Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory
Singapore has implemented SafeTravel Lanes to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Travellers should refer to the ICA SafeTravel website for the latest information on travelling to/from or transiting through Singapore. Residents of Singapore intending to depart Singapore are strongly advised to check the latest MOH Travel Advisory for outbound travel. For the latest updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please refer to the MOH website at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
Germany classifies Singapore as a “high-risk area”, according to the list of designated international risk areas published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
With effect from 24 October 2021, all travellers from Singapore who wish to enter Germany are required to complete a digital registration at www.einresideanmeldung.de before arriving in Germany and carry proof of the registration with them upon entry.
All individuals aged 12 years or older travelling to Germany by air must also hold proof of one of the following before entering Germany. The proof must be presented to the airline before departure from Singapore, and can be requested by the relevant German authorities up to ten days after arrival in Germany. [Note: Transiting in Germany without leaving the international transit area of an airport does not constitute an entry into Germany. As such, the documents below would not be required.]
(a) Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. A negative COVID-19 nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g. PCR or PoC-PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Germany, or a negative antigen rapid test (ART) taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry into Germany. The result must be in English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish. Further details on the recognition of tests are available on the Robert Koch Institute website.
(b) Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of vaccination (i.e. both doses) against COVID-19 in English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish in digital or paper form (e.g. WHO vaccination booklet). The full list of recognised vaccines, which includes the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines currently administered in Singapore, is available on the Paul Ehrlich Institute website. A period of at least 14 days must have elapsed since receiving the last vaccine dose.
(c) Proof of recovery from a COVID-19 infection. A positive PCR test result carried out no less than 28 days, but not more than six months previously.
Travellers from Singapore entering Germany on the basis of (a) above, i.e. those who are not vaccinated or recovered, are required to undergo quarantine for ten days. They must proceed directly to their hotel or residence following entry into Germany and self-isolate there. During the quarantine period, these travellers may not leave their houses or hotel rooms or receive guests. The quarantine period can end after the submission of a negative COVID-19 test result, based on a test carried out no earlier than five days after entry into Germany, via the digital registration portal (www.einreiseanmeldung.de). Children under the age of 12 are required to undergo five days of quarantine, rather than ten.
Travellers from Singapore entering Germany on the basis of (b) or (c) above, i.e. those who are vaccinated or recovered, are exempted from the requirement to undergo quarantine when entering Germany. To qualify for the exemption, these travellers must upload proof of vaccination or recovery when prompted at the end of their registration via the digital registration portal (www.einreiseanmeldung.de). These travellers are also not required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test.
Visa requirements and border procedures continue to apply; please see “Entry and Exit” section below. Kindly contact the German Embassy in Singapore for the latest updates on requirements for entry into Germany, including entry/travel restrictions, forms of proof of testing/vaccination/recovery accepted by the German authorities, and prevailing health measures.
Domestic COVID-19 Safe Management Measures
Specific COVID-19 measures could vary between federal states and cities. Please note additional local COVID-19 measures on top of national measures, and check the website of the specific federal state and/or city that you are travelling to.
In general, the various German federal states require individuals to wear face masks (i.e. surgical/KN95/N95/FFP2 masks) while shopping indoors, as well as on local public transport. According to Germany’s Infection Protection Act, for districts or towns where the seven-day incidence of new COVID-19 infections exceeds 100 per 100,000 inhabitants over three consecutive days, the lockdown measures will include the following:
* As of 9 May 2021, individuals who (a) have been vaccinated against COVID-19; or (b) have recovered from a COVID-19 infection will be exempt from restrictions marked with an asterisk (*). Please see above for guidelines on appropriate proof of vaccination and/or past infection. The German government nevertheless requires individuals who have been tested/vaccinated/recovered to continue wearing a face mask and adhering to prevailing social distancing guidelines.
Please visit the following websites for further details on the latest COVID-19 measures and entry restrictions applicable to travel to Germany:
German Federal Foreign Office - Information on entry restrictions, testing, and quarantine regulations in Germany
German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community – Frequently asked questions related to travel restrictions/border control measures
German Federal Ministry of Health – Current information for travellers
German Embassy in Singapore – Information on entry into Germany, and quarantine regulations