Hello. I’m Rafik Mansour, the Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore. What a challenging first quarter of 2020 this has been! As the world fights COVID-19, you should know that the welfare of American citizens is our very top priority at the Embassy here. We all stand ready to assist you and your family during these difficult times.
The U.S. Embassy in Singapore remains open, with appropriate measures in place to protect our visitors and staff, and we continue to provide services for American citizens. We’re available 24/7 to assist with emergencies.
We encourage all U.S. citizens to sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, to receive the latest updates from the Embassy and to help us contact you in an emergency.
The State Department has raised its global travel advisory to Level 4, which advises against any international travel. We understand that some of you might choose to return to the U.S. Please keep in mind that while flights are currently available, many are operating at a reduced capacity, and the situation could change at any time.
We urge all Americans to observe local regulations and follow the Government of Singapore’s guidance. COVID-19 is a challenge we face together. And so now more than ever, we need to show patience, respect, and compassion.
The American community in Singapore is tens of thousands strong. I would like to thank the schools for taking such good care of students, following the guidance of the Government of Singapore, and communicating so well with us parents. I also would like to thank U.S. businesses for your innovation, social responsibility, and commitment to Singapore and the region through thick and thin. And finally, I would like to thank all healthcare workers in this country for your brave, dedicated, and world-class service.
From the American Embassy family to yours, stay safe and healthy.