MFA urges Singaporeans travelling to Bangladesh to exercise caution in latest travel notice

A rickshaw cycling past a banner near the site of the Dhaka cafe attack.
A rickshaw cycling past a banner near the site of the Dhaka cafe attack.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised Singaporeans travelling to or already in Bangladesh to remain vigilant in the wake of the terrorist attack on a cafe earlier this month.

They are strongly advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, MFA said in its latest travel notice on Wednesday (July 27).

These include monitoring the news closely and heeding the instructions of local authorities.

Singaporeans should also, where possible, avoid public gatherings, crowded places and locations popular with foreigners, as well as purchase comprehensive travel insurance.

An attack by terrorist group ISIS on a cafe in Dhaka on July 1 claimed the lives of 20 hostages, most of whom were foreigners.

Another nine people were killed - two police officers, a chef and chef's assistant at the cafe and five gunmen, who were involved in a stand-off with the authorities.

MFA encourages Singaporeans to eRegister with it at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/.

Those in need of urgent consular assistance can contact the Singapore Consulate in Dhaka or the MFA duty office at:

Consulate of the Republic of Singapore in Bangladesh (Dhaka)

Ventura Avenue
(5th floor), 8/B Gulshan Avenue

Bir Uttam Mir Shawkat Sharak,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2-988 0404
Fax: +880-2-988 3666
E-mail: singcon_dha@mfa.sg

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)

Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Tel: +65 6379 8800/ 8855
E-mail: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg