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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer 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. 

Following the Christchurch shootings in March 2019, New Zealand has reviewed its National Terrorism Threat Level is as Medium (on a scale from Negligible, Very Low, Low, Medium, High to Extreme). This means that a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. Singaporeans travelling to New Zealand are advised to eRegister with MFA, be vigilant, monitor local news and follow the instructions of local authorities.

From 1 October 2019, all visitors, including Singapore citizens, must have a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before travelling to or transiting in New Zealand. This is a new border security measure introduced by the New Zealand government. The NZeTA is not a visa and does not guarantee entry into New Zealand. On arrival in New Zealand, visitors must still meet all existing entry requirements, such as holding an onward travel ticket, being a bona fide visitor and being in good health. Visitors should request an NZeTA well in advance of their trip, as it can take up to 72 hours to process. The NZeTA costs NZ$9 through the mobile app (App Store for iOS, Google Play for Android) and NZ$12 through the website.

Please note that Singapore passport holders with a valid New Zealand visa do not require an NZeTA.

Visitors must also pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of NZ$35, which is payable in the same transaction as the NZeTA.

Singaporeans can visit New Zealand (for holiday and sightseeing, visit family and friends etc.) for up to 90 days without a visa. Passports must be valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand and have a NZeTA. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the High Commission of New Zealand in Singapore, or visit the New Zealand Immigration website, for up-to-date information.

New Zealand’s immigration rules are strict, particularly regarding employment.  Anyone wishing to work will need a visa allowing employment, including wedding photographers on ad hoc work assignments in New Zealand.

Quarantine and bio security: New Zealand has very strict bio-security regulations, and instant fines are issued for failing to declare items for quarantine on arrival.  It is illegal to import most foodstuffs (meat and meat products, honey, fruit, dairy produce) and strict penalties are handed out to those breaking these rules.  If in doubt, declare items to a Ministry of Primary Industries official or dump them in one of the bins available at the airport.

Medication: There are some restrictions on bringing medication into New Zealand. Visit the New Zealand Customs website for more information.  If you arrive in New Zealand with any prescription medicines, you must declare it on your passenger arrival card.

COVID-19

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, you may also wish to refer to the official web portal of the Government of New Zealand for information on public health travel advisory affecting travellers from Singapore. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the nearest Embassy of New Zealand to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.

Crime:   Crime levels are generally low, but street crime occurs in major towns and cities.  Theft occurs from hotel rooms, tourist sites, recreational areas, and especially in unattended vehicles.  Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

Road Travel: You can use a Singapore driving licence to drive in New Zealand for up to a maximum of 12 months.  More information can be found on the New Zealand Transport Agency website. Travel times by car are easy to underestimate, as roads can be narrow, winding and cover hilly terrain.  Weather conditions can change quickly, particularly during winter.  Landslides caused by heavy rain can block or wash away roads.  Mountain roads, including those leading to ski hills, may be narrow, unpaved and without safety barriers.  Read a copy of the Road Code - the official guide to traffic rules and traffic safety - before driving.  The New Zealand Transport Agency and the New Zealand Automobile Association publish information on road closures and warnings. You should take out private motor vehicle insurance.  Accident victims do not have a legal right to sue a third party in the event of an accident in New Zealand.  Instead the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) helps pay for your care if you are injured as a result of an accident.  However, the ACC only covers the cost of treatment in New Zealand and delayed travel or loss of income in a third country is not covered.  You should therefore make sure you have adequate travel and accident insurance.

Adventure Activities: Although many tourists participate in adventure activities in New Zealand without problem, serious accidents have occurred and some activity operators have been accused of negligence.  Make sure to choose a reputable company.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your comprehensive travel insurance policy covers all your activities. If you are visiting remote areas, check with local tourist authorities for advice before setting out.  Make sure you register your details with a visitor information centre or leave details with family or friends.  Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous in some areas.  Keep yourself informed of regional weather forecasts.

Importing illegal drugs is punishable by up to 8 - 12 years’ imprisonment.

Weather: In New Zealand, weather conditions can change quickly and severe weather is sometimes experienced. Weather conditions, forecasts and warnings can be monitored at www.metservice.co.nz.

Natural Disasters: New Zealand is located in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes.  Tsunamis may occur after a strong earthquake and can travel long distances across the Pacific.  Strong earthquakes and aftershocks have been recorded throughout the country in recent years.  There are also a number of volcanoes and active thermal areas in New Zealand. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.  Ongoing updates and advice in the event of any natural disaster response will be found at the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website. Exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services in the event of a natural disaster. To learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, see the New Zealand Earthquake Commission and Get Ready Get Thru websites.

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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