Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website and SafeTravel 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.
International Arrivals to the UK
From 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the ‘traffic light’ system comprising red, amber or green list countries/territories to a single red list of countries/territories, with simplified travel measures. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status.
Further details on the changes to international travel rules can be obtained via: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england.
There is separate guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
International Arrivals from Singapore
From 4 October 2021, England will have a new system for international travel whereby the current ‘traffic light’ system comprising red, amber and green list countries/territories will be replaced by a single red list of countries/territories. Singapore will be added to the list of recognised overseas vaccination programmes for international travel, with eligible fully vaccinated travellers exempt from quarantine and pre-departure COVID-19 test (PDT) requirements. Other requirements such as the completion of the Passenger Locator Form and booking of and takinga COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England remain.
Further details on the new system for international travel to England can be obtained via: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-system-for-international-travel.
There is separate guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can visit the UK without a visa. Passport must be valid for the duration of your stay (We recommend that travellers should have at least six months passport validity). If you're planning to visit the UK for more than six months, or for any purpose other than tourism, please refer to the UK Visas and Immigration website at https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration to ensure you apply for the appropriate visa.
As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the British High Commission in Singapore for up-to-date information.
The UK is not part of the Schengen area, and a passport is required to travel between the UK and other European countries, including Ireland.
From 20 May 19, Singaporeans are eligible to use eGates at 15 air and rail ports in the UK for quicker automated immigration clearance into the UK. However, not everyone should use the eGates. In this regard, please check the UK Visas and Immigration website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coming-to-the-uk/faster-travel-through-the-uk-border.
UK airports administer extensive security screening for passengers. If you are flying to the UK, allow extra time for extended screenings and luggage checks at your airport of departure. Check the UK Visas and Immigration website at https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/arriving-in-the-uk for further information on these measures and on current hand luggage restrictions at UK airports.
You must declare to Customs:
anything over your duty-free allowance
banned or restricted goods in the UK, e.g. meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries
goods that you plan to sell
more than €10,000 (or its equivalent) in cash, if you’re coming from outside the EU
Safety and Security
The UK faces a serious and challenging threat from terrorism, international groups, domestic extremists and Northern Ireland-related groups.
On 8 February 2021, the UK threat level for international terrorism was reduced from ‘Severe’ to ‘Substantial’ (level three on a five point scale, with level five being the most likely), which means an attack is still likely. The threat to Northern Ireland from Northern Ireland-Related Terrorism remains at ‘Severe’.
Threat levels do not have an expiry date. They can change at any time as different information becomes available to security agents. For more information on the current threat level, please visit the Home Office website at www.gov.uk/terrorism-national-emergency or the Security Service website at www.mi5.gov.uk/threat-levels.
Members of the public should always remain alert to the danger of terrorism and report any suspicious activities to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321. Members of the public should:
- remain alert to the danger of terrorism
- look out for suspicious behaviour or unattended bags on public transport and in other public places
- look out for other signs of possible terrorist activity
- report suspicious behaviour and unattended bags to the police
- take heed of any official warnings
- follow the advice of local authorities
The Police Service, the British Transport Police and many partners in the UK and abroad work very hard to keep the public safe from threats. Attacks are infrequent but the simple ‘Run Hide Tell’ guidance offered by the National Police Chiefs’ Council is useful and relevant when you encounter a firearms and weapons attack, the video guidance for which can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUCW_mk35Xc
The phone number for police/fire/ambulance emergency services is 999 in the United Kingdom. You should also use this number to report security threats or suspicious packages.
Travellers and residents encounter petty crime, such as pickpocketing and mobile phone theft, across the UK, especially in crowded tourist locations.
- Be cautious and aware of your surroundings.
- Be vigilant, as pickpocketing, mugging and “snatch and grab” theft of mobile phones, watches and jewellery can occur.
- Do not leave bags unattended in restaurants, pubs, hotel lobbies, and parked cars.
- Be alert to other criminal schemes, such as impostors posing as undercover police officers and “fining” tourists for bogus minor offences. A legitimate London Metropolitan Police Services officer will never demand an immediate cash payment.
- Use only licensed Black Cabs or pre-ordered car services (minicabs). Unlicensed taxis or private cars posing as taxis may offer low fares, but in some instances, travellers have been robbed or sexually assaulted while using these cars. The Safer Travel at Night partnership among the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, and the Mayor of London maintains a website with additional information on cabs and car services at www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/taxis-and-minicabs
- Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location or are located in isolated areas – they may not be legitimate. Use ATMs located inside a bank branch.
- Scams: Financial crimes conducted over the internet have increased dramatically in the United Kingdom as scammers attempt to convince you to send them money. These fraudulent schemes can include:
- Online dating/social networking services
- Inheritance notices
- Work permits/job offers
- Bank overpayments
- Schemes that make it appear you are helping a loved one or a friend in trouble
All visitors and residents are subjected to local laws and penalties. Research on local laws prior to arrival especially for extended stays. Do note the following laws that can affect your visit or stay:
Useful link on “your rights and the law” can be found here: www.gov.uk/browse/justice/rights
Health: While medical services are widely available, free medical care under the National Health System (NHS) is extended only for UK residents, certain EU nationals, and some visa holders. Please refer to the NHS’s guidance on the way overseas visitors are charged for NHS hospital care.
Ensure that you have comprehensive travel insurance before you travel.
To locate your nearest GP surgery or hospital while in the UK, call the NHS on 111 or visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk. If you require urgent medical care, go to the nearest hospital.
Road Conditions and Safety: You can drive any small vehicle (e.g. car or motorcycle) listed on your full and valid licence for 12 months from when you last entered Great Britain (GB)
- Using a hand-held cell phones or similar device while driving is illegal in the United Kingdom. Only hands-free phones may be used. You will be fined, or in the case of an accident, arrested and serve time in prison.
- You will be detained and arrested if you cannot provide a UK address to receive a subpoena or are about to depart the United Kingdom and have to be brought to court quickly for a motoring offence.
- In Central London, a congestion charge is levied on all drivers who pass through the zone. You will be fined or arrested if you do not pay the charge. See Transport for London’s website www.tfl.gov.uk for more information about driving in London.
- Information on disruptions to London transportation services can be found on the Transport for London website at www.tfl.gov.uk
- Information about the status of National Rail Services can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website at www.nationalrail.co.uk
- Bus and train service information in Northern Ireland can be found on the Translink website at www.translink.co.uk
- Bus and train service information in Scotland can be found on the Traveline Scotland website at www.travelinescotland.com
- For specific information concerning UK driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, please refer to the UK the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/driver-and-vehicle-licensing-agency
General Travel Advice
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:
- 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.
- 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.