Officials in multiple countries advise citizens to defer nonessential travel to Singapore as of Feb. 12. Travel disruptions possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 11 Feb 2020 17:40 GMT and is scheduled to expire 25 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel Warnings
  • Location(s): Singapore (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Increased health screenings at airports; possible travel disruptions

Summary
As of early Feb. 12, diplomatic officials in several countries, including Qatar and Kuwait, are advising their citizens to avoid nonessential travel to Singapore. Health officials in South Korea and Israel have issued similar warnings. The warnings are based on concerns over the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country; there have been cases in which foreign nationals have contracted the virus in Singapore and subsequently infected people in other countries. Authorities at multiple countries, including India, have increased health screenings for individuals arriving from Singapore. Additional foreign governments may update their warnings for Singapore as the situation develops.

Increased travel warnings could be a preliminary step before imposing restrictions on individuals traveling from Singapore. In the coming days, and possibly weeks, authorities in countries that have advised citizens to postpone nonessential travel to Singapore may introduce measures limiting, or even banning, the inbound movement of Singaporean nationals and/or people with recent travel history in the country.

Advice
Consult relevant national travel advisories. Confirm flights between Singapore and any country that has warned its citizens to postpone nonessential travel to Singapore. Allow additional time for health screenings at airports. Make allowances for possible travel disruptions.

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