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22.01.2021 - Article

Reciprocal Green Lane travel from Singapore to Germany – Open for Applications

Applications for the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) Arrangement that enables essential travel for business and official purposes between Singapore and Germany can be handed in via the Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce for travel from Singapore to Germany and via the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore for travel from Germany to Singapore. Please visit the respective websites for detailed application procedures and processes.

The RGL will apply to direct flights between the two countries. Participants will have to abide by Covid-19 prevention and public health measures. Among others, participants will be subject to increased testing. Holders of the safe travel pass will also have to adhere to their itineraries and keep their contacts during their trip to a minimum. For business travels from Singapore to Germany, the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) will issue the necessary “Safe Travel Pass”.

Website of the Singaporean-German Chamber of Commerce: https://www.sgc.org.sg/

Website of the  Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/germany/rgl/terms-and-conditions

Situation in Germany - travel restrictions and quarantine measures

As of October 27th, 2020, Germany has lifted all entry restrictions for people living in Singapore.

Please note: Due to ongoing measures to prevent a further pandemic spread within Germany, that include the restriction to stay in hotels or tourism travel within Germany, your travel purpose might not always be feasible. Therefore, please check prior to departure in order to make sure that you are able to reasonably prove your travel purpose when entering Germany.

Information on entry to Germany and quarantine regulations

Last verified on 7. December 2020: Singapore is not a risk area, so there is no quarantine required after entry. The Robert Koch Institute publishes a continuously updated list of risk areas: Risk area

Kindly also consult the website of the specific German federal state to which you are travelling or in which you have your residence or intend to stay for more details, as rules may vary from state to state.

Further links:

Situation in Singapore - travel restrictions and quarantine measures

Important update: Currently, short-term visitors entering Singapore under the Air Travel Pass (ATP) and Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGLs) are required to bear the full costs of medical treatment, should they be suspected of being infected with COVID-19 or require medical treatment for COVID-19 while in Singapore. With effect from 31 January 2021, 2359 hours, visitors applying to enter Singapore under the ATP and RGLs will need to have travel insurance for their COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000. The travel insurance will help them pay for the costs of their medical treatment in Singapore. The visitors can purchase the travel insurance from Singapore-based or overseas insurers. A list of available insurance products can be found at the SafeTravel Website

All inbound travellers who are non-SCs/PRs will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure. The test result must be in English and from recognised laboratories. It must contain the following details: Date the test was taken and particulars of traveller as indicated in the passport (Name, Date of Birth, nationality and passport number).

Until further notice, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. Since early June, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has started to issue permits to airlines for transit flights via Singapore. Please get in touch with your airline to confirm whether the necessary preconditions for transiting at Singapore-Changi airport have already been met. Furthermore, work pass holders and their dependents can return to Singapore only if they work in essential service sectors, such as transport and healthcare (prior approval to be obtained from Singaporean Ministry of Manpower). Similar restrictions for a prior approval to reenter apply to longterm passholders (prior approval to be obtained from the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. They should under no circumstances undertake travel to Singapore without this approval.

Until further notice all persons returning to Singapore and who are not denied entry will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home-Notice (SHN). This applies also to incoming travelers from Germany with recent travel history – including transit – in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry. These measures are being constantly reviewed by the Singapore government.

In addition, they must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. They can do so in advance by using an app provided on the website of the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority or via their website: Immigration and Checkpoints Authority  

Furthermore, with effect from 10 August 2020, 2359hrs, all incoming travellers, including Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents, Long-Term Pass holders, Work Pass holders  and their dependants, entering Singapore who are serving their stay-home-notice (SHN) outside of SHN dedicated facilities (SDFs) will need to don an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14-day SHN. Those aged 12 and below will be exempted from this requirement.

Those travellers serving their SHN at their place of residence will be issued with an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoints, after immigration clearance.

As part of its measures to reduce the risk of further spreading of Covid-19, the Singaporean government has advised to defer all travel abroad. Travel restrictions and measures taken to fight Covid-19 that have to adhered to by all persons staying in Singapore As Singapore's measures will be adjusted according to the evolving global Situation, residents of Singapore should check regularly for updates: Updates on border control measures in response to COVID-19

Since 28 December 2020, Singapore has moved into Phase Three of the re-opening. Measures have been further eased. They include, among others, allowing social gatherings of up to 8 people, more customers at the same time in retail businesses, more people attending congregational and other worship services (up to 250 persons).  Phase 3 of reopening could last for a year or longer.

For further details and information, you can refer to the Website of the Singaporean government or this Ministry of Health of Singapore.

Consular services by the Embassy during Covid-19 pandemic

Access to the consular section of the German Embassy will be upon appointment only. Please arrange an appointment via the online appointment booking system on the Embassy’s website.

For information regarding visa applications, please refer here.

Direct travel connections from and to Germany

Several commercial airlines offer travel from and to Europe. Direct flights are currently operated by Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. Please inquire in any case at your airline about short-term changes etc..

Lufthansa: https://lufthansa.lhg-infohub.com/

Singapore Airlines: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/

Transit at Changi-airport Singapore: https://www.changiairport.com/en/airport-guide/transit.html

Travel Restrictions: https://www.sitata.com/en

E-flyer by Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines with essential information for travelers who are planning a trip to Germany: E-flyer 

'Fake News' - disinformation on Covid-19 pandemic

Do not spread 'fake news' or rumours. This causes insecurity among your fellow people. Let us react calmly and trust each other in these challenging times.

The Singaporean Ministry of Health regularly updates its website on rumours and false information circulating in Singapore.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) also offers facts on the most common disinformation on ist website. Check their myth busters here.

A Task force of the European External Action Service also offers regular updates on misinformation on the Covid-19 pandemic on its website.

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