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Ministry of Health (MOH) Public Health Advisory

Please refer to the MOH COVID-19 website for updates on the latest precautionary measures implemented to further reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore. 

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As of 27 October 2020, Germany has lifted all entry restrictions for all Singapore residents, regardless of their nationality or the purpose of their journey. Singapore is classified as a non-risk area, hence travellers arriving from Singapore are not required to undergo quarantine upon arrival in Germany. Visa requirements and border procedures continue to apply; please see “Entry and Exit” section below. Please also note additional COVID-19 local measures on top of national measures, and check the website of the specific federal state and/or city that you are travelling to.

Please note that Germany has currently imposed a partial lockdown. Lockdown measures include:

  • Everyone must wear FFP2, KN95/N95 or surgical masks (other types of masks are not allowed) aboard any public transport, in stores, at work, and at busy outdoor places where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others cannot be maintained at all times.
  • Private gatherings are allowed with only one person who is not from one’s own household.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed in public.
  • Non-essential retailers, restaurants and bars (takeout and delivery may continue), entertainment and cultural facilities, as well as fitness centres are temporarily closed.
  • Overnight accommodation for tourism purposes (i.e. hotels/hostels) is not allowed.
  • For individual districts/counties with high infection rates, the federal states may restrict residents’ movements to a radius of 15 kilometres from one’s place of residence (the exact regulations differ from state to state).

The German government has also advised against undertaking unnecessary trips within and outside of Germany. The lockdown measures are to remain in place until 14 February 2021 for the time being, subject to further decisions by the federal government and states. Please visit the following websites for further details on the latest COVID-19 measures and entry restrictions applicable to travel to Germany:

Germany - Coronavirus and entry restrictions
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/travel-restrictions-border-control/travel-restriction-border-control-list.html

German Embassy in Singapore – Travel Information
https://singapur.diplo.de/sg-en/service/-/2320932

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Singaporeans do not require a visa for visits less than 90 days within a period of six months. For stays longer than 90 days, you are required to apply for specific visas (i.e. with listed purposes such as for study, work, or family reunion), which have a maximum validity of 90 days, prior to travel to Germany. After arriving in Germany, this visa has to be converted into a long-term resident permit based on the total requested length of stay. The conversion can be done at the local Office for Foreigners (sometimes referred as “Aliens’ Office”). Please note that resident permit will not be granted to applicants who enter Germany using the 90-day visa free privilege (i.e. without applying for a specific visa at the German Embassy in their home countries prior to travel) and seek to extend their stay in Germany thereafter. The Office for Foreigners or “Aliens’ Office” will also not grant an extension of the resident permit if the original purpose for the application of the resident permit in Germany has changed. In this case, the applicant has to leave Germany to obtain a new specific visa in his or her home country, and re-apply for a new resident permit when they travel again to Germany thereafter.

As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to contact their travel agent or the Embassy of Germany in Singapore for the latest information. 

 

Singaporeans are advised to exercise normal travel precautions and vigilance in crowded areas.

Germany has strict laws governing the following:

  • Insult of government officials.
  • Bringing into, or taking out of, Germany any literature, music, or paraphernalia that glorifies fascism, the “Nazi past”, or the “Third Reich”.
  • Use of the Nazi salute in Germany.
  • Breach of domestic peace such as trespassing, disturbance of peace in private properties.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol.

Notice: Closure of Honorary Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Stuttgart, Germany

The Honorary Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Stuttgart, Germany is closed until further notice. For consular assistance, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin or the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Singapore in Munich, Germany. The contact details are:

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin

Voßstraße 17, 10117 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany

Tel: +49 (30) 2263 430

Emergency Tel (after office hours): +49 152 2341 2182

Email: singemb_ber@mfa.sg

 

Honorary Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Munich, Germany

Maximilianstraße 32, 80539 Munich, Federal Republic of Germany

Tel: +49 (89) 58801 0380

Email: info@HCSingaporeMunich.de 

Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [13 November 2019]

In view of the upcoming school holidays, Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws and customs restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Singaporeans travelling to and from Malaysia, in particular via the land checkpoints, are reminded to ensure that your passport is presented to a Malaysian immigration officer and stamped correctly before leaving the Malaysian immigration booth. Failure to do so is an immigration offence in Malaysia and the penalties can be severe, including detention, a fine, and a ban from future entry into the country.

In 2019, demonstrations have occurred in several major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities. 

When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.

For those planning to travel, here are some tips:

Before travelling

·  Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.

·  Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.

·  Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.

·  eRegister with us on our website (https://www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.

 

While travelling

·  Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.

·  Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.

·  Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.

·  Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.

In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

Advisory: Email Scams [Updated: 12 May 2016]

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent years of individuals receiving scam emails purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails typically originate from an email address known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance.  The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.

MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously.  Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance.  If you receive such emails from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails before responding to their request.  It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc.  Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails.  Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately.  Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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