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Denmark Removes Singapore From Its Safe Travel List

The authorities revealed, as of today, November 11, that non-vaccinated and non-exempt entrants from Singapore must be quarantined upon arrival in Denmark.

“Singapore is now considered a very high-risk country for travel to Europe,” Denmark’s embassy in Singapore said in a social media post.

The decision was made after the European Council announced the removal of Singapore and Ukraine from the EU’s safe travel list due to an increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus, which means that member states are now advised to impose entry restrictions on arrivals from that country, Schengen reports.

The decision was made after data revealed that the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore and Ukraine has risen rapidly in recent weeks. World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that in just the last 24 hours, Singapore reported 3,397 new cases of COVID-19.

“After reviewing the recommendation for the gradual lifting of temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union, the Council has updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and regional authorities whose travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, the Council of the European Union has been deleted,” said the Council of the European Union in a press release. Singapore and Ukraine are from the list.

But according to Reuters, most of the new infections in Singapore have been asymptomatic or mild, with 85 percent of the country’s 5.45 million population being vaccinated.

Furthermore, non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from Singapore are required to undergo testing upon arrival in Denmark and undergo a ten-day quarantine. The isolation period can be terminated on day 4 with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. The Danish Embassy in Singapore revealed that the testing rules apply to all travelers regardless of vaccination status as the certificate of vaccination in Singapore is not recognized by the EU authorities.

At the moment, the EU’s Pandemic Safe Travel List consists of 18 countries, including China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Unlike Singapore and Ukraine, immune arrivals from safe third countries can enter EU member states that are exempt from entry restrictions.

Moreover, Germany had already tightened entry restrictions for travelers from Singapore weeks before the council published the advice. Like Germany and Denmark, France has also removed Singapore from its safe travel list, while Spain has imposed a ban on entry to non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from Singapore unless they are traveling for essential purposes.

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The World Health Organization also revealed that since the outbreak of the epidemic, 224,200 positive cases have been recorded in Singapore. The same data shows that 12 deaths were reported, bringing the number of deaths to a total of 523.

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