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Travel Notice for Spain

06 March 2020
There have been disruptive demonstrations and strikes in Barcelona and other areas of Catalonia which have continued.

Singaporeans travelling to or already in Barcelona and other areas of Catalonia should take the necessary precautions for their personal safety, heed the instructions of the local authorities, and closely monitor the local news.  Singaporeans should remain vigilant, exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid any protests or demonstrations.  They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

Some of the demonstrations may result in transportation and flights being disrupted. Information on travel disruptions can be at https://twitter.com/emergenciescat with English translations available. Please check with the relevant airline on the status of your flight and cater for additional travelling time when making your way to the airport.
 
The Barcelona Tourism Office has set up a call centre (+34 93 285 38 34) to assist tourists affected by the demonstrations. This service is operational daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can answer queries in different languages.Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so we can contact you should the need arise.  They should also stay in touch with family and friends so that they know you are safe.  Those in need of consular assistance should contact the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:

MFA Duty Office in Singapore
Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer 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 Advisory for Spain

 

In view of the COVID-19 situation, the Spanish government has closed all land borders with effect from midnight on 17 March 2020. Only Spanish citizens, residents, cross-border workers, cases of force majeure, humanitarian cases and diplomats are allowed to enter Spanish territory. Travellers should make alternative travel arrangements, and be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Please visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en/Paginas/inicio.aspx) for the latest information.

Singaporeans can visit Spain for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry within the Schengen region without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.

Spain is part of the Schengen area. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the Embassy of Spain in Singapore for the latest information.

Petty crime is common especially in large cities and tourist areas. Thieves may attempt to distract travellers by asking them questions or showing them a large map. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. 

Scams and fraud are common. Be wary of unexpected calls or messages. Only enter into agreements with reputable individuals or companies that you know well. Ensure that the terms of the agreement are clear. 

Public demonstrations and strikes affecting traffic and transport services may occur at short notice and can become violent. Avoid large public gatherings. If there is evidence of unrest, head for a safe place immediately and monitor local media. 

There is a threat of a terrorist attack in Spain. The Spanish government’s national anti-terror alert level is at four on a scale of one to five, and has not changed following terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils in August 2017. While there is a risk of indiscriminate attacks, targets could include areas frequented by tourists. Be vigilant and exercise caution in popular tourist locations and crowded places. In case of any security incidents, monitor local media and follow instructions of local authorities and tour operator (if applicable). 

Travellers must carry identification at all times.

In some parts of Spain, it is an offence to wear swimwear off the beach, even along the beachfront promenade or in adjacent streets. Some local councils have also banned the consumption of alcohol on the street. Offenders may be fined on the spot. Be aware of the local regulations. 

 

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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