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Travel Advisory: Unrest in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

12 September 2019
Outbreaks of violence and clashes continue to be reported in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, especially along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. Rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and retaliatory strikes by Israel were reported on 11 September 2019. The security situation along Israel’s northern border also remains volatile.

Singaporeans are advised to avoid all travel to the Gaza Strip, and non-essential travel to the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, and Israel’s borders with the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria.  Singaporeans should also exercise a high degree of caution in Jerusalem, especially in the Old City and East Jerusalem.

For Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, they are advised to remain vigilant, monitor the local news and developments closely, heed the instructions of local authorities and avoid areas known for public disturbances or where large crowds congregate. They should take all necessary precautions for personal safety including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

In addition, Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 
https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg 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.  Those who need consular assistance while in Israel or the Palestinian Territories may contact our Consulate-General in Tel Aviv or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours) at:

Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Tel Aviv
Habarzel 34 (5th floor)
Tel Aviv 6971052, Israel
Telephone: +972-(3) 6476159 / 5475109
Mobile: +972-544499081
Email: 
shuki@s-gl.co.ilshuki@gibf-bio.com

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 Israel for tourism for up to 90 days without a visa. Visitors must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of departure.

Blue entry cards are issued to visitors on arrival and should be retained until departure. Passports are generally not stamped at entry and exit.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the Embassy of Israel in Singapore (singapore.mfa.gov.il) for the latest information.

While tourist areas in Israel are generally safe, there have been instances of petty crime such as theft. Be aware of your surroundings and watch your belongings at all times.

Monitor the news and avoid large political demonstrations and public gatherings where possible due to the higher risk of violent incidents.

The security situation in areas bordering Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip is volatile. Rocket fire, shootings, and bombings have been reported. Travellers should note that border crossings, particularly those with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, may be closed without warning for an extended period of time.

Drug offences come with heavy penalties including long prison sentences and heavy fines. Pack your own luggage and be cautious about accepting ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances.

Identification must be presented on request. Carry a copy of your passport and entry card with you at all times.

Dress and behave modestly. Respect local sensitivities, especially when visiting religious sites.

Modern healthcare facilities are generally available but can be expensive. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

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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