Entry and Exit
Singaporeans travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to exercise caution. If you are already in Sri Lanka, you are strongly advised to stay vigilant and take all necessary precautions for your personal safety, including to monitor the news closely and heed the instructions of the local authorities. You should avoid public places where there are large gatherings of people. Do stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe. You should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
Singaporeans are strongly encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/
. Those in need of consular assistance may contact the Honorary Consulate - General in Colombo at +94-11-5577300, +94-11-230444, +94-11-5577111 or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours) at +65 6379 8800 /+65 6379 8855.
Safety and Security
Violent crime occurs in areas frequented by tourists. Foreigners may be targets of drink spiking, sexual assault, and theft. Be aware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Avoid walking alone at night.
The risk of terrorist activity still exists, especially in places of worship, tourist locations and airports. While security has been stepped up in these areas, Singaporeans travelling to Sri Lanka are advised to avoid crowded public places, large gatherings, and demonstrations.
Due to continued tensions and unrest, the military maintains a presence in the north and east of Sri Lanka. Travel restrictions may be imposed, along with roadblocks and curfews. Comply with the instructions of the local authorities. Carry identification with you at all times.
Credit card fraud is prevalent. Keep your credit card in sight when performing transactions and check for card skimming devices on ATMs.
Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances.
Smoking and drinking in public places should generally be avoided. Comply with local practices and advice.
There are strict laws regarding Buddhist images and artefacts. It is illegal to pose for a photo next to a statue of Buddha. Buddhist images should not be used on tattoos, jewellery, or clothing. It is illegal to export artefacts and antiques without the necessary approval.
General Travel Advice
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:
- 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.
- 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.