A green light signal has been given for European travelers. They can now visit Singapore and Germany for business purposes.
It is the first such agreement involving the south-east Asian city-state and a European nation. And it has some conditions.
However, the government of Singapore says that they can use this kind of deal as a model for future similar arrangements. Especially, with other European countries and out of which the UK is the most obvious.
The agreement will open up “essential travel for business or official purposes via direct flights between both countries”.
Low Number of Cases
According to figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Singapore has a low number of new coronavirus infections. About one-200th of the UK’s and one-50th of Germany’s.
Similarly, to other East Asian nations, it has been extremely careful about reopening for visitors from higher-risk locations.
However, the country had not yet published any protocols for entering. But they are likely to mirror existing “green lane” arrangements.
They must “electronically submit pre-trip health and travel history declarations. And declare his/her accommodation in Singapore via the SG Arrival Card, before departing for Singapore”.
However, before departure to Singapore, travelers will need a negative Covid-19 PCR test. This should be within 72 hours of departure from Germany.
Moreover, on arrival travelers will undergo a COVID test at Singapore airport. Their host company or government agency will be responsible for transporting the traveler directly from the airport to the “declared self-sourced accommodation”.
The arrival will stay there until the result of the test comes. However, if the results are negative, they can proceed with a “pre-declared controlled itinerary”.
Moreover, it is restricting visitors to travel between places of business and accommodation, with “limited contact with the community”. And using taxis for commuting is not allowed for business travelers.
However, if the test is positive, “the traveler will undergo medical treatment at his/her cost”.
This week Heathrow unveiled a new testing center which, it is hoping, they can use for mandatory Covid-19 tests prior to departure to a range of destinations.