Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Please refer to the ICA website 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.
In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting Italy should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the Official Travel Information website of the Ministry of Health of Italy (https://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/dettaglioContenutiNuovocoronavirus.jsp?lingua=english&id=5412&area=nuovoCoronavirus&menu=vuoto) for the latest information.
Singaporeans can visit Italy for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry within the Schengen region without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.
Italy is part of the Schengen area. Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area for short-term tourism, a business trip, or in transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure. 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 contact their travel agent or the Embassy of Italy in Singapore (www.ambsingapore.esteri.it) for the latest information.
Petty Crime: Foreigners are targets for pickpockets and thieves, especially in tourist areas and larger cities. Teams may work together to distract travellers. Thefts are also 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.
Italy lies across several major earthquake faultlines and earthquakes are frequent. It also has several active volcanos. Information on crisis preparedness and ongoing crises can be accessed at the Italian Civil Protection website (www.protezionecivile.gov.it/jcms/en/rischi.wp).
It is illegal to purchase counterfeit items such as sunglasses, bags, and purses from street vendors. If in doubt, purchase branded items from reputable stores instead. If a price is too good to be true, it probably is.
Strikes can occur at short notice and may disrupt land, rail, and air transport. Check for transport schedule changes regularly and plan alternative arrangements in advance. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
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 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:
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.