[Updated] Travel Notice
26 October 2021
France remains at risk of terrorist attacks. The national security alert system – Vigipirate - is currently at the second level of “Reinforced security – risk of attack”. It is a state of enhanced vigilance and security that allows the authorities to employ additional security measures in specific areas affected by the threat. Demonstrations can take place without notice in France. These can occasionally 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800 or 8855
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. 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.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting France should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the following links for the latest information.
French Embassy in Singapore
France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
French Ministry of Interior
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.
The national security alert system – Vigipirate - is currently at the second level of “Reinforced security – risk of attack”. It is a state of enhanced vigilance and security that allows the authorities to employ additional security measures in specific areas affected by the threat.
Crime: Petty crime such as theft, pick-pocketing and tourist scams are very common. Singaporeans are advised to be vigilant and keep their belongings close to them at all times, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. 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:
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 [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 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:
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.