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
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.