MFA advises Singaporeans in or heading to France on safety as state of emergency extends

People at the Trocadero fountains in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris as summer temperature raises, on July 19, 2016.
People at the Trocadero fountains in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris as summer temperature raises, on July 19, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans travelling to or residing in France to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the local news and following the instructions of local authorities.

This comes after France extended its state of emergency until Jan 26, 2017, following the Nice terror attack on July 14.

Enhanced security measures are in place across the country, including increased police surveillance of popular public areas and restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles.

In an advisory on its website, the MFA said Singaporeans should remain vigilant and, where possible, avoid crowded places, public gatherings, and areas where police operations are ongoing.

The MFA also advised Singaporeans to obtain comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

An official mobile app named SAIP (or Système d'alerte et d'information des populations in French) by the French Interior Ministry, provides latest information in English and French when there are disruptions.

Advice from the French government on what to do in emergencies can also be found at http://www.gouvernement.fr/en/infographics.

Singaporeans are encouraged to e-register themselves with the MFA at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/ so they can be contacted in emergencies.