Breaking the news | 3 Chinese men from Cambodia to Singapore, a group stranded!
What is the risk of returning home?In addition to the risk of infection, the costs of the process may be beyond your means and you may end up stranded in a third country or even have no choice but to return to Cambodia.Recently, a fellow Chinese Dapeng (pseudonym) told xiaobian that he was stranded on his way home from Cambodia via Singapore. At present, he has spent 60,000 RMB, but it is still unknown whether he can successfully return to China, and two other Chinese are also in trouble like him.Singapore to China policy changes, difficult to return to Cambodia to China fewer flights, so Dapeng to consider the transit route home.After consulting an agent, he learned that he could spend 25,000 to 30,000 yuan to apply for a work permit in Singapore and return home after staying there for 30 days.Based on his own situation and the feasibility of successful cases, he finally decided to transfer back to China from Singapore.Peng arrived in Singapore on January 10, expecting to be able to return home in mid-February. However, his flight tickets exceeded those of Cambodia, and many of them were cut off, so he had to buy a relatively cheap flight on March 10.Now a month has passed since he arrived in Singapore, he and two other Chinese are still stranded in Singapore. One of them was refused to take a flight because he was infected in the past and had not been cured for three months.It is understood that those who test negative for serum antibodies in Singapore will be classified as “unvaccinated people” and need to be re-vaccinated in Singapore.Singapore’s return policy originally required new arrivals to China to apply for a health code with a verifiable vaccination QR code provided by Singapore authorities.Dapeng does not belong to the group of people who are vaccinated in Singapore or China, so he has to apply for a series of operations according to the regulations of the local Ministry of Health. The procedure is complicated, and it only takes three or four weeks (about one month) to submit the application materials.The long process of applying for a qr code for verifiable vaccination meant that Dapeng was forced to stay longer in Singapore, which directly affected whether he could successfully apply for a green code from the embassy.As the epidemic continues to worsen in Omikron, Singapore, the Chinese Embassy in Singapore has adjusted its policy on visiting China again.On February 5th, for from the third country to Singapore may not be required to provide proof can verify vaccination of passengers, in addition to the need for nucleic acid detection, such as only the inactivated vaccine inoculation, and serum antibodies to N protein detection, all the above test report together with the existing proof of vaccination and vaccination statement, upload the health code application system together with other materials such as operation,The Embassy will take the relevant circumstances into consideration before issuing the health code.The certification materials required to apply for the green code for returning to China are numerous and complex. “The health code will be issued after comprehensive consideration” indicates that there may be a risk of failure.At present, Dapeng has applied to the relevant authorities in Singapore for a qr code to verify vaccination, but has not received a reply email.In addition, he also plans to follow the new regulations issued by the Embassy for going to China, but whether he can successfully apply for the green code back home is totally at the mercy of god.Dapeng said that before he entered Singapore, he began to pay attention to the local epidemic situation, flights and return tickets, and everything was acceptable at that time. After all, the original plan was only to stay for one month.At present, the omikron epidemic situation in Singapore has worsened. Only on February 15, 19,000 new cases were confirmed in a single day, and more than 300,000 cases were confirmed nationwide.The rapid spread of Omicron has also had a negative impact on flights to China.A number of flights between Singapore and Guangzhou, Xiamen and Shanghai have been cut off due to the increasing number of cases of Singapore importing from China.This is a person who is going from Cambodia to Singapore to return home, and there is a lot of uncertainty about the time, the cost of money or the way back as it increases.Dapeng said that the situation of flights from Singapore to China is just like that of Cambodia at present. The number of flights back home has plummeted, and the ticket price has increased from several thousand yuan to more than 10,000 yuan.Tickets are almost impossible to get in March, with top flights in April costing around 20,000 yuan.He had planned to buy a flight back home in mid-February, but the price of the flight was up to 30,000 yuan, and many of the flights had been cut off.Although he has bought a flight back to China on March 10, it is uncertain whether he can successfully return to China because of the high risk of flight meltdown.He spent 60,000 YUAN a month, but it is still unknown whether he can return to China. Including applying for the Singapore work visa, Dapeng has spent 60,000 yuan in just one month.Before entering Singapore, he entrusted a travel agency to help rent a house. Even a house with bunk beds would cost two or three thousand yuan a month, while a common single room would cost 6,000 yuan.Considering that the purpose of his transit to Singapore is to return to China within a short period of time, in order to prevent infection of novel coronavirus and ensure his smooth return to China to the greatest extent, he finally chose to live in a single room.The price of a single room in Singapore is extremely high. It costs at least 300 yuan a day to eat and live, and the monthly accommodation fee plus food costs tens of thousands of yuan.Dapeng’s savings from working in Cambodia are rapidly being depleted.The 60,000 yuan he paid to return to Singapore was almost double the 30,000 yuan he would have paid to fly directly to Cambodia.He originally hoped to return to China on this transit route, but the epidemic, return policy, flight and other uncertainties, the road to return to face all kinds of difficulties and risks, now regret the original choice.If not, Dapeng may be forced to return to Cambodia due to high spending levels and the expiration of his temporary visa.Dapeng originally entered Singapore with a work visa and could stay for two years. However, because they were only attached to a Singapore agency, they would “leave after working for one month” and then return to China. Therefore, after he bought the air ticket back to China on March 10, he would have to change it into a temporary visa (commonly known as a white card).Due to the epidemic, Singapore introduced a new policy on February 14, requiring white card holders to take nucleic acid tests once a week and face deportation if they do not upload their records.White card holders, on the other hand, can only stay in Singapore for 28 days before they have to leave the country, and can only apply for an extension unless their flight is cancelled or they are infected with COVID-19.If Dapeng cannot return to China smoothly before the expiration of his white card, he will be unable to continue to bear the high living expenses while staying in Singapore.After his work card was changed into a white card, Dapeng cut off his “relationship” with the previous intermediary and Singapore agent, who no longer actively dealt with the difficulties he was facing and only gave some suggestions when asked.Dapeng consulted the travel agency in Cambodia about whether it was feasible to go back to Thailand if he could not successfully return to China. However, he learned that he could only stay in Thailand for 14 days and might be classified as a person who would transfer to a third country, so he could not apply for the green code.As for Vietnam, there are also risks, and after all, the return flight is not cheap.After some consideration, if he could not come back from Singapore, Dapeng decided to return to Cambodia or the original way, at least the living cost pressure is less than Singapore, and stay there is also used to.In his opinion, the policy of transfer to Singapore for return home changes quickly, the risk of flight to return home is high, and the cost is much higher than the direct flight to return home in Cambodia, he suggested not to transfer to Singapore for return home!