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Travel Advisory: protests in various parts of India

20 December 2019
There have been reports of continued protests in various parts of India including New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka (Mangaluru), Kerala, Gujarat (Ahmedabad) and parts of the Northeast, which have resulted in violence and loss of lives in some cases.

These protests are expected to continue in the coming days. Singaporeans intending to travel to India should exercise heightened caution, vigilance and avoid non-essential travel where violence and large-scale destruction of property have been reported. Transport, traffic and communications (mobile services and internet) may be affected. Curfews have been imposed in some areas. The Government has also introduced the law that prevents gatherings of four or more people - known as Section 144 – in some areas. Affected Singaporeans are advised to check with their travel agents on the latest situation and allow more time for travel. Due to the evolving situation, they should keep themselves updated on the latest developments through the local news and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, including avoiding areas with protests and large gatherings, and following the instructions of the local authorities.

Do stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans in India are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.

Those who require consular assistance can contact the following:

SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSION IN NEW DELHI, INDIA
E-6 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: +91 11 4600 0800 / +91 98102 03595
Email: singhc_del@mfa.sg
Areas of coverage: Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal

SINGAPORE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN CHENNAI, INDIA
17A North Boag Road, T Nagar, Chennai 600017
Tel: +91 44 2815 8207 / +91 98400 33136
Email: singcon_maa@mfa.sg
Areas of coverage: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana

SINGAPORE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN MUMBAI, INDIA
152, 14th Floor, Maker Chambers IV
222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road
Tel: +91 22 2204 3205 / +91 82910 32836
Email: singcon_bom@mfa.sg
Areas of coverage: Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hour)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855

 

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Travel Advisory for Jammu & Kashmir, India

03 August 2019
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has advised tourists and pilgrims to leave Kashmir immediately because of security threats. Singaporeans currently in Jammu & Kashmir are advised to leave soonest possible. While awaiting departure they are to remain vigilant, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Singaporeans should defer all non-essential travel to Jammu & Kashmir in India, given the uncertain security situation there. 

 

Singaporeans travelling to other parts in India should continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety. They are advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities. Do stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans in India are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.

 

Those who require consular assistance can contact the following:

 

SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSION IN NEW DELHI, INDIA

E-6 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

Tel: +91 11 4600 0800 / +91 98102 03595

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800/ 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

 

 


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Singaporeans are required to obtain a visa before travelling to India. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of India in Singapore for up-to-date information.

e-Visa Facility for Entry into India – The Indian e-Visa is valid for entry through 24 designated airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum & Varanasi) and 3 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore). However, Indian e-Visa holders can exit from any of the authorised Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.  This Indian e-Visa is an addition to the existing Visa services.  Singaporeans need to apply for the electronic Visa (e-Visa) prior to arrival, i.e. submit your Indian visa forms online and secure the necessary approval before departing for India. Upon arrival in India, travellers on the e-Visa would need to proceed to a “Visa on Arrival” counter at the airport to get their visa stamped on their passport. Please refer to the Indian Visa Online website for more information, and beware of fake websites that claim to offer visa services.

There are several types of visas issued for travel to India, such as Tourist, Business, and Medical visas.  The validity of all visas commences from the date of issue of the visa and not the date of arrival in India.  You should ensure that you obtain the right visa for your travel purposes. 

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders:  OCI cardholders do not require a visa to enter India, and only need to present a valid passport and OCI card.

If your passport is lost or stolen in India, you will need to do the following:

  1. Lodge a police report with the Indian authorities.
  2. Contact the Singapore High Commission in New Delhi or Consulates in Mumbai or Chennai.
  3. Apply for a new passport or Document of Identity (DOI) at the High Commission or Consulate with the following documents:
    • One (for DOI applications) or two (for passport applications) passport-sized photographs. Instant photographs are acceptable.
    • A copy of your police report.
    • Documentary proof of your Singapore Citizenship (such as your Singapore. Identification Card or Driving licence) to verify your identity.
    • Relevant fees for the application.
    • Travellers can refer to ICA’s website for more information on loss of passports overseas. 

