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Travel Advisory for Pakistan

21 February 2020
We continue to advise Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to high risk areas such as border areas between India and Pakistan, Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province given the volatile security situation in these regions.

We also continue to advise Singaporeans to take additional security precautions when travelling to other parts of the country (such as Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi). If you are already in Pakistan, 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. Do stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans in or travelling to Pakistan are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.

Those who require consular assistance can contact the following:

Singapore Honorary Consulate-General in Karachi, Pakistan
Address: Lakson Square Building No. 2, Sarwar Shaheed Road, Karachi
Tel: +92 21 3568 6419 / +92 21 3568 5308
Email: singaporecg@cyber.net.pk


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800/ 8855

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers may wish to refer to the SafeTravel website and the Changi Airport COVID-19 Information Hub for updates on the latest border control measures, and to the MOH COVID-19 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.

Travel Restrictions in Pakistan

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Pakistan Government has reduced the total quantum of inbound international flights into the country. You may refer to the official website of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority at https://www.caapakistan.com.pk for updated information on the flights currently in operation.

All travellers to Pakistan are required to (a) present a negative result from a valid RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure on arrival; and (b) undergo an additional ART test on arrival. Following a negative result from the ART test, travellers will be cleared to enter the country. All travellers are also required to register on the Passtrack App before arriving in the country.

On 2 May 2021, the NCOC announced that Pakistan will also cease inbound pedestrian movement via its land borders with Afghanistan and Iran. However, returning Pakistani nationals and extreme medical emergency cases will be permitted to enter subject to approval from the NCOC. All outbound pedestrian movement remains permissible. The revised land border measures will take effect from midnight 5 May 2021 till further notice.

You may also wish to refer to the website of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan at http://nhsrc.gov.pk for updates. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of Pakistan in Singapore, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

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Singaporeans are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Pakistan. Travellers can apply for a visa online at visa.nadra.gov.pk. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of Pakistan in Singapore (www.mofa.gov.pk/singapore) for the latest information. 

The threat of terrorist attacks is high, and may take place in areas frequented by foreigners. Avoid crowded places including government and military institutions, markets, places of worship, and shopping malls.

The following provinces within Pakistan have a greater potential for armed conflict and terrorism:

  • Balochistan province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, including the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
  • Azad Kashmir

Street crime is common. These include assault, armed robbery, theft, and kidnapping. The frequency of such incidents increases after dark.

Travellers are advised to keep a low profile. Exercise a high degree of caution and remain vigilant at all times. Keep abreast of local developments by monitoring the local news, and avoid large public gatherings.

Civil unrest can escalate quickly. If there is evidence of unrest, head to a safe place immediately.

Pakistan is a Muslim country and local laws reflect this. Dress and behave conservatively at all times. It is illegal for unmarried couples to live together. It is illegal to import alcohol and pork products. It is illegal to proselytise. The death penalty can be imposed for murder, rape, drug offences, unlawful assembly, and blasphemy. 

Heavy rains during the monsoon season between June and October each year can cause severe flooding. Monitor local forecasts and avoid areas at risk of flooding or mudslides. Note that roads may be closed. 

Bottled water may be contaminated. Check with reputable sources before consumption. 

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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