Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Singaporeans against travelling to North Korea amid heightened tensions

A North Korea national flag waves in the wind at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 March, 2017
A North Korea national flag waves in the wind at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 March, 2017PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans against travelling to North Korea amid heightened tensions in the region over the country's recent missile tests.

Pyongyang has declared that its firing of four ballistic missiles last week was a dry run for a strike on US bases in Japan. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday (March 17) US military action against the isolated state is an option if the threat escalates. 

"Given recent developments and heightened tensions arising from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Singaporeans planning to visit North Korea at this time should reconsider their travel plans," MFA said in a notice posted on its website on Friday.

"Singapore has no diplomatic representation in North Korea, which constrains our ability to extend consular assistance to Singaporeans who travel there."

The ministry said those who need advice or consular assistance may contact its 24-hour duty office on  +65 6379 8800, +65 6379 8855
or e-mail mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg