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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Of unnecessary, tourist trips to Singapore is currently being made due to ongoing entry restrictions advised against.

Epidemiological situation

Singapore has been moderately affected by COVID-19 so far.
The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry into Singapore is still subject to severe restrictions.

Permanent residents are allowed to enter the country. Holders of long-term residence permits may enter the country with prior approval from the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) or the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). The responsibility, partly also of other authorities, depends on the type of residence permit. Entry for visiting purposes must also be applied for in advance. Details can be found on the “Safe Travel” website of the ICA. The so-called "Reciprocal Green Lane" for official visitors or business travelers from Germany has been temporarily suspended.

All travelers must complete a health declaration online before starting their journey. A PCR test will be carried out upon entry. This must be booked and paid for before entering the country.

After entry, a 21-day quarantine (Stay Home notice, SHN) must be observed, with two further mandatory PCR tests being carried out on day 14 and at the end of the trip at the expense of the traveler. The quarantine is to be spent in special, chargeable SHN facilities ("dedicated facilities"), the costs are to be borne by the traveler.

Transit and onward travel

Transit is currently only possible on selected routes operated by Singapore Airlines Group, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Swiss, among others.

Travel connections

Travel options exist via various commercial flight connections to and from Europe. Direct flights to and from Germany are currently possible with Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Restrictions in the country

When entering and leaving shops, malls, restaurants and service providers, a "Safe Entry" QR code must be used for registration. In future, the use of the "Trace Together" app or token will be mandatory.

Hygiene rules

There is a general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection.

  • Find out more about the current entry and transit regulations at the ICA and about health measures in Singapore at the Ministry of Health.
  • Check with Singapore Airlines for information on transit options.
  • Review your travel plans and contact your tour operator or airline. Make sure to check with your airline before booking a flight.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

The Singapore government is aware of an overall terrorist threat. There are currently no indications of a specific threat. Nevertheless, there are always arrests of radicalized suspects.

Domestic situation

The situation is stable. Isolated protests and demonstrations cannot be completely ruled out.

  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The petty crime is very low. Pickpockets and handbag theft cannot be ruled out in places that are very frequented by tourists. Violent crime is extremely rare.

In the Strait of Singapore, which connects the Strait of Malacca to the South China Sea, there has recently been an increase in pirate attacks on commercial ships.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • In large crowds such as at airports, train stations, in markets and on public transport, pay particular attention and watch out for your valuables.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.
  • Be vigilant and careful at sea, report incidents to the ReCAAP Information Center.

Nature and climate

There is a tropical climate with high humidity.
From December to March and from June to September, monsoon-like rains and foothills of typhoons can occur, causing floods, landslides and traffic disruptions.

Singapore is outside the earthquake area, but tremors, mostly from earthquakes in Sumatra / Indonesia, can be perceived.

  • Always observe prohibitions, information signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with behavioral guidelines for earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

Singapore is an economically highly developed city-state with a very well developed infrastructure. A dense network of bus, S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines (called MRT) ensures efficient transport. There are also a large number of taxis that are available in the city center at designated locations, but outside of the center can usually be hailed anywhere along the street. Various taxi apps are also available.

There is left-hand traffic. Drivers can expect high costs for rental cars, fuel, parking fees and electronic toll systems.

Driving license

The international driving license is required and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

Special instructions on how to behave

When visiting bars, discos and other evening clubs, different cultural backgrounds should be taken into account. Behavior of men towards women deemed inappropriate in Singapore ("outrage of modesty“) Can lead to arrest and punishment.
It is essential to pay attention to prohibition signs posted in public. For example, the consumption of food and drinks on public transport is prohibited and is punished with a heavy fine (up to approx. 500 SGD).
Smoking is only permitted in a few places in Singapore. In principle, smoking is prohibited in buildings, parks, public transport and within 5 meters of bus stops. The National Environment Agency provides further information.

LGBTIQ

Homosexual acts are still punishable under the Penal Code in Singapore; however, there has been no prosecution for a long time.

Legal specifics

In Singapore, it is illegal to smoke in public in many places. The consumption of food and drinks is not permitted on public transport.
Throwing away rubbish, including leftover cigarettes, is strictly forbidden and is punishable by fines.

Certain offenses such as murder, but also drug offenses, are subject to the death penalty. Various offenses also result in flogging.

Prohibitions under criminal law are consistently enforced, in particular drug trafficking and drug consumption are severely punished (e.g. death penalty or life imprisonment for possession of more than 15g of heroin or 500g of marijuana, with these amounts drug trafficking is assumed).

Behavior that men consider to be inappropriate towards women ("outrage of modesty“Roughly translating as“ indecent behavior ”) can also lead to arrest, imprisonment and, in extreme cases, corporal punishment in bars, discos and other localities. In the event of arrests, it may be necessary to hire a lawyer. This can result in high costs. The passport will be retained until the end of the procedure; it is not possible to leave the country while the procedure is ongoing.

