Starting from today, November 11, unvaccinated and unrecovered arrivals from Singapore must undergo quarantine upon arrival in Denmark, the authorities have revealed.
“Singapore is now considered a high-risk country for travel to Europe,” the embassy of Denmark in Singapore said in a post on social media.
The decision was taken after the European Council announced that Singapore and Ukraine had been removed from the EU safe travel list due to increasing COVID-19 infection cases, which means the Member States are recommended to now impose entry restrictions on arrivals from this country, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The decision was determined after data revealed that Singapore and Ukraine number of COVID-19 cases increased rapidly in recent weeks. Data by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that only in the last 24 hours Singapore has reported a number of 3,397 new COVID-19 cases.
“Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Singapore and Ukraine were removed from the list,” the EU Council said in a press release.
But, according to Reuters, most of Singapore’s new cases are asymptomatic or mild, as 85 per cent of the 5.45 million population is vaccinated.
Furthermore, unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from Singapore are required to get tested upon reaching Denmark and undergo a ten-day quarantine. The isolation period can be ended on the fourth day by taking a PCR test. Testing rules apply to all travellers regardless of vaccination status as Singapore’s vaccination certificate is not recognised by the EU authorities, the Danish Embassy in Singapore has revealed.
Currently, the EU’s epidemiologically safe travel list consists of 18 countries, including China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. In contrast to Singapore and Ukraine, vaccinated arrivals from the safe third countries can enter EU member states exempted from entry restrictions.
Moreover, Germany already had tightened entry restrictions for travellers from Singapore weeks before the Council published the advice. Like Germany and Denmark, France also removed Singapore from its safe travel list, whereas Spain has imposed an entry ban for unvaccinated and unrecovered travellers from Singapore unless they are travelling for essential purposes.
WHO also reveals that since the pandemic has occurred, 224,200 positive cases have been registered in Singapore. The same data show that 12 deaths were reported, taking the number of deaths to a total of 523.