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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory


Travellers should refer to the ICA 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.


COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting Poland should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the website of the Republic of Poland (https://www.gov.pl/web/coronavirus/outside-the-european-union-schengen-area ) for the latest information.

Poland is part of the Schengen Area. Singaporeans can visit Poland for up to 90 days – within 180 days from the date of initial entry into the Schengen Area– without a visa, provided no employment is pursued.

Entry into any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area for short-term tourism, business, or transit to a non-Schengen destination, requires a minimum three months’ passport validity beyond the intended date of departure from the Schengen Area. Singaporeans should have their passports with them when crossing borders, even within the Schengen Area.

Travellers can apply for a Schengen visa through the Polish Embassy in Singapore if (a) they are only visiting Poland; (b) they are visiting multiple Schengen countries, but Poland is their main destination; or (c) they are unsure which Schengen country will be their main destination, but their first port of entry in the Schengen Area will be in Poland.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to to the website of the Embassy of Poland in Singapore for the latest information. Alternatively, they may contact their travel agent, or the Embassy (singapore.secretary@msz.gov.pl, +65 6235 9478, or in case of emergency, +65 9656 6298).

Please be informed that due to COVID-19, the Embassy has limited the number of visa application visits per day until further notice. In order to book an appointment, please use the e-konsulat system. Applications must be made at least two weeks prior to the planned departure date.

Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and theft, does occur, especially on public transport and in tourist areas. Robbery is common at the main rail stations and on trains, especially overnight sleeper trains. Be vigilant especially while boarding and leaving trains. Secure your belongings if you are on an overnight train. 

Public demonstrations are a common occurrence in Poland. Exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

Check your bill in bars and nightclubs. Incidents of overcharging on debit or credit cards have occurred.

Use registered and officially marked taxis. Taxis that do not display telephone numbers and company names usually charge exorbitant rates. 

Consumption of alcohol in public places, with the exception of designated restaurant areas, is illegal.

It is illegal to take photos of military and secure buildings and installations. If in doubt, check with local authorities.

Driving: An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required for Singaporeans to drive in Poland and must be obtained before arrival. Singaporeans should also have their Singapore Driving Licence with them. Under Polish law, you can be charged if you drive or cycle on public roads under the influence of drugs and alcohol and penalties are severe. Travellers should take note of the drink-drive prescribed alcohol limit in Poland.

There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis, a viral disease that affects the central nervous system, especially in forested areas during the summer. Take precautions against insect bites and follow local advice. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 5 February 2024]

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:

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 unrest 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 numbers, 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 Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

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