Entry and Exit
All Singaporeans and residents of Singapore are still advised to defer all travel abroad. However, essential business and official travel will be permitted under Reciprocal Green Lane (Business Track) arrangements.
Reciprocal Green Lane/Business Track for Essential Travel Between Singapore and Japan
The Reciprocal Green Lane for essential business and official travel between Singapore and Japan was launched on 18 September 2020. For operational details and frequently-asked questions, please refer to the SafeTravel website <safetravel.ica.gov.sg> and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website <https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html>.
Residence Track Between Singapore and Japan
The Residence Track between Singapore and Japan was launched on 30 September 2020. For more details on eligibility criteria and other requirements, health protocols and application process for entry into Japan, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan website < https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html>.
Japanese nationals who are holders of Work Passes issued by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and those who have been granted In-Principle Approval (IPA) for a Work Pass, who have yet to enter Singapore, are eligible to enter Singapore under the Residence Track. For more details on the actions required by their employers to bring them and their dependents into Singapore, please refer to the Ministry of Manpower website <www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-for-employers-and-employees-travelling-to-and-from-affected-areas#actions-by-employers >.
Re-entry of foreign nationals who departed Japan before 31 August 2020
Japan has implemented an entry ban on travellers from 159 countries/regions, including Singapore. Exceptions are granted for foreign nationals with Japanese status of residence, who wish to re-enter Japan. From 1 September 2020, Singaporeans with Japanese status of residence who departed Japan before 31 August 2020 with a valid re-entry permit are now eligible to re-enter Japan. Prior to re-entering Japan, travellers will need to obtain:
- a Letter of Confirmation of Submitting Required Documentation for Re-entry into Japan (or “Re-entry Confirmation Letter”) from the Japanese Embassy in Singapore; and
- a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before the departure flight to Japan.
The Re-entry Confirmation Letter and negative COVID-19 test result must be presented upon arrival in Japan. More details can be found at https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001074.html. Please contact the Japanese Embassy in Singapore at 62358855 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries regarding the Re-entry Confirmation Letter and re-entry to Japan.
Re-entry of foreign nationals departing Japan on or after 1 September 2020
Singaporeans with Japanese status of residence departing Japan on or after 1 September 2020 with a valid re-entry permit will need to:
- Submit a request to re-enter Japan, along with required information and a pledge to comply with current quarantine measures and additional epidemic prevention and control measures, to the Immigration Services Agency of Japan, and obtain a Receipt from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan confirming that the request has been approved [Note: For Singaporeans leaving Japan between 1 to 6 September 2020, the request to re-enter Japan should be submitted to the immigration inspector directly at the airport in Japan at the point of departure.]; and
- For residents of the Tokyo Metropolitan area, Kanagawa Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture or Niigata Prefecture, please submit your request to: email@example.com
- For residents of areas other than those listed above, please submit your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Obtain a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours before the departure flight to Japan.
The Receipt from the Immigration Services Agency of Japan and negative COVID-19 test result must be presented upon arrival in Japan. More details can be found at http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001327551.pdf. Please contact the Immigration Services Agency of Japan or the Japanese Embassy in Singapore for any queries regarding re-entry to Japan.
Upon re-entry to Japan, Japanese authorities require travellers to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 quarantine and control measures imposed by the Government of Japan as follows:
- Travellers will have to undergo Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing upon arrival in Japan, and their health conditions may be monitored by Japanese health authorities through medical examination.
- Travellers will not use public transport from the port of arrival to their accommodation, or any public facilities while in transit. Travellers will be required to submit proof for the arrangement of private transportation.
- Travellers will be subject to 14 days of self-quarantine at their home/place of accommodation in Japan. Please note that all travellers are to wait for the PCR test results at the airport before re-entry.
- Should travellers be tested positive for or are suspected to be infected with COVID-19 (e.g. feeling unwell, being on the same flight as someone who tested positive for COVID-19, etc.), they may be isolated or detained under Japan’s Quarantine Act.
Given ongoing developments in the COVID-19 situation, Singaporeans intending to travel to Japan should check these websites for further details and the latest information on travel restrictions, advisories and other measures imposed by the Japanese government:
- Embassy of Japan in Singapore
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan – Consular Services
- Japan National Tourist Organisation
- Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Safety and Security
The legal age for consuming and purchasing alcohol and tobacco in Japan is 20 years old.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required for Singaporeans to drive in Japan. As it is illegal to drive without the original IDP, car rental companies will not be able to rent cars to foreigners who are unable to produce the original IDP. For application procedures, please refer to the website of the Automobile Association of Singapore (https://www.aas.com.sg/our-services/international-driving-permit-idp.html).
Possession of prohibited drugs is a crime and can lead to heavy penalties, including imprisonment and fines. Travellers should note that prohibited drugs can include prescribed drugs for personal consumption. Travellers importing prescribed drugs should check with the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/import/index.html) or the Japanese Embassy on the application for an import certificate, before bringing the drugs into Japan.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]
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.
Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.
In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several 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:
· 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 (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
· 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 [Updated: 12 May 2016]
There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails typically originate from an email address 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 from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails 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.