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There are currently no major incidents to highlight.  We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Macau to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times.

Singaporeans can visit Macao for up to 30 days without a visa. If you plan to stay more than 30 days, please obtain an extension with the Macao SAR Immigration Department. If you plan to work or study in Macao, you must obtain a visa prior to departing Singapore.  As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of China in Singapore.  You may also contact the Macao Immigration Department.

For Singaporeans visiting Macao for leisure, social or business, you must satisfy the following basic requirements before you can be considered for entry into Macao:

  1. A passport that is valid for at least one month beyond the date of your intended stay;
  2. Adequate funds to cover the duration of your stay in Macao without working; and
  3. Evidence of onward/return transportation.

Customs Regulations: Macau customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Macau of items such as firearms, ivory, certain categories of medications, and other goods.  Macau customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning controlled items you might be carrying while transiting or entering Macau.  Singaporeans bringing controlled items into Macau without the necessary Macau documents may be prosecuted and the goods may be seized.  The penalty for trafficking in dangerous drugs can be life imprisonment and a heavy fine. Please see the Macau Customs Service website for further information.

Macao’s crime rate is generally low but pickpocketing and other street crime can occur.   Singaporeans are advised to take extra care of personal belongings including travel document, money and valuables in crowded areas, and while travelling on public transportation. The Macao Tourism Crisis Management Office maintains a tourism hotline (+853 2833 3000) for visitors to Macao who encounters emergency situations. 

Drugs: Do not become involved with illicit drugs in any kind.  Any person who traffics, manufactures, has in possession, or use of any dangerous drugs shall be liable upon conviction to a fine and imprisonment.

Stay in Legal Accommodation: When visiting Macao, Singaporeans should lodge in licensed hotels or inns, and do not stay in illegal accommodation operated without a license.  At present, there is no legal ‘family hostel’ or ‘Bed and Breakfast’ in Macao.  You face a fine of MOP 3,000 if you are found staying in illegal premises.  In case of doubt about the legality of the premise where you are staying, please check with the Macao Government Tourism Office by calling +853 2833 3000.

Photography: You may be detained if you take pictures of certain buildings (please pay attention to “no photography” signs in casinos in particular).

The typhoon seasons in Macao normally runs from May to early November, where the peak extends from July to September.  Typhoons may cause flooding and landslides.  Local warnings are issued in advance.  Public offices and public transportations will shut down when Typhoon Signal No. 8 and above is hoisted.  We advise Singaporeans to monitor local weather updates from the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau’s website and heed the advice of the local authorities.  

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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