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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents of Singapore (SPRs) travelling from Maldives are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure. However, SCs/SPRs, other than children aged six or younger, are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. In addition, from 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, SCs/SPRs arriving from Maldives are subject to a 21-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at a SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF) as well as COVID-19 PCR tests on day 14 and before the end of their 21-day SHN period.


Travellers may also wish to refer to the SafeTravel website and the Changi Airport COVID-19 Information Hub for updates on the latest border control measures, and to the MOH COVID-19 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.

Travel Restrictions in Maldives


Since 15 July 2020, Maldives resumed the issuing of on-arrival tourist visas. With effect from 3 May 2021, all travellers to Maldives (excluding children below the age of one) are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 96 hours before departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to Maldives. Travellers have to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result on arrival for entry to Maldives.

Tourists will be exempted from travel quarantine, if travelling to an island where 60% of the island population (including tourist resort/guesthouse and hotel islands) have completed 14 days after the second dose or the prescribed dose(s) of a vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). A completed Health Declaration Card and Immigration Arrival Card must be presented upon arrival. All excursions to and from islands, resorts, safari vessels and guesthouses are suspended.

You may wish to refer to the Visit Maldives website at visitmaldives.com/en/covid19-updates for the latest updates on travel restrictions. You may also wish to refer to the official Twitter page of the Maldives Health Protection Agency at https://twitter.com/HPA_MV?s=09, or the Maldives Health Protection Agency’s website at https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/ for information on COVID-19 restrictions affecting travellers. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of the Maldives in Singapore, to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

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Singaporeans travelling to Maldives are advised to take the necessary precautions and exercise personal responsibility at all times. All Singaporeans travelling overseas are encouraged to take up comprehensive travel insurance. Please check with the insurers for clarifications on the terms and conditions of the insurance coverage. Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ and to stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe.


Please note that Singapore has no diplomatic representation in Maldives which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance in an emergency. Singaporeans who need consular assistance can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 Hours) at:


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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Singaporeans can obtain a visa-on-arrival for a stay of up to 30 days in the Maldives. Visitors must have a passport that is valid for the duration of the stay, a valid ticket for their journey out of the Maldives, and sufficient funds to cover the expenses of the stay or a confirmation of reservation in a resort or hotel in the Maldives.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the Embassy of the Maldives in Singapore for the latest information.

Drug-related and gang-related crime does occur in the Maldives. Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, can also be common especially in public areas such as the beach. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings.

Political demonstrations and protests do occur in the Maldives, especially in Male. Exercise caution, avoid protest areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

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

There are strict restrictions on the import of controlled items, including alcohol, explosives, weapons, pornography and non-Islamic religious materials.

The export of tortoise shells and corals is also forbidden.

Visitors should respect the Maldives as an Islamic country and be sensitive to the religious and social traditions. Dress and behave modestly. Alcohol should only be consumed in the resorts. 

Sea swimming can be dangerous. Ocean currents are strong and can lead to drowning. Swimmers should comply with the advice and instructions of the locals. Do not swim unless you are confident. 

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:

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 (https://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 [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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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