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Corona in Singapore: All information about the situation on site. Is a vacation possible? What is the number of Covid19 cases? Information on entry, restrictions, curfew.

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Update: 05/10/2021 - Singapore had its first Covid19 cases early on. With contact tracing and quarantine it was possible to prevent the spread. Singapore was seen as a model for success. But then the numbers rose sharply and Singapore had the highest number of detected infections in Southeast Asia for a few weeks. Meanwhile, however, the spread seems to be under control again. Since March 23, tourists are no longer allowed to enter the country.

It is still unclear when sights such as Chinatown or Little India can be visited again by foreign tourists.

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Are you also interested in other countries? Here is the overview of Corona in Southeast Asia.

Coronavirus Singapore: Cases & Infection Numbers

Status on May 10th, 2021:

  • 61,359 proven cases (+ 28 compared to the previous day)
  • 60,933 have recovered
  • 31 deaths

Source: CSIS South East Asia Covid19-Tracker

Coronavirus Singapore: Vaccinations

Percentage of those vaccinated in relation to the total population (at least one vaccination):

Coronavirus: Visa and Entry to Singapore (Changes and Restrictions)

From March 24 to June 2, 2020, the Singapore government banned all visiting travelers from entering and passing through Singapore. This meant that Singapore was no longer just a travel destination, but also a transit airport. Since June 2nd, transit has been possible again subject to certain conditions.

A Singapore tourist visa is not currently issued.

Since June 18, entry requirements have been made easier in some places. For tourists from Germany or the EU, nothing will change for the time being, as short visits are no longer allowed.

However, if you have a long-term pass, you can re-enter Singapore under strict conditions. However, prior approval from the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) or the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is required. Responsibility depends on the type of residence permit.

Since 11/17/2020, 11:59 p.m., all travelers, with the exception of Singapore citizens and permanent residents, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test when entering Singapore. This test must not be older than 72 hours at the time of departure. The test result must be in English and created by a recognized laboratory. It must contain the following information: the date of the test and information about the traveler as stated in the passport (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number).

All arriving travelers must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test. In addition, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

It is easiest for travelers who have stayed in one of the following countries in the two weeks before:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Japan
  • Macau
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

They can spend the quarantine in a place of residence that belongs to them or their family members or from which they are the sole tenant, or in suitable accommodation, such as a hotel.

Travelers who have previously been to other countries must spend 14 days in a state quarantine facility. The cost is SGD 2,000 (approx. € 1,230). This requirement has also been valid for travelers from Germany since August 15, 2020.

A second Covid19 test is carried out before the quarantine is completed.

Update 1: On September 1st, 2020, Singapore opened the border for travelers from Brunei and New Zealand. Anyone who was in these states in the last 14 days before entering the country only needs to take a corona test and no longer in quarantine (unless the test is positive).

Travelers from Australia (excluding the state of Victoria), Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia only have to stay at home in their accommodation for seven (instead of 14) days after entering the country.

However, it is not yet clear whether this also includes short visits / tourist trips. The official announcements have to be awaited in the next few days.

Update 2: Entrants who go into private quarantine have had to wear an electronic monitoring device since August 11, 2020.

Prior approval is also required for long-term residence permit holders to enter the country. There is detailed information on this on the following pages:

It is currently not possible for short-term visitors to enter Singapore, with the exception of those entering under the Green / Fast Lane arrangements (currently China and Malaysia) or with special prior authorization.

Air traffic to Singapore

Even if entry into Singapore is not possible for foreigners, there are still at least some flight connections from Changi Airport to leave Singapore. There are also flights to Europe.

According to the Federal Foreign Office, transit is currently only possible on selected routes operated by Singapore Airlines, Scoot and Silk Air.

In transit, the departure and arrival airports must be on this list. In addition to Frankfurt and Zurich, there are also destinations in five Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam).

As part of the Green Lane agreement between the two countries, Air Asia resumed air traffic between Singapore and Malaysia on August 17th.

National borders

The border between Malaysia and Singapore opened for business and commuters on August 17, 2020. However, there is a limit of a good 2,000 people per day.

Corona in Singapore: Information on the current situation in the country

Curfews

As part of the “circuit breaker” measures to contain Covid19, there was no curfew, but meetings with other people who do not belong to your own household were prohibited. There was also a general request to stay at home.

In the meantime, the measures have been relaxed.

Public life

On April 7th, 2020 all non-essential shops had to close. Supermarkets and banks, for example, were excluded. Many restrictions were relaxed on June 2nd and June 18th.

The following facilities are allowed to open: Sports facilities, parks, playgrounds, beaches, stadiums, swimming pools, sports halls, fitness studios, bowling centers and event rooms.

Retail stores can also reopen. The provision of food and drink can also be resumed, provided that the sale and consumption of spirits ceases at 10:30 p.m. The popular hawker centers have reopened, but with stricter hygiene requirements.

Large cultural institutions such as libraries and museums as well as entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke, cinemas and theaters will not open again yet. It is still unclear when the popular sky bars in Singapore will open again.

Major events such as conferences, exhibitions, concerts and trade fairs as well as church services may not take place.

Since June 29, 2020, the schools in Singapore have reopened.

By default, measures should be taken to ensure that people maintain a safety distance of at least one meter at all times.

There is a general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection. When entering and leaving shops, malls, restaurants and service providers, a “Safe-Entry” QR code must be used for registration.

Transport and traffic

Means of transport such as the subway, buses and taxis continue to operate.

Singapore vacation despite Corona?

When can I go on vacation to Singapore again?

It is not yet clear when the entry ban for tourists will be lifted again. After all, since June 18, people with a long-term residence permit have been able to enter the country again. This is not of any use to tourists, but it is still a start.

Many hotels in Singapore are currently also closed. Hotels that receive guests again, however, have to meet numerous requirements.

Meanwhile, there are also initial considerations in Singapore to open the country to travelers from countries with very low infection rates. However, no names have been given yet and a date has not yet been set.

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03/17/2021 Singapore: opening at the end of the year?

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed his hope in a television interview that Singapore will be able to reopen its borders by the end of 2021 or early 2022 at the latest.

"I hope that if a significant part of their populations can be vaccinated in many countries by the end of this year, we can have the confidence and systems developed to open our international borders and travel safely again," Lee told the BBC. Here is the full interview.

 

03/12/2021 Singapore: Test run for digital Corona passport

Singapore Airlines will start testing a digital passport next week. This is an app developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) that stores information about the health of passengers.

This includes information on whether the traveler has taken a corona test and whether he has already been vaccinated. The data collected in the app should make traveling easier as soon as the borders are reopened. Other airlines like Emirates will also test the app.

 

12/14/2020 Singapore: further easing in the city and for business travelers

Due to the progress made in containing the corona pandemic, the third phase of easing will begin in Singapore on December 28, 2020. Among other things, more people will then be able to meet again and the number of permitted visitors to restaurants etc. will also be increased. Live music can also take place again under certain conditions.

From the second half of January, short-term business travelers no longer have to be quarantined when entering Singapore. There will be separate routes for them at the airport and they will then be taken separately from other travelers to special places and accommodations, where they can meet other business people under strict hygienic requirements.

 

11/26/2020 Singapore: Business trips from Germany possible again

As has now become known, Germany and Singapore agreed on the introduction of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) on October 23, 2020 in order to facilitate "essential short-term business and official trips" between the two countries. This will probably apply from November 30th, 2020.

This means that business travelers from Germany can fly back to the city-state, but they have to comply with a number of requirements. For example, the RGL only applies to non-stop flights between the two countries.

In addition, a SafeTravel Pass is required, which must be applied for by either a Singapore-based company or a Singapore government agency. Non-Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders will be refused entry to Singapore without a valid SafeTravel Pass. In addition, the traveler may have to apply for a visa.

Prior to departing for Singapore, health and travel history statements and accommodation details must be submitted electronically.

Measures before departure:

  • the traveler must be exclusively in Germany 14 days prior to departure
  • negative PCR test no more than 72 hours before departure in an accredited test facility

Travelers with symptoms, i.e. feverish or visual signs of an acute respiratory infection, may be refused entry to Singapore.

The following must be presented at the airport in Germany:

  • a valid SafeTravel Pass for the travel date
  • a valid visa to enter Singapore (for travelers who are in possession of a passport that requires a visa to enter Singapore)
  • the certificate of a negative result of the COVID-19-PCR test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure for Singapore
  • a return ticket

Actions after arrival

  • The traveler will undergo another COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore at their own expense.
  • The documents mentioned must be presented again during the immigration control.

The host company or government agency then drives the traveler to the accommodation, where they must remain in isolation until the test result is available. If this is negative, the traveler can continue on the previously declared travel route. It is forbidden to use public transport for this purpose, with the exception of private rental cars / taxis or company transport.

If the test for COVID-19 is positive, the traveler must undergo medical treatment at their own expense.

Contact tracking apps (TraceTogether and SafeEntry) must be used during the entire stay in Singapore.

A similar agreement for Switzerland is not currently planned.

 

11/13/2020 Travel bubble with Hong Kong

From November 22nd, 2020, travel between Singapore and Hong Kong will be possible again. The number of passengers is limited to 200 per day. After entering the country, no Quran is required, but a negative corona test beforehand. Tourist trips are allowed.

Update: After an increase in the number of infections in Hong Kong, the travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong was postponed for an indefinite period shortly before the start.

 

11/11/2020 Singapore: Simplified entry under discussion

At a press conference, Education Minister Lawrence Wong said that if a country with talks about reopening travel has a similar incidence of Covid-19 infections to Singapore, easing the entry requirements is conceivable.

After a Covid19 test, a “stay-home notice” (SHN) could possibly be dispensed with. A shortened SHN of around seven days at home is also conceivable.

However, if the country has a higher infection rate and its travelers are considered to be more risky, the full 14-day SHN must apply.

Travelers from high-risk areas who are not Singapore nationals or permanent residents will also have to have a Covid-19 test 72 hours before their departure.

The risk assessment of the respective countries of origin is adjusted regularly.

 

08/21/2020 Singapore opens its borders to travelers from two countries

Singapore opens the border to travelers from Brunei and New Zealand. Anyone who was in these states in the last 14 days before entering the country only needs to take a corona test and no longer in quarantine (unless the test is positive).

Travelers from Australia (excluding the state of Victoria), Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia only have to stay at home in their accommodation for seven (instead of 14) days after entering the country.

However, it is not yet clear whether this also includes short visits / tourist trips. The official announcements have to be awaited in the next few days.

 

08/21/2020 Transit via Singapore

The list of countries to which it is possible to transit via Singapore is being expanded. With regard to Southeast Asia, this means: After Cambodia (from September 1) and Vietnam, which are already approved for transit flights through Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are also included in the list of approved countries.

It is important that both the starting point and the destination of the flight route are on the approved list. This only applies to individual cities in the respective countries (in Germany: Frankfurt).

In addition, transit at Changi Airport in Singapore is only permitted on flights between airlines in the Singapore Airlines group, but not on flights operated by other airlines. The Singapore Airlines group also includes Scoot and Silk Air.

Here is the list of destinations:

  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh (from 01.09.2020)
  • Indonesia: Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya
  • Malaysia: Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Penang
  • Thailand: Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)
  • Vietnam: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Thus, for example, a flight from Frankfurt via Singapore to Phnom Penh with Sinapore Airlines would be from September 1st. at least possible. However, entry for tourists is not currently permitted in any of the countries mentioned. Visas are usually only issued for business travelers.

 

08/19/2020 Border between Malaysia and Singapore opened at the beginning of the week (for certain groups of people)

On Monday, August 17, 2020, the border between Singapore and Malaysia was opened for important business and official travel as well as for commuters.

Two new regulations have come into force: The mutual green lane (“reciprocal green lane” - RGL) facilitates short-term trips of up to 14 days for business or official purposes.

The periodic commuting arrangement (PCA) allows residents of Singapore and Malaysia who are in possession of a long-term immigration card for business and work purposes in the other country to enter the country for work purposes.

 

08/14/2020 Tighter conditions for travelers from Germany

Starting tomorrow, people with long-term residence permits traveling from Germany to Singapore will no longer be able to spend the 14-day quarantine in their private accommodation or in their self-selected hotel.

Instead, they have to go to a state facility and pay the costs of 2,000 SGD (approx. 1,230 €) themselves.

Tourist visas are still not issued.

 

08/05/2020 Quarantine will be monitored electronically in the future

People from some countries (e.g. Germany) do not have to be in state quarantine after entering Singapore. Instead, they can also spend the 14 days in private accommodation. In the future, however, they will have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

This uses GPS and Bluetooth signals. Any attempt to leave the house or tamper with the device triggers a warning to the authorities.

 

07/31/2020 Current developments in Singapore

As of July 31, 2020, 12:00 p.m., the Ministry of Health (MOH) has provisionally confirmed a further 396 cases of COVID-19 infections in Singapore.

 

07/03/2020 Hotels can reopen under certain conditions

The hotels in Singapore should be allowed to receive guests again. But to do this, they have to meet strict requirements and reduce capacity.

In addition, the mixing of hotel visitors in the lobby and other guest facilities must be avoided. Before anyone is allowed to enter the hotel, the person must be screened for Covid19 symptoms.

As expected, strict cleaning and disinfection regulations apply. In addition, the use of the tracking app SafeEntry Check-in is mandatory.

 

June 25, 2020 Entry requirements for German citizens simplified

Foreign nationals with work permits or long-term residence permits are currently allowed to enter Singapore subject to certain conditions. When it comes to the question of where the 14-day quarantine has to be carried out, the decisive factor is where the person entering the country stayed in the two weeks before.

In cases where entry or return to Singapore has been approved by the Singaporean authorities since June 25, 2020, travelers from Germany can now also complete the quarantine "at home" in their apartment or with their family. This eliminates the hotel costs for quarantine accommodation, but not the quarantine obligation itself.

The German embassy in Singapore points out once again that prior authorization from the Singaporean authorities is still required to enter Singapore.

