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Travel Advisory: Unrest in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

08 August 2022
Outbreaks of violence and clashes continue to be reported in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, especially along the Israel-Gaza Strip border. There have been rocket attacks between Israel and the Gaza Strip. 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:


Honorary Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore – Israel (Tel Aviv)

Address: Habarvel 34 (5th floor), Tel Aviv 6971052, Israel

Tel: +972-3-647-6159,  +972-3- 547-5109

Fax: +972-3-617-9027

Email: sgleitman@gmail.com

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hr)

Address: Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855

Fax: +65 6476 7302

Email: mfa_duty_office @mfa.gov.sg

 

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers should refer to the ICA website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, foreign nationals are barred from entering Israel except for certain categories of travellers. You may wish to refer to the following web page(s) for information on entry restrictions affecting travellers from Singapore to Israel:

 

The information here only serves as a guide. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, you are advised to contact your travel agency or the Embassy of Israel in Singapore to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

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 Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]

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, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.

Demonstrations do occur in 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 (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

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media 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/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages 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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