MFA urges Singaporeans to avoid non-essential travel to North Korea

A group of tourists bowing before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on July 23, 2017.
A group of tourists bowing before statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on July 23, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have been urged to avoid all non-essential travel to North Korea, in the light of recent developments and the unpredictable situation arising from the country's actions.

In a travel advisory posted on its website on Wednesday (Sept 6) morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) highlighted that Singapore has no diplomatic representation in North Korea.

This constrains its ability to extend consular assistance to Singaporeans who travel there, it added.

Those in need of advice or urgent consular assistance can contact MFA's 24-hour duty office on 6379-8800 and 6379-8855, or e-mail mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg.

North Korea conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test on Sunday, prompting condemnation from countries across the world.

It claimed to have tested an advanced hydrogen missile for a long-range missile.

The United States is pushing for the United Nations (UN) Security Council to vote on a fresh round of trade sanctions on North Korea, with its UN ambassador Nikki Haley accusing leader Kim Jong Un of "begging for war".

In its riposte on Tuesday, Pyongyang warned the US to expect "more gift packages" should President Donald Trump and his government continue to rely on "reckless provocations and futile attempts to put pressure" on North Korea.