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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. 

Ireland’s COVID-19 Advice

Pre-Departure Testing

From 16 January 2021, all passengers arriving in Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) are required to have a negative/not detected result from a pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to the passenger’s arrival in Ireland. Passengers may be asked to present evidence of their negative/not detected result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and will be required to produce this evidence to Irish customs on arrival. Passengers who arrive at an Irish airport or sea port without evidence of a negative/not detected test result will be deemed to have committed an offence and may be subject to prosecution. Children aged 6 and under, as well as passengers who arrive in Ireland solely for the purpose of travelling to another state and do not leave the airport, are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement. Prior to arrival, visitors will also need to complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form available at www.gov.ie/locatorform.

Quarantine

All travellers arriving in Ireland must also undertake a 14-day quarantine period at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. Anyone who travels from another country to Ireland, and arrives via Northern Ireland, must also observe the mandatory quarantine regime. Travellers may leave quarantine to take a PCR test no less than 5 days after arrival. If the traveller receives a negative/ not detected test result, the period of quarantine can end. However, from 19 July 2021, Ireland will operate the EU’s Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) scheme, and travellers arriving from the EU/European Economic Area with a DCC will not be required to quarantine upon arrival. They will also not need to present a pre-departure PCR test, unless they have a DCC based on a non-PCR test (e.g. antigen).

In addition, all travellers arriving into Ireland from designated countries and territories must complete a full mandatory 14-day period of self-quarantine at a dedicated hotel facility. This applies even if the passenger transits through a designated country or territory on their journey to Ireland.

Failure to comply with mandatory quarantine is an offence and individuals who fail to comply can be fined up to €2,500 or receive a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.

Further information on the restrictions in place for travelling to Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic.

COVID-19 Restrictions

On 28 May 2021, the Irish government has announced a series of steps to ease COVID-19 restrictions progressively in the coming months. Travellers are advised to check the latest public health updates and restrictions at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/7894b-post-cabinet-statement-resilience-and-recovery-the-path-ahead/ to be updated on what you can or cannot do within the country.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers should be prepared for rapid changes to travel restrictions with little or no advance notice.

Please visit the following websites on the latest measures and COVID-19 situation in Ireland:

Ireland - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ireland - COVID-19 Travel Advice

Ireland - Health Protection Surveillance Centre

Ireland - Official Information on COVID-19

General Advice

There is a threat of terrorism throughout the world and in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities, and there is a potential for other violent incidents. We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Ireland to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times.

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Singaporeans can visit Ireland for up to 3 months (for tourism or business) without a visa. For other purposes of visiting, please refer to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website at http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Irish%20Visa%20Information to ensure you apply for the appropriate visa.

Ireland is not part of the Schengen area, and a passport is required to travel between Ireland and other European countries, including the United Kingdom. Passports must be valid for duration of your stay. 

You will need to provide any documents necessary to explain your visit, which at minimum includes your passport, visa (if necessary) and landing card (if appropriate); and may also include a travel itinerary, invitations or letters to help explain your visit. 

As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest Embassy of Ireland for up-to-date information.

Driving in Ireland: You can drive on a current and valid driving licence or an international driving permit from your own country for up to a year. If your stay in Ireland will be more than 12 months, you must apply for an Irish driving licence and go through the full driver licencing procedure to drive in Ireland. This allows foreign drivers to be up-to-date with the local traffic rules and become familiar with the traffic terrain. The procedure to obtain an Irish driving licence is on the National Driver Licence Service website at https://www.ndls.ie/holders-of-foreign-licences.html. Note that there are strict laws against drink driving. Holding and using a mobile phone whilst driving is not allowed.

Public Transportation: Information on Ireland’s bus and rail networks can be found on the Transport for Ireland website at https://www.transportforireland.ie/. Check for major disruptions on the Irish rail service on Irish Rail’s website http://www.irishrail.ie/.

Petty crime: Do take sensible precautions due to incidences of petty crime (pickpocketing, bag snatching, passport theft, etc.), particularly in areas frequented by tourists. Secure your vehicle properly and avoid secluded areas.


All visitors and residents are subjected to local laws and penalties.  Research on local laws prior to arrival, especially for extended stays.

Health: The standard of health care in Ireland is high. Payment is required before treatment. Ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.

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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