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Coronavirus / Covid-19: Current notice for travelers

The worldwide travel warning was lifted on October 1, 2020. Instead, the Federal Foreign Office issues differentiated travel and safety information for each individual country. We are currently warned or discouraged against unnecessary tourist trips to a large number of countries.

Before you travel to Singapore, please check the entry regulations as well as the travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office as well as the applicable quarantine regulations and test regulations of the federal states for return travelers. Please note that the situation is developing dynamically and can change at any time.

The following official websites are available for this purpose:

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What documents do German citizens need to enter Singapore?

German citizens still need at least one to enter Singapore valid for six monthspassport. A temporary passport is also sufficient. Children need their own identification document, such as a Children's passport. A child entry in the parents' passport is not sufficient. If you are planning to stay in Singapore for tourist purposes, you do not need a visa if your vacation does not last longer than 90 days. In this case, you will receive a residence permit in the form of a stamp in your passport upon entry. No visa is required even for a short business trip.

However, if you want to get a job or do an internship in Singapore, you need one Employment pass apply for. For a paid internship, this is the Training Employment Pass; for an unpaid internship, it is the Training Work Permit.

If you are planning to study in Singapore, you can apply for a Student’s pass. Furthermore, you should be able to show a return or onward ticket when entering the country. Before landing on the plane, you will also be given an entry / exit card, in English Embarkation- / Disembarkation-Card, which you must fill out and present at passport control.

Entry requirements for citizens from other countries

For nationals from other EU countries and Switzerland, the same entry requirements for Singapore apply as for Germans. You can therefore stay in Singapore for a maximum of 90 days without a visa. The same goes for citizens from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and South Korea. Citizens of another group of countries are allowed to spend a maximum of 30 days in the South Asian city-state without a visa. These include, among others, Turkey, Canada and Japan as well as numerous Central and South American, African and Southeast Asian countries. Citizens from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, India and various North African and Near Eastern countries are required to have a visa. It is advisable to inquire about the regulations that apply to you at the Foreign Office in your home country.

What do you have to consider when taking animals with you?

If you would like to travel to Singapore with your pet, there are a few things to consider. All dogs and cats need an electronic Microchip, otherwise entry will be prohibited. According to the entry regulations, the four-legged friends are divided into four categories, depending on the country in which they spent the last six months before departure.

Category 1 are animals from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Category 2 affects animals from Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.
Category 3 includes dogs and cats from Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Slovakia, Malaysia, Canada and the USA.
Four-legged friends from all other nations fall into Category 4.
Category 3 dogs and cats must be in quarantine for ten days, and category 4 four-legged friends are required to be quarantined for 30 days.
The quarantine takes place in the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station and must be announced at least three months in advance. In addition, a health certificate is required, in which it is confirmed by a medical officer that your animal is healthy and does not have any contagious diseases. This certificate must have been issued no more than one week before departure. You should also take your pet's international vaccination certificate with you. Dogs imported into Singapore must be vaccinated against hepatitis, parvovirus and distemper, and cats against cat flu and cat disease. All animals in categories 2, 3 and 4 also need a rabies vaccination and proof of titer. You must also apply for an import permit for your four-legged friend at least 30 days before your trip to Singapore from the Agrifood and Veterinary Authority AVA.

What vaccinations are recommended for traveling to Singapore?

No vaccinations are compulsory according to the entry requirements for Singapore. You will only need proof of a yellow fever vaccination if you come from a yellow fever epidemic area. In principle, it is advisable to check the vaccination status of the vaccinations recommended by the Robert Koch Institute for Germany and, if necessary, to refresh it. These include pneumococci, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough as well as mumps, measles and rubella. Travel vaccinations include immunizations against hepatitis A, and in the event of particular exposure also hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies. It is also advisable to ensure that you have adequate mosquito repellent. In Singapore, for example, dengue, zika and chikungunya are some of the mosquito-borne diseases. There is no malaria in the city-state.