 

June 16, 2020 Singapore: 2nd phase of the easing begins on June 19

On April 7, the government imposed massive restrictions with the so-called "Singapore Circuit Breaker" to prevent the spread of Covid19.

After the first easing on June 2nd, further easing has been announced. These come into force on June 18 at 11:59 p.m., so life in the metropolis will change from June 19.

Social gatherings in small groups of up to five people can then take place again. In addition, the vast majority of activities can be resumed.

The following facilities are then allowed to open:

  • Sports facilities
  • Parks
  • playgrounds
  • beaches
  • Stages
  • Swimming pools
  • Sports halls
  • Gyms
  • Bowling center and function rooms

Retail stores can also reopen. The provision of food and drink can also be resumed, provided that the sale and consumption of spirits ceases at 10:30 p.m.

By default, measures should be taken to ensure that people maintain a safe distance of at least one meter at all times.

Will not be reopened yet:

  • large cultural institutions such as libraries and museums
  • Church services and parishes
  • Entertainment places such as bars, night clubs, karaoke, cinemas and theaters

Large events such as conferences, exhibitions, concerts and trade fairs are also not allowed to take place again yet.

The schools in Singapore will reopen on June 29, 2020.

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June 16, 2020 Singapore opens its borders to certain groups of people

In Singapore, entry requirements will be eased in places from June 18. For tourists from Germany or the EU, nothing will change for the time being, as short visits are no longer allowed.

However, if you have a long-term pass, you can re-enter Singapore under strict conditions.

All arriving travelers must undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test. In addition, a 14-day quarantine is mandatory.

It is easiest for travelers who have stayed in one of the following countries in the two weeks before:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Macau
  • Mainland China
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Update June 25th, 2020: Germany

They can spend the quarantine in a place of residence that belongs to them or their family members or from which they are the sole tenant, or in suitable accommodation, such as a hotel.

Travelers who have previously been to other countries must spend 14 days in a state quarantine facility. The cost is SGD 2,000.

A second Covid19 test is carried out before the quarantine is completed.

Prior approval is also required for long-term residence permit holders to enter the country. There is detailed information on this on the following pages:

It is currently not possible for short-term visitors to enter Singapore, with the exception of people entering under the “Green / Fast Lane” agreements (starting with China and finally for other countries / regions) or with special prior authorization.

May 20, 2020 Transit via Singapore will be possible again from June

As reported by several media outlets, transit via the airport in Singapore should be possible again from June 2, 2020. Changi Airport is an important hub in Southeast Asia.

 

04/03/2020 Singapore: Further restrictions

From April 7th, 2020, all non-essential shops must close for at least one month. Supermarkets and banks, for example, are excluded.

 

March 22nd, 2020 Singapore closes completely

As of March 23, 2020, 11:59 p.m. local time, the Singapore government will prohibit all visiting travelers from entering and passing through Singapore. This means that Singapore is no longer a transit airport.

Detailed information from the Federal Foreign Office.

 

03/21/2020 Singapore tightened entry regulations

As of today, a 14-day stay-home notice applies to all people entering Singapore, regardless of their residence title, purpose of travel, country of origin or nationality. A stay-home notice is an order not to leave the apartment (if available in Singapore) or the hotel room for 14 days. Transit through Singapore - only if you do not leave the transit area! - is still possible for this group of people.

A complete entry ban had already been issued for people who had stayed in Germany in the past 14 days.

 

03/13/2020 Singapore Airlines cancels European flights

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will cancel most of its flights to Europe by the end of May.

In addition to connections to Paris, Barcelona, ​​Rome and Milan, all routes to Germany are affected:

  • Düsseldorf: SQ338 / 337 from March 17th to May 30th, 2020
  • Munich: SQ328 / 327 from March 17th to May 31st, 2020
  • Frankfurt: SQ326 / 325 from March 16 to May 31, 2020 and SQ26 / 25 from March 17 to May 31, 2020

In addition, many flights within Southeast Asia have been canceled. Here is the complete list.

 

March 13th, 2020 Singapore imposes entry ban

March 15th, 2020 is the last day on which visitors are allowed to enter Singapore who were in Germany, France, Italy or Spain in the 14 days before. Before that, there were already entry bans for travelers from China, northern Italy and South Korea.

Literally it says on the website of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority:

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Photos:

Social distancing in the food court in Singapore and people in the metro with mask from kandl / Shutterstock.com

Notice sign masks, Marina Bay Sand during Circuit Breaker, and Empty Roads during Lockdown from Hit1912 / Shutterstock.com

Abandoned departure lounge at Changi Airport due to Covid 19 from Barry Seah / Shutterstock.com

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Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and has since written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide “555 Tips for Bangkok”). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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