Denmark imposes COVID-19 isolation on travelers from Singapore – Community News

Denmark imposes COVID-19 isolation on travelers from Singapore

People pass through the control tower of Changi Airport in Singapore, Singapore Jan. 18, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

SINGAPORE, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Denmark will require travelers from Singapore to self-isolate, the embassy in the city-state said Thursday, following a spate of COVID-19 infections.

Singapore was this week removed from a European Union list of non-EU countries that require lifting travel restrictions.

“Singapore is now considered a high-risk country for travel to Europe,” Denmark’s embassy in Singapore posted on Facebook.

The EU safe list of countries is reviewed every two weeks and is not legally binding on member states. Last month, the United States advised citizens not to travel to Singapore, raising the alert level to the highest level.

Singapore discovered 3,481 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

But most of the recent new cases are asymptomatic or mild, with 85% of the 5.45 million population vaccinated. A Reuters tracker shows that the average daily infections are at 75% of the peak. Singapore had kept infection numbers very low for most of last year and early this year.

With the exception of certain groups, such as Danish citizens “who have been fully vaccinated no matter where”, all travelers from Singapore must be tested on arrival and placed in self-isolation for 10 days, the Danish embassy said.

The isolation ends on the fourth day if there is a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) result.

The rules applied to all travelers regardless of vaccination status, as Denmark does not recognize Singapore’s vaccination certificate.

Last month, Singapore had included Denmark on a shortlist of countries for which fully vaccinated people would travel quarantine-free. read more

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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