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12.10.2020 - Article

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

When meeting certain conditions, unmarried partners are permitted to enter Germany for short-term visits from third countries. More information in the Frequently Asked Questions of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Along with other relevant documents please submit the following declaration of your relationship:

* entry into Germany for unmarried partners: Declaration of the relationship or
* joint entry of unmarried couples: Declaration of the relationship

Last verified on 1. Oktober 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

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

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 consular@sing.auswaertiges-amt.de 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
Email: consular@sing.auswaertiges-amt.de
and explain why you belong to one of the categories of individuals who are allowed to enter Germany.

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

'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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