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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

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:

  • Masks. Individuals must wear a mask (FFP2 standard or equivalent) on any means of public transport, including taxis.
  • *Contact restrictions. Members of a household are allowed to meet one other person from outside the household, whether in public or private spaces. Gatherings with more people are not permitted.
  • *Curfew. Between 10pm and 5am daily, individuals will only be permitted to leave their homes if they have a good reason (e.g. going to or from work, or seeking medical assistance). Sports activities are allowed alone until 12 midnight.
  • Restrictions on retail restrictions. Shops providing food, everyday essentials, and “existentially important services” may remain open, even when incidence rates are high. Restaurants and bar may only offer takeaway and delivery services. As long as the incidence of new infections remains under 150 per 100,000 inhabitants, all other shops will be allowed to offer customers appointments to shop, provided they *present a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Restrictions on personal services. Only services for medical or nursing purposes, including therapy and pastoral care, are permitted. Hairdressers and pedicurists are an exception, but clients must *present a negative COVID-19 test result of the day of their appointment. The wearing of masks is mandatory. No other personal services are permitted.
  • Restrictions on leisure and sporting activities. Hotels, the hospitality sector, leisure facilities, and cultural facilities are to close, with the exception of zoological and botanical gardens. Visitors will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result. All individuals can engage in sporting activities, *but only alone, with one another person, or with members of their own household, and not after 12 midnight. Children up to the age of 14 will be allowed to engage in non-contact sports outdoors, with up to five other children.

* 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

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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 [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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