UPDATES FROM THE HIGH COMMISSION OF CANADA IN SINGAPORE (20 MARCH 2020)

TRAVEL ADVISORY: The Government of Canada has issued a global travel advisory advising all Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Many countries, including Singapore, have put in place travel restrictions, or other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines. New travel restrictions may be imposed with little warning, and you may be forced to remain outside of Canada for longer than expected. Canadians who are outside of Canada should find out what commercial options are still available to return to Canada and should consider returning earlier than planned if these options are becoming more limited. For more information see this link. For information on the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program For Canadians Abroad, see this link.

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS: Please be advised that new entry restrictions for non-Canadians and non-Permanent Residents are now in effect. Canadians exhibiting symptoms may be denied boarding by their airline. In addition, Canadian Public Health Authorities are recommending that all travellers entering Canada self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Canada from outside of the country.  If you feel sick during your flight to Canada or upon arrival, it is very important that you inform the flight attendant or a Canadian Border Services Officer. For more information see this link.

Both the Government of Canada and the Government of Singapore continue to provide latest information on the situation through official government websites (links provided below). We encourage Canadians to stay informed, and to refer to official government channels as the most reliable source of up-to-date information.

For the latest local information provided by the Government of Singapore, please refer to the Ministry of Health website at and subscribe to Singapore’s Gov.sg WhatsApp messaging service which provides useful updates. Please stay informed of Singapore’s latest travel restrictions, which include Stay at Home Notices for all travellers entering from outside the country, and other measures.

In addition, we continue to encourage Canadians in Singapore to take the following measures:

–          Register as soon as possible online with Global Affairs Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service, so that we can contact and assist you in an emergency abroad. Your registration with us will also enable us to inform you as required on developments, recommended actions, or services available, in relation to an emergency situation. If you had previously registered but are no longer in Singapore, please send an email to roca@international.gc.ca.

–          Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should call the High Commission (+65 6854 5900) during office hours, or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).  An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

–          Stay connected with the latest Government of Canada travel advice and advisories, via the web our mobile TravelSmart application and our RSS feeds. For Covid-19-related travel advice, please visit this site.

–          Follow the Government of Canada’s travel advice online: on Twitter or Facebook.

–          Follow the High Commission of Canada in Singapore for targeted advice and updates for Canadians in Singapore: Twitter – @CanHCSingapore; Facebook – @CanadainSingapore

For more information on the Government of Canada’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, you may wish to refer to this site.

We would appreciate your assistance in conveying this message to all other Canadians you are in contact with in Singapore, to help us ensure the broadest possible dissemination of this important message.