Singapore Opens Travel Bubble with Germany

Singapore Opens Travel Bubble with Germany

Singapore will be launching quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated passengers from Germany and Brunei Darussalam in September as it further moves to reopen its borders.

With nearly 80% of its population now fully vaccinated, the Singaporean government has room to reopen its borders. Under the vaccinated travel lanes, passengers who are fully vaccinated and arriving from Germany or Brunei from 8 September will not have to serve a stay-home notice in Singapore.

Instead, they will have to take four COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests

  • Pre-departure test within 48 hours of the scheduled flight, 
  • On-arrival test at Changi Airport, 
  • Post-arrival tests on days 3 and 7 at a designated clinic in Singapore. 

The vaccinated travel lanes will be open for all travel purposes, whether for leisure, business or to visit family. Any passenger who is fully vaccinated and travelling from Germany or Brunei qualifies for travel under the scheme, as long as they fulfil the requirements.

Passengers that test positive after arriving in Singapore must follow quarantine rules in a dedicated facility.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or other vaccines listed under the World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use list.

Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Germany has been allowing Singapore citizens and permanent residents unrestricted entry since 25 June 2021, and now Singapore is simply doing the same.

Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders coming from Germany or Brunei will need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass 7-30 days before their intended arrival. Applications for these passes open on 1 September. 

Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents do not need to apply for a vaccination travel pass to enter Singapore under the scheme.

Travellers from Germany or Brunei to Singapore should have stayed in Germany or Brunei for at least 21 consecutive days. Authorities in Singapore have clarified that visitors who do not comply with such requirements risk being fined under the Infectious Disease Act.

Singapore’s New Normal

Based on the World Health Organization data, Singapore has recorded a total of 66,478 COVID-19 infection cases and 49 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The nation of 5.7 million has had a steady undercurrent of around 20-30 cases daily. Since the beginning of July, however, cases have slowly started to increase to sometimes triple digits. 

The city-state of Singapore has stated COVID-19 will be treated like other endemic diseases such as the flu. There will be no goals of zero transmission. The quarantine will be dumped for vaccinated travellers and close contact of cases will not have to quarantine. 

It also plans to no longer announce daily case numbers. Instead, Singapore authorities will monitor COVID-19 infection numbers every day, and will focus more on the outcomes: how many fall very sick, how many are in the intensive care unit, how many need to be intubated for oxygen, and so on.

Senior Singaporean ministers have said it is the “new normal” of “living with COVID”.

Now, Singapore ministers are charging their country towards a new ‘ COVID normal', which in time will see the airport, seaport, office buildings, malls, hospitals and educational institutions use kits to screen staff and visitors.

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