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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Travellers should refer to the ICA website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.


COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting Austria should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the following links for the latest information.


Austrian government



Austria official travel portal



Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection (BMSGPK) (in German)


Austria is part of the Schengen Area. Singaporeans can visit Austria for up to 90 days – within 180 days from the date of initial entry into the Schengen Area– without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.


Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area for short-term tourism, business, or transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure from the Schengen Area. We recommend that travellers should have at least six months’ passport validity. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen Area.


As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to refer to the website of the Embassy of Austria in Singapore for the latest information. Alternatively, they may contact their travel agent, or the Embassy (Singapur-ob@bmeia.gv.at or +65 6229 0190).


For all consular affairs, the Embassy requires persons to book an appointment in advance here: https://appointment.bmeia.gv.at/?Office=Singapur.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, does occur, especially in public areas, tourist areas, and larger cities. Teams may work together to distract travellers. Thefts are known to take place on trains and public transport when travellers are distracted or sleeping. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. 

Demonstrations occur regularly in Austria. They are largely peaceful but travellers should exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

Travellers should carry identification at all times. 

Drug offences carry heavy penalties.

It is illegal to cover your face in public places or buildings.

Avoid taking photographs of buildings of military or security nature. If in doubt, check with the local authorities.

Driving: To drive on toll roads, travellers need to purchase a special sticker from petrol stations, “Tabak” shops or at the border crossing. It is mandatory to use winter tyres from 1 November to 15 April of the following year. Purchase travel insurance that covers vehicle incidents before departure.


Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

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 regulations.

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:

Before travelling

  • 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.

While travelling

  • 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 unrest 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 numbers, 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 Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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