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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

 

Singapore has implemented SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. 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

Travellers from Singapore who are not citizens or family members of a citizen of a country in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. Produce a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Croatia;
  2. Produce a negative COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia (a list of recognised ARTs is available at the European Commission website);
  3. Produce a COVID-19 vaccination certificate of a vaccination administered within the last year, where the last dose was administered at least 14 days prior to arrival in Croatia;
  4. Produce a certificate indicating recovery from a COVID-19 infection and a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, where the vaccine dose was administered within 12 months prior to arrival in Croatia;
  5. Produce a positive COVID-19 PCR test or ART taken within the last year, at least 11 days prior to arrival in Croatia;
  6. Produce a certificate of recovery from a COVID-19 infection issued by a physician; or
  7. Undergo self-isolation at their place of residence upon arrival in Croatia, until they can produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test or ART, or for 10 days, whichever is earlier.

Please visit the Croatian Ministry of the Interior (MUP) website for further details on the latest entry restrictions applicable to travel to Croatia.

 

Domestic COVID-19 Safe Management Measures

For all government documents pertaining to domestic rules and regulations to control the spread of COVID-19 in Croatia, please refer to the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) website (in Croatian).

 

Singaporeans can visit Croatia for up to 90 days within 180 days of the date of initial entry without a visa, provided that no employment is sought. Travellers should note that Croatia is not part of the Schengen Area.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to refer to the website of the Embassy of Croatia in Jakarta, which also covers Singapore, for the latest information. Alternatively, they may contact their travel agent, or the Embassy (jakarta@mvep.hr, +62 21 525 7822, or +62 21 525 7611).

Please note that in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, until further notice, Croatia has limited its visa approvals. More information is available at the Embassy website. For queries on visa applications, please contact vize@mvep.hr.

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing, is common in tourist areas. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery.

Some bars and restaurants in tourist areas charge exorbitant prices for food and drinks. This is legal as long as prices are displayed, even if they are not shown on the menu. Check before you order.

De-mining of former conflict areas is still ongoing. Exercise caution and take note of local signs for minefields, active land mines, and unexploded ordnances. Travellers should heed local signage and avoid mined areas.

Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances. 

In some towns, it can be an offence to be in swimwear even a short distance away from the beach. Take note of your surroundings and dress accordingly. If in doubt, check with the local authorities.

Driving: Headlights must be switched on at all times, even during the day, from the last weekend in October until the last weekend in March. Winter tyres are mandatory from 15 November to 15 April of the following year. If you are driving to or through Bosnia and Herzegovina, ensure that you have the appropriate documents to facilitate border crossing. If in doubt, check with the local authorities. 

Cliff jumping, while popular, can lead to serious injury and even death. Warning signs and safety barriers may not be in place. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure, and ensure that it covers such activities. 

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:

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 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.

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