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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

In view of the COVID-19 situation, travellers visiting Germany should be prepared for updates to entry requirements. Please visit the following links for the latest information.

 

German Federal Foreign Office - Information on entry restrictions, testing, and quarantine regulations in Germany

https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

 

German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community – Frequently asked questions related to travel restrictions/border control measures

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

 

German Federal Ministry of Health – Current information for travellers

https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html

 

German Federal Ministry of Health – FAQs on proof for entry into Germany https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/coronavirus/infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html

 

German Embassy in Singapore – Information on entry into Germany, and quarantine regulations

https://singapur.diplo.de/sg-en

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 [Updated on 14 October 2021]

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, customs, and COVID-19 restrictions, including immigration procedures and entry requirements.

Demonstrations do occur in 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 (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

There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas.  These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media 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/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages 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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