France

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[Updated] Travel Notice

04 November 2020
France remains at risk of terrorist attacks. Following the deadly knife attack on 29 October 2020 in Nice, the national security alert system – Vigipirate - has been raised to the highest level of “Attack Emergency”. It is a state of maximum vigilance and protection which is imposed directly after an attack or when the threat of another attack is imminent. It allows the authorities to increase surveillance or controls, and employ exceptional security measures.

Protests can take place without notice in France. These can turn violent and disrupt traffic and public transportation. Singaporeans are advised to avoid such protests, heed the instructions of local authorities, and exercise vigilance.


As always, Singaporeans are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that we can contact you should the need arise. Singaporeans are also advised to stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe. Purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.  Those in need of consular assistance may contact the Singapore Embassy in Paris or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at:


Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in France
16 rue Murillo, 75008 Paris, France
Tel: +33 6 75 03 25 55
Email : singemb_par@mfa.sg


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800 or 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

 

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website and SafeTravel 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. 

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In line with the three-tiered system of border controls for travellers to France coming from outside the European area, all travellers from Singapore and other countries classified under the “Green” list are able to enter France, including for short-term visits.

With effect from 9 June 2021, all travellers from Singapore who are fully vaccinated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), such as Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson, may enter France two weeks or more after the second dose of their vaccines, without the need to produce a negative pre-departure PCR test or having to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France. According to the French Embassy in Singapore, if a traveller’s vaccination certificate is digitally authenticated on https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ using your Singpass, it will be recognised by French border control authorities as proof of vaccination. Alternatively, the physical vaccination certificate obtained in Singapore with information such as the type of vaccine, date of vaccination and number of doses will also be recognised. Travellers from Singapore who are not vaccinated will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken 72 hours before departure in order to enter France.

 

Travellers from Singapore will also need to fill in a declaration that they have no COVID-19 symptoms and are not a close contact of an infected person here

 

Travellers should be prepared for rapid changes to travel restrictions with little or no advance notice. Please visit the following websites to keep yourselves updated on the latest measures and COVID-19 situation in France:

 

French Embassy in Singapore

 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

French Ministry of Interior

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France is part of the Schengen Area and Singaporeans are allowed visa-free entry for short stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period, provided that no employment is sought.  Passports should be valid for at least three months from your planned date of departure from the Schengen Area. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the French Embassy in Singapore for up-to-date information.

Please note that Singaporeans can only apply for French visas from the relevant French embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. It is not possible to arrive in France on a short-term visa and seek to convert this into an employment or student visa thereafter.

As a general rule, all foreign nationals entering France must be able to produce documentary evidence of the reasons for their stay, their means of support, and accommodation arrangements.

Singaporeans travelling or living in France should exercise a high degree of caution and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, including purchasing travel insurance. Those visiting crowded and popular tourist areas (such as museums, monuments, shopping areas and public transportation) should be particularly attentive. They should also monitor the news and other sources for updates on local conditions.

Terrorism: France’s national security alert system – Vigipirate, has a three-tiered threat level as outlined below. 

3. Attack Emergency - Vigilance and maximum protection in the event of an imminent threat of a terrorist act or directly after an attack.
2. Heightened Security / Risk of Attack – Confronted with a high level of terrorist threat.
1. Vigilance 

Since 29 October 2020, the threat level is at the highest level, “Attack Emergency”, following a deadly knife attack in a cathedral in Nice on the same day. The Attack Emergency level is usually activated for a limited period during a crisis, directly following a terrorist act or when it is deemed that the threat of another attack could be imminent. The main objective is to ensure the maximum level of vigilance and security. It empowers the authorities to increase surveillance or controls, and impose exceptional measures such as increased police deployment and more systematic searches at train stations and airports.

Crime: Petty crime such as theft, pick-pocketing and tourist scams are increasingly common.  Singaporeans are advised to be vigilant and keep their belongings close to them at all times, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. The Paris Prefecture de Police publishes a useful guide on how visitors can avoid commonly-encountered petty crimes.

Demonstrations: Public demonstrations and strikes for political, social, or economic reasons occur regularly in France. They may sometimes affect traffic and public transportation. Singaporeans are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstration areas.   

Floods: Floods occur occasionally, and can be monitored from the flood forecast service Vigicrues. In the event of a flood, heed the advice of local emergency services and avoid these areas.

The French Alps: The French Alps, which are located in the Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, are a popular destination for hiking, mountaineering and winter sports. Research thoroughly on weather conditions, routes, and access to emergency services if planning to engage in these activities. Do not move off marked trails. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes cover for medical evacuation.

Forest Fires: Forest fires can occur during the summer months, particularly on the Mediterranean coast and in Corsica. In the event of a major fire, heed the advice of local emergency services and stay away from affected areas. Monitor local news for updates.

 

All visitors and residents are subject to French laws and penalties. Research on local laws prior to arrival, especially for extended stays. Do note the following laws that can affect your visit or stay:

  1. All persons are required to carry a form of identification on them at all times. This could be a residence permit for long-stayers or passport for visitors.

  2. Concealing the face in public places is illegal in France. For example, avoid using balaclavas, full veils, or masks to cover the face. Failure to comply could lead to fines.

  3. It is illegal to fly a drone, even for recreational purposes, in many parts of France. A map of no-fly zones can be found on https://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/donnees/restrictions-pour-drones-de-loisir

Driving in France: Tourists who intend to drive in France should obtain an International Driving Permit prior to their arrival. For long-stayers, the Singapore driving licence may be converted to a French permis de conduire within one year of the driver’s arrival in France. Documentary requirements for the conversion may be obtained from the nearest Prefecture de Police. Do not leave your passport or valuables unattended in vehicles.

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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