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Travel Advisory for Lebanon

22 October 2019

There are large-scale demonstrations taking place in Lebanon, and affected regions include the capital Beirut, and cities of Tripoli, Tyre, Sidon and Baalbak. The demonstrations are expected to continue. Singaporeans are advised to defer non-essential travel to Lebanon, given current developments.    

 

If you are already in Lebanon, 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. Avoid protests and large public gatherings, and stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe. The demonstrations may result in transport disruptions and flight delays. Please check with the relevant airline on the status of your flight and cater for additional traveling time.

 

Singaporeans in Lebanon 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 MFA Duty Office (24hrs) or the Singapore Consulate in Beirut at:

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email: 
mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

 

 

Singapore Consulate in Beirut

Center Sofil, Charles Malek Avenue

Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon

P.O.Box 166730

Telephone: +961-1-334-335, 200-786, 200-787

Email: singaporeconsulate@cyberia.net.lb

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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. 

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In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, a 24-hour nationwide curfew is in force until 22 February 2021.  Individuals who wish to leave their residences must apply for authorisation.  Vehicular travel is banned except for travel to and from Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport.  All incoming travellers must undergo a PCR test on arrival, and will be quarantined in a hotel for 72 hours. Upon receipt of negative results, the remainder of a week-long quarantine must be completed in private homes. You may also wish to refer to the following web page for information on the new measures:

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 Consulate of Lebanon in Singapore to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

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Singaporeans may obtain a visa-on-arrival.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the Consulate of Lebanon in Singapore for the latest information.

You may be refused entry, held for questioning, or deported if your passport contains an Israeli entry or exit stamp, Egyptian or Jordanian land crossing stamps that show you have travelled to Israel, or tickets and itineraries that include Israel.

All travellers’ names are checked against a database upon arrival and during departure. Border alerts or “Stop Orders” can be issued for those who are wanted for, or convicted of, offences in Lebanon. If your name matches an entry on the Stop Order list, you will be detained unless you can prove that the record does not relate to you. As there have been cases of mistaken identity, you may wish to bring along other forms of identification, such as birth certificate, for verification purposes.

Terrorist attacks have occurred in the past. There is also a threat of kidnapping in Lebanon. Be alert and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Civil unrest can occur with little warning and escalate quickly. Monitor the local news and avoid areas of demonstrations.

Drug offences carry heavy penalties, including long prison sentences. Pack your own luggage and be cautious of accepting ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances.

Photography should be limited to tourist areas. It is an offence to photograph military, government, and civil installations.

Religious law has the same standing as civil law. Under Lebanese family law, individuals can prevent their family members, including foreigners, from leaving the country with a “Stop Order”. Consult a lawyer before departure if necessary.

 

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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