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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore has implemented the SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19  pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel 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.   

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In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singaporeans should refer to Macao SAR official COVID-19 website or the full series of infographics for the relevant boarding, quarantine and testing arrangements before departing from Singapore to Macao.

At present, travellers who are not Macao residents or residents of Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan region, are not allowed entry to Macao. Individuals may apply for exemption if they fulfil certain criteria (see here).

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 Public Security Police Force Border Control Department. 

Customs Regulations: Travellers who fail to declare to customs officers in accordance with Macao law, or make false or incomplete declarations; or import goods that are subject to pre-licencing system without relevant licenses (e.g., firearms, medications and endangered species of animals and plants); or import/export counterfeit or infringing goods, can be subject to prosecution, and the relevant items will be seized. Please see Macao Customs Service's website for further information.

 

COVID-19

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, you may wish to refer to the Tourism Crisis Management Office of Macao’s website at www.ggct.gov.mo/en/ for information on public health travel advisories affecting travellers from Singapore. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Tourism Crisis Management Office of Macao’s 24-hour hotline at +853 2833 3000 to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

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 uses any dangerous drugs shall be liable upon conviction to a fine and imprisonment (see here).

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 or consult Macao Government Tourism Office's website.

Photography: Taking photos or recordings without consent, or against the will of the relevant parties is against the law, and the person shall be liable upon conviction to imprisonment and a fine (see Article no. 191 of Penal Code).

It is prohibited to record images or sounds in casinos, and to use mobile phones or other communication devices within three metres around the gambling tables (see here). 

The typhoon seasons in Macao normally runs from May to early October, 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 [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 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

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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