  4. For DOI holders, you will need an exit visa from the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).  You will need to provide proof of address in Delhi and one passport-sized colour photograph.  Please note that exit visas are not issued on weekends or Indian Public Holidays. The contact details for the FRRO in New Delhi are:

Foreigners Regional Registration Office

Block 8, Sector 1

R.K. Puram

Telephone: 91-11-2671-1348, 2671-1384

Fax : 91-11-2671-1348

Crime and motor accidents:  The rate of crime and motor accidents in India are high.  Travellers should pay close attention to their personal security at all times and monitor the local news on information regarding security risks.  Precautions that travellers can take include:

  1. Avoid isolated or unlit areas, including city streets, village lanes and beaches.
  2. Do not accept food or drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
  3. Do not leave your belongings unattended at all times, and pay close attention particularly in crowded areas.
  4. Travel in well-maintained vehicles with seatbelts.
  5. Avoid travelling alone on public transport, autos, taxis and rickshaws, particularly at night.

Travel for women in India:  Women should exercise caution when travelling in India.  Women tend to receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men.  Reported cases of sexual assault are increasing, and there have been sexual assaults on female visitors in tourist areas. Women travellers should respect local dress codes and customs.  Avoid travelling alone, even in major cities and at tourist sites.  Choose safe modes of transport, and arrange airport transfers before arrival.   

Terrorism and civil unrest: In November 2008, terrorists attacked a number of sites in Mumbai, including luxury hotels, a railway station and a restaurant.  Over 160 people were killed and scores wounded. A Singapore citizen was also killed.  Terrorist attacks in India can happen with little or no warning.  Terrorists have targeted popular tourist areas.  In addition, violent protests and demonstrations occur sporadically and often spontaneously.  Travellers should exercise vigilance and minimise risks:

  1. Monitor the news for new or emerging threats.
  2. Heed official warnings seriously and avoid areas identified as possible areas of attack.
  3. Stay clear of all demonstrations, political event rallies, processions and large-scale public gatherings.
  4. Be particularly vigilant in the period around days of national significance, such as Republic day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August).

Alcohol: The laws governing alcohol consumption vary from state to state, and it is prohibited in some.  Travellers should seek advice from your local travel agent, hotel or the local authorities before visiting such places.   

Currency: The withdrawal of the old 500 and 1000-Indian banknotes was announced by the Indian government in November 2016.  It is no longer possible for non-Indian nationals to exchange these old notes.  Travellers can refer to the Reserve Bank of India for more information and advice. 

Travel restrictions around designated tribal areas:  The movement of tourists around designated Restricted or Protected Areas requires permission from the Indian authorities.  The list of areas can be obtained from the Bureau of Immigration.  Travellers should seek advice from a High Commission of India, Embassy or Consulate of India when planning to visit these areas.      

Natural disasters: India is susceptible to natural disasters like monsoons, cyclones and earthquakes.  There can be widespread disruptions to services when they occur.  Travellers can monitor the media and the India Meteorological Department website for updates.    

Natural disaster

Period of occurrence

Places Affected

Monsoon rains leading to floods and landslides

June to October

Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka

Cyclones

April to December

Bay of Bengal

Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Naidu, Puducherry, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Earthquakes and tsunamis

-

North-eastern states

Mosquito-borne diseases:  Malaria is a risk in parts of India, including in major cities.  Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever are quite prevalent.  Travellers should take precaution against mosquito-borne illnesses:

  1. Make sure that your accommodation is mosquito-proof, such as through the presence of mosquito nets or screen doors.
  2. Take measures to avoid insect bites.  Use insect repellent and wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.  Avoid outdoors at dawn and dusk.
  3. Discuss your travel plans and vaccination needs with your doctor prior to travel.

Travellers may refer to this guide for more information on protection against mosquitos.

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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