PM Lee Hsien Loong's remarks in English, Malay and Chinese on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Singapore, delivered on 21 April 2020.
Dear Singaporeans, We hope everyone is staying safe and observing the directions of local authorities with regard to COVID-19 measures. We want to highlight that from 3 April 2020, Singapore Airlines will resume limited service three times weekly to Sydney on east coast Australia, and Scoot will operate a similar schedule to Perth on the west coast. Please go to Singaporeair.com (call centre at 13 10 11), and flyscoot.com (call 02 9061 7088) to access these flights. As call volumes may still be high, we ask that you be patient. We also remind you that the Singapore High Commission cannot assist with flight bookings on your behalf, due to privacy laws and the rules governing commercial transactions and payments.
Please note that, with effect from this Friday (27/3), ALL travellers arriving in Singapore - including Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents & long-term pass holders - must submit a health declaration (https://icaeservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard/). You can do so up to 3 days BEFORE travel.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will temporarily suspend flights to/from Australia between 30 March and 11 April 2020. We therefore reiterate the advice from MFA and MOE encouraging Singaporeans who wish to return home to do so quickly.
In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, all short-term visitors will now not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. This is also to conserve resources so we can focus on Singaporeans.
There have been press queries regarding the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Canberra, Australia on 23 March 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison telephoned Prime Minister Lee over the weekend to discuss the visit in view of Australia’s travel restrictions on in-bound visitors. They agreed that discussions will be done via video conference instead, and to proceed with the planned signings of important bilateral agreements. This demonstrates the conviction of both sides that it is important to continue with the business of government, and maintain the good momentum of the Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, even as we each deal with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In view of the surge in the number of confirmed cases around the world – in particular in Iran, northern Italy, Japan and Republic of Korea – the Multi-Ministry Taskforce will put in place further precautionary measures to limit the risk that these affected regions may pose to Singapore.
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To update, the State of Disaster for Victoria has been extended for another 48 hours till midnight of Saturday, 11 Jan 20. New alerts in Victoria have been issued for the region around the fires at Abbeyard and Mt Buffalo. South Australia has also issued an alert for western side of Kangaroo Island.
The latest updates on the bushfire situation are flagged for your information: i) a State of Emergency has been declared in New South Wales, with specific instructions from authorities pertaining to the South Coast; ii) Victoria has also declared a State of Disaster given developments in the East Gippsland region; and iii) the Australian Capital Territory is on a State of Alert. Singaporeans in Australia are reminded to exercise vigilance and note that conditions can differ between regions of Australia, even within the same state or territory.
Major bushfires are currently affecting several states in Australia. Bushfires occur often during the summer months and conditions can change rapidly. Singaporeans are advised to consider the need for travel to the affected areas based on the latest information released by local authorities. Do continue to exercise vigilance and refer to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website (http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings/index.shtml) for details and updates.
A Consular official will visit Perth on Wednesday, 11 December 2019, and will take appointments for Singapore passport applications and passport collections! To make an appointment, please contact us at: Tel: 02 6271 2005 Email: email@example.com Find out how to prepare your passport application by clicking on the Consular Services section of this website. Image credit (c) Google Maps
As part of ongoing efforts to streamline procedures at the checkpoints and facilitate more efficient departure immigration clearance, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will cease the issuance of departure immigration endorsements (i.e. stamps of departure dates on travel documents) to all foreign travellers departing Singapore from 22 April 2019.
High Commissioner Kwok Fook Seng laid a wreath during the Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on 15 February 2019, commemorating the 77th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. During the Ceremony, we remembered two brothers, Private Arthur Cotton and Private Roy Cotton, who served as part of the 2/19th Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War. High Commissioner Kwok was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Pearl Kwok and Defence Adviser Colonel Kevin Chin, who had the opportunity to convey their gratitude to their two sisters and other family members in attendance.