Covid-19 - situation in Germany and Singapore

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25.05.2020 - Article

Situation in Germany - travel restrictions and quarantine measures

A temporary restriction of non-essential travel from third countries including Singapore into the EU area has been in place since 17 March and Germany will continue to apply the travel restrictions in the Schengen area until 15 June 2020. It does not apply to German nationals.

The temporary travel restriction foresees exemptions for nationals of all EU Member States and Schengen Associated States, for the purposes of returning to their homes. Exceptions are also foreseen for travellers with an essential function or need.

Press release by the Federal Ministry of Interior: Temporary Restriction on Non-Essential Travel to Germany

Information by the German Foreign Service on Temporary Restriction on Non-Essential Travel to the EU

Travellers entering or returning to Germany after an absence of more than one day will be required to pass a two-weeks mandatory quarantine at home for two weeks. The Länder are responsiblefor ordering the quarantine measures and implementing the decision. Please get in touch with your local public health authorities (Gesundheitsamt) in Germany for more details and exceptions.

The proposed draft decree allows for exceptions for the following Groups if no COVID-19 symptoms are given:

- Activities in the areas of Transport, health sector, public security, diplomats, governments, public Administration, EU- and international organisations

- employees and crews of planes, ships, trains and buses that were abroad as part of their professional activties.

- commuters and business travelers

- armed Forces and police

- seasonal workers

Press release by the Federal Ministry of Interior Quarantine measures for travellers entering Germany from abroad

Coronavirus: 5 things travelers to Germany should know (Federal Foreign Office)

Frequently asked questions incl. FAQs on travel restrictions  (German Federal Ministry of Interior)

The Commissioner for Integration of the Federal Government has put together this collection of useful links and Information in English on the Covid-19 Pandemic in Germany

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. 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 which will have to be served in Government-designated facilities. 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  

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

The Singapore government has taken these steps in view of the heightened risk of importation of Covid-19 cases into Singapore. More details on the website of the Singaporean Ministry of Health: Singapore Ministry of Health

At least until 1 June, the so-called 'Covid-19 circuit breaker' measures are in force. Some of the tighter circuit breaker measures will progressively be eased from 4 May onwards. They include the ban of social gatherings, require everyone to stay home (exceptions for essential workers etc. apply) and to wear a mask if going out, e.g. for essential groceries. 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 consular@sing.auswaertiges-amt.de) 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.

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