S'porean travellers to Hong Kong should avoid areas with demonstrations: MFA

S'porean travellers to Hong Kong should avoid areas with demonstrations: MFA
Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014.

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans in Hong Kong should avoid areas where there are demonstrations, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a travel notice posted on its website today.

The Ministry said in its statement that protestors have gathered outside Hong Kong's Government Headquarters since Sep 27, causing disruptions to traffic and public transport services, and closures of some schools and businesses.

It advised Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Hong Kong to monitor the news and developments closely, and to heed the instructions of local authorities.

They should also take all necessary precautions for personal safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Hong Kong are encouraged to eRegister with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg to facilitate contact should the need arise.

Despite the ongoing protests, The Straits Times reported that tours and flights to Hong Kong from Singapore are currently unaffected.

Dynasty Travel told the English daily that they have received a few calls from concerned customers, and is hopeful the protests will wind down in a few days.

Budget airline Jetstar's flights between Singapore and Hong Kong are operating as per normal.

The carrier has also advised passengers leaving Hong Kong to head to the airport earlier than usual in case of road congestion, added The Straits Times.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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