Exit Permit and bond

Exit Permit and bond

Under the Enlistment Act (Chapter 93), all male Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents aged 13 years and above are required to comply with the Exit Permit requirements. We will send you a letter informing you of these requirements when you turn 13 years old.

Exit Permit requirements are necessary to ensure that National Service (NS)-liable males who reside overseas at a young age or have gone overseas to study will return to Singapore to fulfil their NS responsibilities.

Exit Permit and bond requirements

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13 to 16.5
years old1

Duration overseas:
Three months to less than two years

13 to 16.5
years old2

Duration overseas:
Two years or longer

Exit Permit

Apply for Exit Permit

Bonds

Provide bond:

  • The bond amount is S$75,000 or an amount equivalent to 50% of the combined annual gross income of both your parents for the preceding year, whichever is higher.
  • It is provided in the form of a Banker's Guarantee.
Documents

You will be required to submit documentary proof of:

  • Your overseas study status.
  • Your parents’ employment status and income tax assessment notices for the preceding year to us for the preparation of the bond.
Plane Ticket

The Exit Permit will only be issued after the bond process has been completed.

Above 16.5 years old
to enlistment3

Duration overseas:
Three months or longer

Exit Permit

Apply for Exit Permit

Bonds

Provide bond:

  • The bond amount is S$75,000 or an amount equivalent to 50% of the combined annual gross income of both your parents for the preceding year, whichever is higher.
  • It is provided in the form of a Banker's Guarantee.
Documents

Provide documentary proof of:

  • Your overseas study status
  • Your parents’ employment status and income tax assessment notices for the preceding year to us for the preparation of the bond.
Plane Ticket

The Exit Permit will only be issued after the bond process has been completed.

After an Exit Permit has been granted

Take note that:

  • If you are studying overseas, an Exit Permit can be granted for the full duration of your course. Where an Exit Permit has been granted for a course of study and there is a change in the details such as the course, place of study, institution that you are studying at, please refer to our FAQ on Exit Permit for more information.
  • If you are unable to return to Singapore before the expiry of your Exit Permit, you will be required to apply for an extension. We will consider your request on a case-by-case basis. Please note that failure to return to Singapore before the expiry of your Exit Permit may result in your bond being forfeited and you having committed an offence.

You can apply, renew, extend, cancel or check the status of your Exit Permit through the NS Portal.

Exit Permit offences

1 Any NS-liable male aged between 13 years old and 16.5 years old who is in breach of the Enlistment Act may be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000. Any such persons may not be sufficiently mature to understand their obligations under the Enlistment Act. Each parent, guardian or person having actual custody will also be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

1, 2 Any NS-liable male aged between 13 years old and 16.5 years old who is in breach of the Enlistment Act may be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000. Any such persons may not be sufficiently mature to understand their obligations under the Enlistment Act. Each parent, guardian or person having actual custody will also be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

2 Any NS-liable male above the age of 16.5 years who remains outside Singapore without a valid Exit Permit shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.

3 Any NS-liable male above the age of 16.5 years who remains outside Singapore without a valid Exit Permit shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.

  1. Exit Permit offences

    Any NS-liable male aged between 13 years old and 16.5 years old who is in breach of the Enlistment Act may be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000. Any such persons may not be sufficiently mature to understand their obligations under the Enlistment Act. Each parent, guardian or person having actual custody will also be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

  2. Exit Permit offences

    Any NS-liable male aged between 13 years old and 16.5 years old who is in breach of the Enlistment Act may be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000. Any such persons may not be sufficiently mature to understand their obligations under the Enlistment Act. Each parent, guardian or person having actual custody will also be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.

  3. Exit Permit offences

    Any NS-liable male above the age of 16.5 years who remains outside Singapore without a valid Exit Permit shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.