20 December 2019
There have been reports of continued protests in various parts of India including New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka (Mangaluru), Kerala, Gujarat (Ahmedabad) and parts of the Northeast, which have resulted in violence and loss of lives in some cases.
These protests are expected to continue in the coming days. Singaporeans intending to travel to India should exercise heightened caution, vigilance and avoid non-essential travel where violence and large-scale destruction of property have been reported. Transport, traffic and communications (mobile services and internet) may be affected. Curfews have been imposed in some areas. The Government has also introduced the law that prevents gatherings of four or more people - known as Section 144 – in some areas. Affected Singaporeans are advised to check with their travel agents on the latest situation and allow more time for travel. Due to the evolving situation, they should keep themselves updated on the latest developments through the local news and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, including avoiding areas with protests and large gatherings, and following the instructions of the local authorities.
Do stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans in India are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.
Those who require consular assistance can contact the following:
SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSION IN NEW DELHI, INDIA
E-6 Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: +91 11 4600 0800 / +91 98102 03595
Areas of coverage: Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal
SINGAPORE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN CHENNAI, INDIA
17A North Boag Road, T Nagar, Chennai 600017
Tel: +91 44 2815 8207 / +91 98400 33136
Areas of coverage: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana
SINGAPORE CONSULATE-GENERAL IN MUMBAI, INDIA
152, 14th Floor, Maker Chambers IV
222, Jamnalal Bajaj Road
Tel: +91 22 2204 3205 / +91 82910 32836
Areas of coverage: Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hour)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800/8855
03 August 2019
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has advised tourists and pilgrims to leave Kashmir immediately because of security threats. Singaporeans currently in Jammu & Kashmir are advised to leave soonest possible. While awaiting departure they are to remain vigilant, and follow the advice of local authorities.
Singaporeans should defer all non-essential travel to Jammu & Kashmir in India, given the uncertain security situation there.
Singaporeans travelling to other parts in India should continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety. They are advised to stay vigilant, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities. Do stay in touch with your family and friends in Singapore so that they know you are safe. Singaporeans in India are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.
Travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents and who have recent travel history to India within the last 14 days prior to entry will be required to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure. Travellers will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result as part of pre-boarding checks to enter Singapore. Travellers aged 6 and below arriving from India will not be required to present a valid negative Covid-19 test result as a condition of entry into Singapore. The test result memo must state the negative test result in English, the particulars of the traveler/s in accordance with the particulars in the passport (date of birth, nationality & passport number), and indicate the date that the test was taken. If the personal particulars used are not stated in the passport, the traveler should have the relevant identity document on hand for verification. Singapore only accepts test results from recognised labs in India that are internationally accredited or recognised by the Indian Government. Travellers without the necessary PCR test memo will be denied entry into Singapore. If travellers are found to have produced false or forged COVID-19 test certificates, it will affect their ability to obtain or sponsor immigration facilities in the future. This requirement will take effect for those arriving in Singapore from 17 September 2020 at 0000hrs, and will apply on top of the existing requirements of a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities and a negative COVID-19 test before the end of their SHN. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are exempt from the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test requirement but are still required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities and undergo COVID-19 tests (serology test and swab test where necessary) during their SHN. More details can be found on the Singapore Ministry of Health COVID-19 FAQs website (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/faqs), specifically Section H for travellers from India. Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19) 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. Travellers may also wish to refer to the ICA COVID-19 website (https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19) and the Changi Airport COVID-19 Information Hub (https://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/Covid-19.html) for updates on the latest border control measures.
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, international airline operations between India and Singapore remain suspended, except for international repatriation flights under India’s Vande Bharat Mission. From 15 September 2020, international passengers arriving in the state of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test report taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. Affected passengers may apply for a RT-PCR test on the SafeTravel website at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pre-departure-test. Detailed guidelines on activities permitted during India’s phased re-opening can be found on https://www.mha.gov.in. You may also wish to refer to the official website of the Indian Bureau of Immigration at https://boi.gov.in/.
It has come to our attention that there is an instance of unauthorised use of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) logo to solicit funds in India. We would like to alert the public that NCSS does not have any presence in India nor does it solicit funds in India. Anyone who suspects that he is involved in a potential fraud should lodge a police report.
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. Please click above for more information.
If you have a local contact (Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents aged 21 years and above) in Singapore to sponsor you for your visa, visit ICA’s website at www.ica.gov.sg for details on how to apply. If you do not have a local contact in Singapore, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website at www.mfa.gov.sg for more details on how to apply through Singapore’s overseas missions and their authorised visa agents. Beware of other websites that claim to process your visa applications. Do not fall prey to these scam websites.
Consular services, including notarial (e.g. notarisation of CPF withdrawal forms) and Singapore citizen/permanent resident-related services (e.g. passport application, re-entry permit renewal), are available from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm on Tuesday and Friday (excluding public holidays) strictly on an appointment basis. Please make an appointment at least one working day in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, please call us at +91 44 2815 8207.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on Visas by clicking the link above. Should you have any other queries on visas, you can call us at +91 44 2815 8207 or email us at email@example.com.
Singapore Citizens working in India were previously required to contribute to India’s Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF). Through negotiations with India’s Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation, all Singapore Citizens are now exempt from this requirement. Please click the header above for more information.
The Indian e-Visa is only valid for entry through 28 designated airports (i.e. Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi, and Vishakhapatnam) and 5 designated seaports (i.e. Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai). However, the Indian e-Visa holder can exit from any authorised Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India. This Indian e-Visa is an addition to existing Visa services. Information on the Indian e-Visa can be found at the Indian Visa Online website by clicking the header above.