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Singaporeans & Ukrainians to Face Stricter EU Entry Restrictions

The European Council advised that all EU member states reintroduce additional entry rules for people from Singapore and Ukraine as the two regions were removed from the list of epidemiologically safe countries.

This advice was given after countries identified an increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus. Based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Singapore, with a population of 5.686 million, reported only 2,470 new cases in the past 24 hours. On the other hand, Ukraine reported 8,988 new cases during the same period.

Accordingly, taking these numbers into account, the European Union has proposed reimposing testing, quarantine and other entry rules, especially for travelers who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, reports.

However, since the EU advice is not legally binding, each member state has the right to choose whether to impose any additional entry requirements against travelers from Singapore and Ukraine.

This means that as long as individual member states decide not to place restrictions on vaccinated people, travelers from those two regions will be able to travel under the current relaxed rules.

Germany had already decided to tighten entry restrictions on arrivals from Singapore weeks before the council issued the advice.

Under the new rules, unvaccinated and unwell travelers arriving in Germany from Singapore are required to self-isolate for ten days, with the possibility of quarantine being shortened if a negative test is taken no later than five days after entry.

Similarly, France also removed Singapore from its green list. Non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from Singapore can enter Spain for essential purposes only. In return, those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter France without restrictions provided they provide proof of vaccination and a sworn statement.

The EU list of epidemiologically safe countries includes non-EU/Schengen area countries that are considered safe due to their low infection rates. Therefore, unlike Singapore and Ukraine, member states are strongly advised to reopen their borders and allow non-essential travel from these countries.

The latest list updated on November 9 includes Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Jordan, Kuwait, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay. , China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).

However, since the list is regularly updated, changes can be made at any time. For this reason, it is recommended that each person do their own research before traveling to another country to avoid any inconvenience.

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