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Travel Advisory for Taal Island, Philippines

13 January 2020
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has reported increasing levels of volcanic unrest of Taal Volcano on 12 January 2020. As of 7.30pm, PHIVOLCS has raised an alert level of 4 out of 5 levels (hazardous eruption imminent) for Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. PHIVOLCS has recommended that all residents within a 14-kilometer radius from Taal Main Crater be evacuated. Areas in the general north of Taal Volcano are also advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ash fall.

Given these developments, Singaporeans are advised to defer travel to the affected area. Those currently in the vicinity are advised to closely monitor local news, take necessary precautions for your personal safety and heed the instructions of local authorities. You should check with your airlines or travel agent for up-to-date information on flight disruptions. Singaporeans who have not eRegistered with MFA are strongly encouraged to do so at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg. You are advised to stay in close touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe. If you require consular assistance, you can contact the Singapore Embassy in Philippines or the MFA Duty Office (24hrs) at:

 

Singapore Embassy in Philippines
505 Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +63 2 8856 9922
Emergency Telephone: +63 917 860 4740
Email: 
singemb_mnl@mfa.sg

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65 6379 8800 / 8855
Email: 
mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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[Updated] Travel Notice for Mindanao, Philippines

06 January 2020
The Philippine government declared Martial Law on the entire island of Mindanao on 23 May 2017 following clashes between government forces and a terrorist group in Marawi City. As of 1 January 2020, Martial Law on Mindanao has expired, but according to the Philippine authorities, Mindanao remains under a state of national emergency and security forces will remain in the area to maintain peace and stability.

Notwithstanding the lifting of Martial Law, travellers should note that there have been sporadic security incidents in the past year such as the January 2019 Jolo Cathedral bombings in Sulu; suicide bombing attacks in June, September and November 2019 in Sulu; as well as a grenade attack in Cotabato City and IED explosions in Libungan in December 2019.

 

Singaporeans travelling to or residing in the affected areas of Mindanao are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and heeding the instructions of the local authorities.  Singaporeans should remain vigilant and where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where there are ongoing police or security operations.  Singaporeans should also purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.  Singaporeans are encouraged to e-register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so that they can be contacted should the need arise.  Singaporeans are also advised to stay in touch with their families and friends so that they know you are safe.  Those in need of urgent consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Manila or the 24-hour Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office.

 

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in the Philipppines

505 Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Tel: +63 2 8856 9922

Emergency Tel (after hours): +63 917 860 4740

Email: singemb_mnl@mfa.sg

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hour)

Tangling, Singapore 248163

Tel: +65 6379 8800; +65 6379 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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