Before you go
Buy comprehensive travel insurance that also covers acts of terrorism and war. Review the terms and conditions, and be clear about the coverage. For instance, if you decide to cancel your trip because a terror act has occurred at the destination before your vacation begins, check if the insurer will reimburse you for any non-refundable travel expenses.
Register overseas travel with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) which has a free e-Register service (https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg). The MFA can contact or assist Singapore citizens in an emergency.
Know the location of safe havens, such as police stations and hospitals, and list their telephone numbers. Singaporeans who need emergency consular assistance can call the 24-hour Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65-63798800/8855, e-mail email@example.com, or contact the nearest Singapore overseas mission.
Share your itinerary with family and friends, and stay in touch with them when you travel.
Look up travel notices issued by the MFA at this web page: (https://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/consular_information/for_singapore_citizens/travel_notices.html).
The US State Department has dossiers on every country on its website (http://www.state.gov/) and its Smart Traveler app, downloadable for free from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, has up-to-the- minute travel warnings and alerts that are useful, if American-centric.
Use search terms such as “safe travel” to find such free apps with a focus on security, including Emergency Call (call for the police, ambulance and fire service anywhere in the world) and Safeture (real-time travel alerts, with a feature to let friends know your real-time trail).
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