Entry and Exit
On 4 October 2020, the South African Minister of Home Affairs reinstated the visa exemption status of Singapore citizens which was revoked at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. Until further notice, Singapore passport holders may visit SA without a visa. They will not be quarantined unless they show symptoms on arrival. But a negative PCR Covid test within 72 hours of travel is required, and travel insurance covering Covid-19 is advised. Singaporeans travelling from other countries, such as those designated high-risk by SA, may have to satisfy additional requirements. All visitors must download the “ Covid Alert SA” app onto their smartphones, which may be done in advance free of charge from the Google Play Store.
Please refer to the following websites for more information. Regulations are subject to change at short notice. Also, implementation on the ground may vary.
Updates on the current Covid-19 situation in SA can be found on the official Twitter page of the Department of Health of South Africa at https://twitter.com/HealthZA and the official SA Covid-19 website www.sacoronavirus.co.za
There should be at least two empty pages in the passport for the South African immigration stamps and at least six months validity for the passport, on the expected date of departure from South Africa.
South Africa has strict entry regulations for minors (i.e. those under 18 years) to prevent child trafficking. Any minor travelling with one parent or without his/her parents into South Africa will need to bring along certain documentation for entry into South Africa. Please contact the High Commission of South Africa in Singapore for more details and refer to
Note: if you are travelling to other neighbouring countries such as Namibia, kindly check with the respective embassies for their requirements on travelling with children. For example, Namibia requires parents travelling with children under 18 to have the original birth certificate or a certified true copy which lists down the names of both parents. If the child is travelling with one parent, the absent parent should also issue a letter of consent in the form of an affidavit.
Safety and Security
If you have been to a region with Yellow Fever, you will be asked to produce your Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate for entry into South Africa.
If you plan to visit safaris, trek, or visit beaches or rivers to swim, please check weather/safety reports. Animals can be dangerous. Some parts of the country are not malaria-free. You may wish to seek professional travel health advice regarding vaccinations required or recommended for travel to South Africa.
When travelling in private cars, keep your bags and valuables in the boot and out of sight to avoid “smash and grab” robbery attempts when the car slows down or stops.
Travelling on roads and highways is generally safe. When self-driving, Singaporeans should stick to major roads, check routes in advance and not solely rely on GPS (which tends to select the shortest routes including unpaved and unlit tracks), avoid stopping on highways, be prepared for breakdowns, and pay heed to natural hazards such as animals, fog and flash floods, especially at night. When locking the car by remote control, physically double-check that doors are locked; robbers are known to use anti-jamming devices to foil the remote locking.
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.