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Travel Advisory for Ukraine

13 February 2022

Tensions have continued to heighten in Ukraine and the surrounding region. In view of the current situation, Singaporeans in Ukraine are advised to leave the country as soon as possible via commercial means while it is still possible to do so. There is no guarantee that MFA will be in a position to assist Singaporeans’ departure if conflict occurs. Singapore does not have a diplomatic mission in Ukraine. Singaporeans who are still in Ukraine should immediately e-register with MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg if they have not done so. Those who require consular assistance can contact the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)

Tel: +65 6379 8800/6379 8855

Fax: +65 6476 7302

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Travel Advisory for Ukraine

26 January 2022

In view of the escalating tensions and evolving situation with regard to Ukraine and its surrounding region, MFA advises Singaporeans to defer all travel to Ukraine. Singaporeans who are in Ukraine are strongly advised to remain vigilant and monitor local news closely. They should take necessary precautions for their personal safety, and eRegister with MFA immediately at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg if they have not done so. Singapore has no diplomatic presence in Ukraine. Singaporeans in Ukraine who require consular assistance should contact the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)

Tel: +65 6379 8800/6379 8855

Fax: +65 6476 7302

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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website and SafeTravel 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. 

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On 28 September 2020, Ukraine lifted the temporary entry restrictions for foreigners and stateless persons traveling to or through Ukraine. Travellers are now permitted to cross the border into Ukraine provided they have an insurance policy certificate issued by a Ukraine-registered insurance company, or a foreign insurance company with an office in Ukraine or a contractual partnership with one of the Ukraine registered insurance companies. The insurance policy must cover the potential costs of COVID-19 treatments, observation, and be valid for the period of the intended stay in Ukraine.

Visitors entering Ukraine from countries with high numbers of COVID-19 cases will be required to self-isolate on arrival. The list of countries considered to have high-numbers of COVID-19 cases can be found at https://www.moz.gov.ua.

Persons who self-isolate after entering Ukraine must also install and activate the appropriate mobile phone app. Those who cannot do so will be subject to observation.

Visitors wishing to enter Ukraine can now apply for an e-visa, which can be issued for a single or a double entry into Ukraine, and allow holders to stay for up to 30 days where the purpose of the trip is business / private visit / tourism / medical treatment / cultural, scientific, educational or sports activities / foreign mass media staff visit. To apply for the e-visa, please visit the web-platform: https://evisa.mfa.gov.ua

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Singaporeans travelling to or already in Ukraine should take the necessary precautions for their personal safety, heed the instructions of the local authorities, and closely monitor the local news. Singaporeans should remain vigilant and exercise increased caution such as avoiding public gatherings and crowded places. They should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

Singaporeans can obtain electronic visas (e-visa) which are valid for 30 days.

 

Singaporeans can also obtain visa-on-arrival for a stay of up to 15 days at Boryspil and Odesa international airports if they meet the following criteria:

- diplomatic / official passport holders visiting at the invitation of Ukraine’s state authorities;

- visitors who intend to enter Ukraine in order to render assistance in eliminating the aftermath of an emergency/accident in Ukraine;

- visitors who intend to enter Ukraine for urgent medical treatment or participation in the burial of a close relative in Ukraine; or

- pilots and other aircraft crew members carrying out international flights (with pilot’s license or a Flight Crew Member Certificate issued in line with the Convention on International Civil Aviation).

 

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the Embassy of Ukraine in Singapore (http://singapore.mfa.gov.ua/en) for the latest information.

Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in Ukraine due to the unpredictable security situation across the country and threat of terrorist attacks.

Petty and violent crime, including robberies, pickpocketing and drink-spiking, occur regularly in Ukraine. Be aware of your surroundings and take measures to protect your personal security. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing jewellery. Avoid travelling alone, especially after dark.

Protests do occasionally take place. Exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

Be vigilant when using ATMs in public places. Check for card skimming devices at ATMs as there have been instances of credit card and ATM fraud. Ensure that credit card charges are accurate before signing, keep all receipts, and verify against your credit card statements.

It is a customs regulation to declare cash and jewellery upon arrival in Ukraine.

It is a requirement to carry identification at all times.

Smoking and consumption of alcohol in public places are prohibited.

It is illegal to take photos of or near military and government establishments.

Driving: Local driving conditions are often poor. Streets are dimly-lit, and speed limits, traffic lights and road signs often ignored. Exercise extra caution while driving.

There are risks of measles infection and tick-borne encephalitis, a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.

Chernobyl is open to tourism but is still radioactive due to the nuclear accident. Adhere to all safety instructions from your tour operator and local authorities.

Bush and forest fires may break out in eastern and southern Ukraine. Monitor developments through the local news and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

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:

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 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.

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