Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [29 May 2019]
In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorism. 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 to heed advice of the local authorities.
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 (https://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 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 8800/8855.