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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore. 

 

Please check your eligibility to travel to Canada at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html). Non-essential travel across the Canada-United States land border, which includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature, has also been restricted from 21 March. For details and updated information on travel-related restrictions, please refer to the websites of the office of the Prime Minister (https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases) and Transport Canada (https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/transport-canada.html).

In view of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Singaporeans are strongly advised to stay abreast of the latest developments by referring to Canada’s COVID-19 webpage (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html) and advisories from the local or provincial government you are visiting or residing in. Singaporeans should also maintain appropriate health insurance and coverage while in Canada.

Singaporeans in Canada should take the necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor developments and heed the advice of the local authorities. Should you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently travelled to an area with ongoing spread, please call ahead to a healthcare provider, explain your symptoms (including your recent travel/contact) and take guidance from the healthcare provider.

 

Singaporeans flying to or transiting in Canada need to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The eTA is not required for overland travel (private vehicle, train, bus, or boat). Most visitors are allowed a six-month stay from the day they enter Canada. 

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent, the High Commission of Canada in Singapore, or the Canada Government website at www.canada.ca for the latest information.

Driving: Snow and ice make road conditions especially treacherous in winter. Seek advice on safe driving in icy road conditions. Snow chains or tyres are advisable and may be required in certain provinces. If you are driving to a remote area, pack extra water, food, and blankets. Do not drive if weather conditions are poor. Drivers are strongly encouraged to purchase a comprehensive insurance plan. 

Arctic Travel: Travellers should be mindful that search and rescue in the Arctic is difficult. It can take days for help to reach a stranded ship. Travellers should check with the tour operator on their medical support plans and emergency arrangements.

Declare all food, plant, and animal products to customs authorities on arrival in Canada. Inadmissible goods may be confiscated or disposed of. Failure to declare any of these products is an offence. More information is available from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). 

Prior to your travel, consult your doctor for travel health advice regarding vaccinations required or recommended and purchase comprehensive travel insurance.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]

In view of the upcoming school holidays, 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 and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.

In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several 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 (https://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 unrests 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 [Updated: 12 May 2016]

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails typically originate from an email address 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 from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., 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 Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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