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Travel Advisory for HK

13 September 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 on 14 September afternoon that could affect public transportation services and road access to and from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). There are also reports of a possible protest march from East Point Road in Causeway Bay to Chater Garden in Central on 15 September afternoon but protesters are likely to spill into other areas. Road closures and disruptions to traffic and transportation are expected.

 

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 protests and large public gatherings, and 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 HKIA are advised 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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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.

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 Safe and Be Informed [29 May 2019] 

In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. 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 to heed advice of the local authorities. 

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.sgso 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 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 8800/8855.

 

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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