As an accused person, you are required to stay in Singapore while on bail. If you need to leave the country, you will have to apply for the court's permission. This is also known as a permission to leave jurisdiction.
You should apply for the court’s permission as soon as you finalise your travel plans. The court will need time to process your application. This may include ascertaining whether the prosecution has submissions to make in relation to your application and/or scheduling a hearing to decide whether to approve or reject the request. If a hearing is needed, a suitable hearing date will need to be determined, taking into consideration the parties’, the bailors’ and the court’s availability. Both you and your bailor(s) must attend the hearing.
You and your bailor will need to follow these steps:
Who does it
Notification of court hearing date, if the judge wishes to hear your application
Bailor and the accused
Approval or rejection of request to leave Singapore
Bailor and the accused
Return the accused's passport to custody
You must submit a written application through one of the following ways:
Where to submit
Fill out a hardcopy application form
State Courts Service Hub
File an online application
Write to us
Send a letter via post
The Registrar, State Courts
The written application must clearly state:
A judge will consider the application, and you will be notified of the outcome. If the judge wishes to hear the application, you will also be informed of the date and time to attend court.
Your bailor must be present together with you at the date and time of the court hearing. At the court hearing, you may be asked to state:
Your bailor must agree with your statements before the court considers the application. In the event your bailor does not agree with any statement made, they can provide reasons for their objection.
If permission is given, your passport will be returned to you. However, the court may increase the bail amount and include additional bail conditions to prevent you from jumping bail while overseas.
You can only leave Singapore after the magistrate finds your bailor suitable for your application to leave jurisdiction, and the Bail Centre processes the additional bail amount.
Depending on your bail conditions, you may have to return your passport at the State Courts Bail Centre or police station within 24 hours of your return to Singapore.
If you fail to do so, you may be arrested and the security provided by your bailor may be forfeited.
Write in to the Supreme Court at email@example.com with your request. Include your case reference number, the names of the parties involved, the purpose of your trip, the departure and return dates, and whether your bailor or the Attorney-General's Chambers has any objections. The court will inform you of what happens next.