Singapore has clarified that Hong Kong passport holders do not need a visa to enter the city state.

The Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong made this statement amid messages circulating on WhatsApp claiming a new policy had been implemented.

According to South China Morning Post, the consulate said there had been no change to the visa-free access policy for travellers with passports issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Only those with the HKSAR Document of Identity (DOI) – a travel document issued to Hong Kong residents unable to obtain a national passport – will need to apply for a visa, the consulate said.

In addition to HKSAR DOI holders, those with a Macau Special Administrative Region travel permit – issued to non-permanent residents of the city – also have to apply for a visa to enter Singapore.

“We would like to clarify that HKSAR passport holders do not require visas to enter Singapore. The visa requirement is only necessary for HKSAR Document of Identity holders as HKSAR passports and HKSAR DOIs are different sets of travel documents,” the consulate said.

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