than half and hour to issue you with a Certificate of Identity [RM$36] which you can use for a single entry into Spore via the Woodlands checkpoint within a month of receiving it. We are advised not to do Tuas with this certificate - the Malaysian chop that will allow this exit easily is RM$100+ from some other distant place.
Note: a Singapore passport can be applied for at the Consulate General’s office but it will take a month to process. The same passport at the Immigration and Customs Authority in Singapore takes 7 days.
In a serious emergency like you have to fly off that evening, which you have to prove with documentary evidence, it can be done within hours. If you are already resident in Johor then 24 hours is reasonable. I found them helpful and cooperative and very harassed.
3 Note that if your passport was really stolen and not merely lost, they MAY waive the fine of S$50 for a lost passport.
4 DO NOT TRY TO LEAVE VIA TUAS sans your Singapore passport. They will act like a death has taken place and hang you up for 45 minutes s–lo-w-l-y taking down your statement, making copies of your documents and not telling you that you need to do 1. & 2. above instead.
You only need to make that one police report, so the Tuas statement etc is a complete waste of time. But since you having gone there, they are very nice to you.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 05 February 2011 04:55|