Situation in Germany - travel restrictions and quarantine measures
In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the European Commission has recommended travel restrictions for all non-essential travel to the EU from third countries. Germany will implement these recommendations. There are, however, persons who are exempted from these travel restrictions. You can find the details here: Information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations
Last verified on 3 July 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.
- Information for persons entering Germany by the Federal Ministry of Health in connection with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: Federal Ministry of Health
- Coronavirus and entry restrictions: 6 things travellers to Germany need to know
- An overview of competent federal state authorities can be found here: Overview
- Your locally competent public health office (Gesundheitsamt) can be found online here
- A useful of collection links and Information in English on the Covid-19 Pandemic in Germany is available on the website of the Commissioner for Integration of the Federal Government
Situation in Singapore - travel restrictions and quarantine measures
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. When returning to Singapore after a previous stay in the past 14 days in Germany, the Stay-Home-Notice can now (as as of 25 June 2020) be observed ‚at home’ (see Changes to Stay-Home Notice). This measure is independent of the nationality of the people returning. Please note that the the return trip can only take place with prior approval by the Ministry of Manpower. The continuation of this regulation was confirmed to us by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and ICA on July 7, 2020 - contrary to the documents on the website of relevant Singaporean authorities.
Also note: Due to numerous inquiries and to avoid unpleasant surprises, we would like to point out that this only applies if the return trip from Germany to Singapore takes place either directly or via one of the countries listed on the website of the Immigtration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA): ICA
Stays in transit in other countries are considered “travel history” and therefore do not qualify for the stay home notice being rendered in one's own home. The Singaporean government has explicitly pointed this out to us!.
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
On 18 June 2020, 2359 hours, Singapore has moved into Phase Two of the re-opening. Measures have been eased and many activities can resume. They include, among others, allowing sociall gatherings of up to 5 people, opening of retail businesses, and personal health and Wellness activities. For further details and information, you can refer to the Website of the Singaporean government or this message by the 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 until further notice. Please arrange an appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (6533 6002), and please state your name, contact data, the purpose of your visit, and give us, if possible, a few dates and times which would be suitable for you. For witnessing of signatures, the online appointment booking system on the Embassy’s website remains operative.
Appointments that have already been arranged remain valid.
Visa applications are, until further notice, accepted only in those cases where individuals may still enter Germany under the current restrictive regulations. These cases are exceptional and cover, in particular, urgent and compelling family matters. If you think you qualify, please arrange an appointment with the consular section:
Telephone: 6533 6002 or
and explain why you belong to one of the categories of individuals who are allowed to enter Germany.
'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.