Disregarding and indecent behavior, even when drunk, can be punished with a fine or imprisonment.

Consumption of alcohol in public places between 10.30 p.m. and 7 a.m. is also a criminal offense. This does not affect appropriately licensed restaurants / bars.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Withdrawing cash is possible with credit cards and often also with bank cards (e.g. Maestro) at marked ATMs, payment with credit cards is widespread.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without notifying the Foreign Office beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information going beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the Customs and Travel app or you can request them by phone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry and contain blank pages.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days.
Upon entry, a corresponding residence permit for 90 days will be issued.
Exceeding the limit can be punished severely. Singapore Government provides information on entry requirements.

Long-term stay

Longer-term stays are only possible with the appropriate residence permit. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) provides possible categories and further information.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Collection of biometric data

From every traveler, i. H. Even from visitors who do not require a visa, thumbprints are digitally scanned at passport control each time they enter and / or leave the country. This does not apply to persons under six years of age. The Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) provides further information.

Import regulations

The import of foreign currency is possible without restrictions, but must be reported for a value of SGD 20,000 or more.

In Singapore, there is a 7 percent GST (Goods and Service Tax) levy on imported goods.

There are exemption limits for goods (new goods, souvenirs, gifts, etc.) that are imported into Singapore for personal use. For stays outside of Singapore up to 48 hours, the exemption limit is 100 SGD. For stays of 48 hours or more outside of Singapore, the exemption limit is SGD 500.

Weapons, ammunition, bulletproof clothing and handcuffs, fireworks, toy weapons, e-cigarettes, chewing gum, products from protected animals and plants and pornographic articles are not permitted.
Experience has shown that carrying objects in hand luggage that could be used as weapons or are similar to weapons (e.g. toys, but also individual cartridges) can lead to police investigations and at least hours of delay in entry. References to appointments, connecting flights or the like do not accelerate the procedure.

Official permits are required for other goods. This includes, for example, the import of fruit, vegetables, meat and meat products.

Prohibited goods and goods that require a permit can be found here: Singapore Customs-Prohibited and Controlled Goods.

Alcohol may only be imported duty-free under certain conditions: The person must be over 18 years old and have stayed outside of Singapore for at least 48 hours. Furthermore, entry is not allowed from Malaysia and the alcoholic beverages, which are not banned in Singapore, may only be for personal use. Import volumes vary, Singapore Customs provides information.

Tobacco products may only be imported against an import tax; there are no allowances. Smokers who are found on entry with undeclared cigarettes must expect a fine of at least 200 SGD per pack. A regular pack of 20 cigarettes costs around 7 euros in Singapore.

There are special rules for taking medication for personal use with you, which can be obtained from the Health Science Authority, as can the list of substances that require prior authorization.

Singapore Customs (general import goods) and Singapore Food Agency (food) provide further information on the Singaporean customs regulations.

Further useful information on customs formalities can be found in the Customs Guide for Travelers.

Pets

Strict regulations apply to entry with certain pets such as dogs and cats and require a one-month quarantine in addition to a valid rabies vaccination, a health certificate and an import permit, even if you are entering directly from Germany. The Animal & Veterinary Service provides information.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from a yellow fever area, proof of a yellow fever vaccination must be provided.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and also against hepatitis B and typhoid in the case of long-term stays or special exposure.
  • When traveling to neighboring countries, vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis may be advisable.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.

Dengue fever

In Singapore, high numbers of dengue fever illnesses have been registered in recent years. Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy against dengue fever, see information sheet on dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain.The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences, and there are seldom long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid Chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

Singapore is considered malaria free.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease occur occasionally in Singapore. It is a viral infection of humans (e.g. with Coxsackie A 16 virus), the viruses are excreted in the stool. It is transmitted as a smear infection, via food or as a droplet infection (coughing / sneezing). In principle, it is a harmless disease that heals relatively quickly (7 to 10 days).

  • Adhere to strict hygiene measures (hand washing), so that prophylaxis is possible to a limited extent.

Air pollution

The air quality in Singapore is often restricted by the so-called haze throughout the year.
"Haze" is a periodic, smog-like air pollution caused by slash and burn and smoldering fires in Malaysia and especially in Indonesia. Depending on the weather, the pollutant levels published by Malaysian authorities can fluctuate daily and from place to place. It should be noted that in Malaysia the more dangerous fine particles (PM 2.5) are not measured, so that the actual pollution is usually significantly higher than the published figures. If there are significantly increased concentrations of pollutants there, irritation of the eyes and the respiratory organs can occur. Heart and / or lung patients as well as old people and small children are particularly at risk, but healthy adults should also avoid physical activity outdoors and take further precautionary measures. People with the mentioned or other relevant health problems (asthmatics, allergy sufferers, etc.) should consult a doctor before traveling to any affected areas.

Medical supplies

Medical care in the country is of a high level comparable to that in Europe and is very expensive, especially in private hospitals.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you travel, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical medicine specialists or travel medicine specialists and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .