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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore has implemented the 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.  

 

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, all travellers entering Lesotho are required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test completed no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms on arrival are required to undergo self-isolation at their place of residence or in an isolation facility in a government hospital, at their own cost. The government of Lesotho has mandated the use of digitalised AU Trusted Travel certificates for entry and exit. More information can be found at https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/.  The test certificate should be uploaded onto the Trusted Travel website to generate a Travel Code. Travellers departing from Lesotho to South Africa are required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test competed no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

 

You may also wish to refer to the Ministry of Health of Lesotho's website at http://health.gov.ls for updates. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest High Commission of Lesotho, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

 

We advise Singaporeans travelling or living in Lesotho to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times. While the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria is accredited to Lesotho, Singapore has no physical diplomatic presence in Lesotho. 

 

Singaporeans may stay up to 30 days in Lesotho without a visa. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest High Commission of Lesotho for up-to-date information. There should be at least six months' validity on your passport on the expected date of departure from Lesotho.   

As the only way to Lesotho is via South Africa, do note that South Africa has strict entry regulations for minors (i.e. those under 18 years of age) to prevent child trafficking.  Any minor travelling with one parent or without his/her parents must provide certain documentation for entry into South Africa. Please contact the High Commission of South Africa in Singapore for more details.

Singaporeans who plan to drive in Lesotho should take note of the road conditions.  Some rural areas can be accessed only by heavy duty four-wheel-drive vehicles.  If you are visiting during the winter months, you should make the necessary preparations to drive on icy roads and to be prepared for road closures due to snow.

If you have been to a region with yellow fever, you will be asked to produce your yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Lesotho. You may wish to consult Tan Tock Seng Traveller’s Clinic for vaccinations and medical advice needed for travel to Lesotho.

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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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