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Travel Notice for Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

26 May 2020
Travel Restrictions Imposed in Hong Kong amid COVID-19 Outbreak

I. Restrictions on Entering Hong Kong

  • The Hong Kong SAR Government restricts any Hubei residents and non-Hong Kong residents who have visited the Hubei Province in the past 14 days upon arrival from entering Hong Kong since January 27, 2020
  • With effect from 0.00am on March 25, 2020 until further notice, all non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane are denied entry to Hong Kong; and non-Hong Kong residents coming from the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan will be denied entry to Hong Kong if they have been to any overseas countries and regions in the past 14 days.

II. Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong

  • Inbound travellers from the Mainland, Macao or Taiwan, including Hong Kong and non-Hong Kong residents, are subject to compulsory quarantine at designated places (home or other accommodation) apart from the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation".
  • Hong Kong residents arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any overseas countries or areas in the past 14 days are subject to compulsory quarantine at designated places (home or other accommodation) apart from the exempted persons under the "Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation".
  • All inbound travellers who are subject to the compulsory quarantine specified above should not have any symptoms and should have passed temperature checks upon entry. Those with symptoms will be referred to the Department of Health (DH) for further handling.
  • Starting from April 22, 2020, all asymptomatic inbound travellers arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport are mandated to wait for test results at a designated location after collecting their deep throat saliva samples for conducting testing for COVID-19 at DH's Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at AsiaWorld-Expo. Passengers arriving by flights in early mornings and later mornings will stay at the TSCC to wait for test results after collecting their deep throat saliva samples there. They will receive the test results on the same day. As the test results for passengers arriving in afternoons or at nights will not be available on the same day, they will be taken to the DH Holding Centre for Test Result in the Regal Oriental Hotel by coaches arranged by the DH to wait for their test results.

More information and updates on latest developments about COVID-19 in Hong Kong can be found on www.coronavirus.gov.hk.

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Travel Advisory for HK

30 December 2019
Large-scale protests have been taking place across Hong Kong since June 2019 which have become increasingly unpredictable. These protests can take place with little or no notice and could turn violent.

There are reports of protests taking place on the evening of 31 December 2019 at the following locations:

a) Harbour City at Tsim Sha Tsui
b) Elements at West Kowloon
c) Times Square at Causeway Bay 
d) Prince Edward Station at Mong Kok
e)   Lan Kwai Fong in Central

A protest march from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay to Chater Road in Central is also likely to take place on 1 January 2020.

Protesters are likely to spill over into neighbouring areas. Road closures as well as disruptions to train and bus services could be expected in affected areas.

Singaporeans are advised to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong, given current developments. If you are already in Hong Kong, you should take all necessary precautions to ensure your personal safety. You are advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities. You should avoid taking photos of and attending protests and large public gatherings, as well as stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe.

You may wish to follow the Hong Kong Police Force on their social media accounts (
https://www.facebook.com/hongkongpoliceforce and https://twitter.com/hkpoliceforce) for latest updates.

The latest information on special traffic arrangements is available at (
https://www.td.gov.hk/en/special_news/spnews.htm). Singaporeans travelling to the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) may also need to cater for additional travelling time and check with their airlines or the HKIA website (https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/) for flight status and important announcements before proceeding to the airport.

Singaporeans in Hong Kong are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 
https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ to enable us to contact you should the need arise.

Those who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong, or the MFA Duty Office (24hrs) at:

Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2527-2212 or +852-9466-1251 (after office hours)
Fax: +852-2861-3595
Email: 
singcg_hkg@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 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 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. 


Singaporeans can visit Hong Kong for up to 90 days without a visa. If you plan to stay more than 90 days, please obtain an extension with the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department. If you plan to work or study in Hong Kong, you must obtain your visa prior to departing Singapore.  As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of China in Singapore.  You may also refer to Hong Kong Immigration’s website.

