Singaporeans asked to postpone Sri Lanka trips after protesters stormed the presidential palace

Singapore. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an announcement on 10 July asking Singaporeans to defer all their non-essential travel to Sri Lanka. This announcement came a day after protesters rushed to the presidential palace and forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign.

“Singaporeans who are in Sri Lanka are strongly advised to exercise vigilance and take all necessary precautions for their personal safety,” stated the MFA, adding that Singaporeans should avoid public spaces where there are protests, as well as large gatherings. Citizens are also asked to closely monitor the news and follow instructions by local authorities.

For months, Sri Lanka has been dealing with intense inflation, as well as a shortage of basic goods, and lengthy blackouts. In response, thousands of Sri Lankans stormed their president’s home and office. Demonstrations quickly turned violent.

Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa is sent to quit on 13 July. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has also announced that he will step down from his duty and allow an all-party interim government to take over.

Singaporeans who cannot defer their trip to Sri Lanka are advised to invest in comprehensive travel insurance and register with MFA using this link.

MFA eregister website

Singaporeans who need consular assistance can contact Singapore Honorary Consulate-General in Colombo by emailing nawaloka@slt.lk, or contacting the following numbers:

  • +94-11-2304444
  • +94-11-5577300
  • +94-11-5577111

They can also call the 24/7 MFA Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/8855 or email mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg.

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