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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers should refer to the ICA website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. For the latest updates on Singapore's COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.  

Please refer to the official Facebook pages of the Government of Botswana at https://www.facebook.com/BotswanaGovernment and the Ministry of Health & Wellness of Botswana at https://www.facebook.com/OFFICIAL.MOHW.BW for the Botswana government’s latest COVID-19 related entry requirements.

We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Botswana to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times. While the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria is accredited to Botswana, Singapore has no physical diplomatic presence in Botswana.

Singaporeans may stay up to 90 days in Botswana without a visa. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Consulate of Botswana in Singapore for up-to-date information. There should be at least six months validity on your passport on the expected date of departure from Botswana.

Since 1 October 2016, Botswana has had strict entry regulations for minors (i.e., those under 18 years of age) to prevent child trafficking.  Any minor travelling with one parent or without his/her parents must provide certain documentation for entry into Botswana. Please contact the nearest High Commission of Botswana for more details.

Malaria can occur throughout Botswana and is prevalent in the north of the country, especially during the rainy season (November to March). If you have been to a region with yellow fever, you will be asked to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Botswana. You may wish to consult Tan Tock Seng Traveller’s Clinic for vaccinations and medical advice needed for travel to Botswana.

Travelling on roads and highways is generally safe. When driving, Singaporeans should stick to major roads, check routes in advance and not rely solely on GPS (which tends to select the shortest routes, including unpaved and unlit tracks), avoid stopping on highways, be prepared for breakdowns, and pay heed to natural hazards such as animals, fog and flash floods, especially at night.  When locking the car by remote control, physically double-check that doors are locked, as robbers are known to use anti-jamming devices to foil the remote locking.

If you plan to trek, visit safaris, beaches, or rivers to swim, please check weather and safety reports. 



Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.


For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

  • Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
  • eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

While travelling

  • Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
  • Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
  • Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrest or terror attacks.
  • Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
  • In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

Advisory: Email Scams

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport numbers, address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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