For Singaporeans visiting Hong Kong for leisure, social or business, you must satisfy the following basic requirements before you can be considered for entry into Hong Kong:

  1. Valid passport with adequate returnability to your country of residence or citizenship;
  2. Adequate funds to cover the duration of your stay in Hong Kong without working; and
  3. Where the application is for a transit visa/permit, you hold an onward ticket to the place of your destination unless the destination is the Mainland of China or the Macao SAR. 

Bringing Restricted Items into Hong Kong: According to Hong Kong law, it is illegal to carry restricted items including stun guns, firearms and ammunition, prohibited weapons (e.g. Chinese-style throwing dart) within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage.  Offenders are liable to a severe fine or imprisonment.  For a full list of restricted items, please visit the website of Hong Kong Police Force.

 

COVID-19

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, you may wish to refer to the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s official websites at www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/today.htmwww.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html and www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/press_release.html for information on public health travel advisories affecting travellers from Singapore. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Hong Kong’s crime rate is generally low but pickpocketing and other street crimes can occur.   Singaporeans are advised to take extra care of their personal belongings including travel document, money and valuables in crowded areas. 

Other crimes such as fraud, scam and deception are rather common in Hong Kong.  An example is that swindlers will pose as officials of Immigration Department of Hong Kong or the Mainland via pre-recorded voice messages, telling victims that there were parcels in the Immigration Department for collection.  These calls would be forwarded to a real voice saying that the victim’s identity was improperly used in the Mainland in cases involving mailing prohibited items or producing false passports in breach of the Mainland law.  They would then ask the victim to provide sensitive information such as personal bank account numbers and passwords in order to steal money from the victim's bank account.

We advise Singaporeans to be vigilant, and not to disclose any of your personal particulars and bank details.  In case of doubt, report to the Hong Kong Police immediately.  For more information on these crimes, please refer to Hong Kong Police Force’s website.

Drugs: Do not be involved with illicit drugs of any kind.  Any person who traffics, manufactures, has in possession, or use of any dangerous drugs shall be liable upon conviction to a fine and imprisonment.

Traffic: Traffic rules are seriously enforced in Hong Kong where penalties can be stringent.  Jay-walking is an offence in Hong Kong and Singaporeans are advised not to flout any traffic rules.

Proof of Identity: Singaporeans are advised to have your identification document with you at all times. Under Hong Kong law, local residents are required to carry their identity cards with them at all times as a proof of identity, and a police officer has the power to inspect the proof of identity of any person.  Any person who fails to produce proof of his identity for inspection will commit an offence. The police officer has the right to issue a verbal warning, bring the person back to the police station for further enquiry, take summons action or even arrest the person concerned depending on the circumstances and attitude of the person being checked. 

Littering: Hong Kong has strict laws about maintaining environmental hygiene.  Anyone who commits offences such as littering and spitting is liable to a fixed penalty of HKD 1,500. 

Prohibited/Controlled Items: The commonly found prohibited/controlled items are dangerous drugs, psychotropic substances, animals, plants, meat, poultry, eggs, powdered formula etc.  Passengers are liable to prosecution if these items are brought into/out of Hong Kong without a valid license, permit, health certificate or written permission.  These items will also be seized and confiscated.  For more information, please refer to Hong Kong Custom and Excise Department’s website for more information.

Prohibited Weapons: Singaporeans who intend to travel to or transit via Hong Kong are advised not to bring prohibited weapons into Hong Kong. Prohibited weapons which are illegal in Hong Kong include extendable batons, knuckledusters, and other weapons as stated under Schedule of Cap 217 “Weapons Ordinance”.  Travellers found in possession of these prohibited items will be prosecuted under Section 10 ‘Aviation Security Ordinance’, Chapter 494, which carries a maximum sentence of 5-year imprisonment and a fine of HKD 100,000 upon conviction.

The typhoon seasons in Hong Kong normally runs from May to early November, with the peak typhoon season extending from July to September.  Typhoons may cause flooding and landslides.  Local warnings are issued in advance.  Public offices and public transportations will shut down when Typhoon Signal No. 8 and above is hoisted. 

We advise Singaporeans to monitor local weather updates from the Hong Kong Observatory’s website and heed the advice of the local authorities.

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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