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Travel Advisory for affected cities in Chile

02 November 2019
There have been large-scale protests and demonstrations in Santiago and other major cities in Chile, which has resulted in injuries and loss of lives. The situation remains volatile. Singaporeans are advised to defer non-essential travel to cities affected by the protests.

Singaporeans currently in the affected areas are advised to exercise caution, stay vigilant, monitor developments through local media and heed the instructions of the local authorities. Avoid reported locations of protests and stay indoors in a safe location. Do stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe. The civil unrest has caused disruption to transportation, in particular the Santiago public metro system.  Travel delays are expected.

 

Singaporeans who are travelling to Chile are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those who require consular assistance can contact our Honorary Consulate-General in Santiago or the MFA Duty Office at:

 

Singapore Honorary Consulate-General in Santiago

Tel: +56-2-2787-6034 / +65-6379-8000 (after hours)

Email: singapore@alessandri.cl

 

MFA Duty Office (24 hours)

Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore has implemented SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.

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Singaporeans can visit Chile for up to 30 days without a visa. 

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the Embassy of Chile in Singapore for the latest information.

As of 23 November 2020, Chile has reopened its borders to the entry of non-Chile nationals at the Santiago International Airport. Entry restrictions, including information on mandatory quarantine specifications can be found on https://chile.gob.cl/chile/en/ingreso-a-chile-desde-el-exteriorAs entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to visit the Chilean Ministry of Health’s website (www.minsal.cl and www.minsal.cl/nuevo-coronavirus-2019-ncov/) for the most updated information and to contact your travel agency, or the nearest Embassy of the Republic of Chile to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. If robbed, it is safer to hand over your cash and valuables without resistance. 

Road Travel: There is close to zero tolerance for drink driving in Chile, with its strict 0.03% blood alcohol limit. It is also illegal to smoke while driving. Always keep your driver’s licence, passport and rental documents with you.

Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances. 

Offering bribes to the police is a very serious offence in Chile.

It is illegal to start an open fire outside of authorised campsites.

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

Large forest fires can occur, particularly in the summer months. In the event of a fire, comply with the instructions of local authorities. 

There is a risk of earthquakes in Chile. Monitor the local news and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]

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 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

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 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

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 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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