Entry and Exit
All airports will be closed to all inbound international commercial passenger flights (i.e. arrivals) until further notice.
Sri Lanka has lifted its lockdown and curfew measures but the government has urged people to adhere to all anti-virus guidelines. State and private sector works can resume work for a limited number of employees. Public transportation is functioning as per normal.
Foreign nationals who are in Sri Lanka may contact the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka regarding the extension of the validity of their visas via their website at www.immigration.gov.lk or by phone at 94-11-5329000.
More information on the COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka can be found at https://srilanka.travel/covid19/.
You may also wish to refer to the website of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Relations, at https://www.mfa.gov.lk, and the Sri Lankan government’s official news portal at https://www.news.lk, for information on entry restrictions. As entry restrictions may change at short notice, we advise you to contact the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.
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.
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.