Singapore Customs Regulations

The customs regulations are very strict. It is absolutely forbidden to import endangered animal and plant species, weapons, lighters in weapon form, obscene articles, illegal narcotics, chewing tobacco and chewing gum. The latter may only be imported if it is a medical product. For prescription drugs, you need a medical certificate in English. Please note, however, that the import of some active ingredients is generally prohibited. If you have been out of the country for more than 48 hours and do not enter via Malaysia, you may bring gifts with you duty-free up to a value of goods of up to 600 Singapore dollars. If the value is higher, an import tax of 7% is due. If you have been out of town for less than 48 hours, the value of the goods must not exceed 150 Singapore dollars. There are no allowances for cigarettes; each has to be declared and taxed individually. A permit is required when importing food such as fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as plants and animals. There is no limit to the amount of cash you can take with you and it is even tax-free up to an amount of 30,000 Singapore dollars. It is recommended that you research and adhere to Singapore's customs regulations, as controls are strict and penalties for non-compliance can be severe.

Can entry to Singapore be refused?

There may be problems entering the country if you spend a few days in Malaysia after a stay in Singapore and want to return to Singapore. This is not welcomed by the control officers as tourists try to get a new residence permit. The entry permit can also be refused if your identification documents are worn or if you cannot show a return or onward flight ticket. Likewise, vacationers who carry prohibited items do not come into town. A criminal record is usually not a barrier to entry into Singapore. You do not need to provide any information on the embarkation / disembarkation card.

What languages ​​are spoken in Singapore?

People from numerous cultures and religions live together in Singapore. You will therefore come across different languages ​​in the city-state. The four official languages ​​are English, Chinese, Tamil and Malay. In business and official matters, most of the time English is spoken and is the language of instruction at school. This is intended to simplify understanding between the different ethnic groups. You can usually communicate in English in public anywhere on your trip to Singapore.

Procedure and challenges when entering the country

Most passengers arriving in Singapore by plane land at Changi Airport, which is located approximately 12km east of the city center. In general, the flight attendants will give you the embarkation / disembarkation card before landing. It is best to pack a pen in your hand luggage so that you can fill out the entry / exit card in peace on the plane. Additional cards and multilingual instructions on how to fill them out correctly are available from the Immigration Hall at Changi Airport. We ask for your personal data, passport and flight number, the address of your hotel and the length of your planned stay. You will also be asked whether you have been to Africa or South America in the last six days, whether you have ever entered Singapore under a different name and whether you have ever been denied entry to Singapore. This embarkation / disembarkation card must be completely filled out and presented together with your passport at the passport control desk.

The thumbprints are also digitally scanned when entering and leaving the country. This applies to both people who have a visa and those who enter the country without a visa. Only children under the age of six do not have to give fingerprints.

Next, you can collect your suitcases at the baggage claim. Customs control follows. If you have nothing to declare, leave the terminal via the green exit. Even there, however, random baggage checks are carried out. If you have taxable items in your luggage or are not sure, you should choose the red exit. Show the items to be cleared or inspected together with the relevant import permit. Similar checks also take place when arriving by land. In this case you are from Malaysia and can get into Singapore at the border crossings at Woodlands in the north and Tuas in the west.

Both checkpoints are open around the clock. Another alternative is to arrive by boat or cruise ship. The two major cruise terminals are the Singapore Cruise Center and the Marina Bay Cruise Center. The entry requirements are the same as for those arriving by plane.

As mentioned earlier, the entry requirements are for Singapore very strict. You should therefore inform yourself in advance about the current formalities, customs regulations, vaccination recommendations and regulations for bringing animals with you so that you are well prepared and everything runs smoothly on arrival. Basically, the processes at Changi Airport and at the other border crossings are very well structured and usually do not take long, so that you can soon immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this breathtaking metropolis with its futuristic ambience.

This article was last updated on October 19, 2020.

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