MFA reminds Singaporeans to register with consulates and be vigilant when overseas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised travellers to keep abreast of media coverage of local events and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised travellers to keep abreast of media coverage of local events and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE - In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Dhaka, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has reminded Singaporeans travelling overseas to stay vigilant and register with the respective consulates.

Calling on the public to factor recent developments into their travel plans and activities, MFA also advised travellers to keep abreast of media coverage of local events and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.

"Like in Singapore, local authorities in many countries in our immediate region and other parts of the world have raised their level of alertness due to terrorist threats in recent months," MFA said in a travel notice on its website.

It added that caution should be exercised around large gatherings and locations known for demonstrations or disturbances should be avoided.

MFA also advised travellers to:

  • Take all necessary precautions to ensure your personal safety, and remain vigilant and alert to local security developments.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities in an emergency. Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
  • Stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know how to contact you. It will be good to share your travel itinerary with them, and in the event of an emergency, do let them know that you are safe.

Singaporeans travelling abroad are advised to eRegister to be contacted by MFA should the need arise.

They can also locate the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.

In the event that Singaporeans overseas require emergency consular assistance, they can call the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at +65-63798800/8855, email at mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg, or get in touch with the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.