Korea-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)
※ Eligible VTL travellers are not required to apply for "Isolation Exemption Certificate" to enter Korea without quarantine. Please refer to point no. 6 below for the documents required when entering Korea
▷This page is meant for travellers who are fully vaccinated in Singapore and seeking entry into Korea via VTL. Travellers entering Korea via VTL are exempted from quarantine if they are tested negative for COVID-19 at Incheon Airport.
▷Travellers who had their overseas vaccination records registered in Singapore's National Immunisation Registry (NIR) are not eligible for VTL arrangements.
▷Business travellers who are fully vaccinated overseas and wish to be exempted from quarantine may request their Korean inviter to apply for quarantine exemption under important business purpose at Business Travel Support Centre (www.btsc.or.kr , tel: 1566-8110).
▷Fully vaccinated travellers who are seeking entry in Singapore should visit Safe Travel Office website (link) instead
1. Who is eligible to travel to Korea via VTL
- A person who is fully vaccinated in Singapore with WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) COVID-19 vaccines for at least two (2) weeks before arrival in Korea and has the vaccination certificate with QR code obtained from Notarise (link)
- The traveller must remain in Singapore or Korea for at least 14 days consecutively prior to travel.
- Accompanying children below the age of 6 who are unvaccinated are eligible to travel to Korea via VTL and be exempted from quarantine. Unvaccinated children age 6 years and above may enter Korea but would be subjected to quarantine for 10 days (link).
- The traveller must take a direct flight operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines or Scoot from Singapore to Korea (no designated flight number)
Who is NOT be eligible to enter Korea via VTL
1. Individuals who recovered from COVID-19 infection and inoculated with one single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
2. Individuals who are fully vaccinated overseas and have their vaccination records registered in Singapore's National Immunisation Registry (NIR).
3. Individuals who recovered from COVID-19 infection and still test positive for PCR test.
※ We would not be able to guarantee that the discharge memo issued by MOH (Singapore) would be recognized in Korea as proof that you are no longer infectious.
4. Individuals who are fully vaccinated in Singapore but unable to obtain vaccination certificate with QR code from Notarise (link)
2. Apply for K-ETA OR Visa
※ Multiple entry visas issued prior to 05 April 2020 are all invalidated.
※ APEC card holders may enter Korea without visa or K-ETA.
※ If you have K-ETA, you do not need a visa.
※ Singapore passport holders would be able to apply for K-ETA starting from 08 November 2021, 0000hrs.
(Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)
○ Check if your nationality is eligible for K-ETA application (click)
※ K-ETA eligibility depends on your nationality, not country of residence or departure.
※ K-ETA only covers activities allowed under C-3 visa such as tourism, business meetings, discussions, conferences, short-term study with stay below 90 days, family visit...etc. If your purpose of visit is not covered under K-ETA or your nationality is not eligible for K-ETA, please apply for an appropriate visa.
※ K-ETA is valid for 2 years once issued.
○ Apply for K-ETA here (click)
○ Please refer to this link (click) for more information on implementation of K-ETA.
○ Apply for a visa if your nationality is not eligible for K-ETA or your purpose of visit is not covered by K-ETA.
☞ C-3-1 Humanitarian Visa for Visiting Korean Family (click)
☞ C-3-1 Humanitarian Visa for Visiting Family (ARC) (click)
☞ C-3-1 General Visa (Conference, Competition, Training...etc) (click)
☞ C-3-3 Medical Tourism Visa (click)
☞ C-3-4 Short-Term Business Visa (click)
☞ C-3-9 Short-Term Tourism Visa (click)
☞ C-3-9 Domestic Helper Tourism Visa (click)
☞ C-4-5 Short-Term Employment(Working) Visa (click)
☞ D-2 Student Visa (Full-time degree / Exchange Program) (click)
☞ D-4-1 Korean Language Training Visa (click)
☞ F-4 Overseas Korean 재외동포 Visa (click)
☞ F-6 Spouse of Korean National Visa (click)
☞ Confirmation of Visa Issuance (click)
For other visa types, please refer to here (click)
☞ In view of safe distancing measures, applicants are required to apply for visa through an appointed visa agent. The list of appointed visa agents is regularly updated and attached above.
※ In person submission (without assistance of travel agent) is allowed for certain visa types (i.e C-3-1 Humanitarian Visa, D-2 Student Visa, D-4-1 Language Training Visa, F-4 Overseas Korean Visa, F-6 Spouse Visa, Confirmation of Visa Issuance...) Please refer to the individual visa checklist for details.
※ Travel agents may charge additional agent fee for providing their service. The additional fee is not regulated or received by the Embassy.
3. Mandatory travel insurance
- Not applicable to Korean nationals, foreigners with approved long-term visa (i.e stay more than 90 days) and foreigners who hold Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued for humanitarian, public interest or important business purpose.
- Travellers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30 million won (approximately SGD 34,000) for COVID-19 related medical/treatment expenses and hospitalisation cost.
- The traveller must carry a physical copy of the insurance policy when travelling to Korea.
4. PCR test requirements
- Traveller must take a COVID-19 PCR test departure at a MOH-approved provider (link)
- The test result must be issued within 72 hours of departure.
※ Infants and children under the age of 6 (as of entry date) are exempted from this requirement.
※ Refer to attachment for FAQ on pre-departure COVID-19 test
- Take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Incheon Airport.
- Traveller is required to pre-book the test at Safe2GO pass website (link) prior to departure to Korea and carry a copy of the confirmed booking when entering Korea.
- After taking the test, the traveller may proceed to his/her accommodation in Korea using taxi, private vehicle, designated bus or train for international travellers to isolate and wait for the result.
- Traveller is not allowed to take domestic flights until he/she receives the negative result for the on-arrival PCR test.
- FAQs relating to Safe2Go pass website (link)
On the 6th / 7th day of arrival
- If the traveller will stay in Korea for 8 days or more, he/she is required to take a COVID-19 test at a designated hospital/clinic on the 6th / 7th day of arrival.
- Please refer to the attachment for the list of medical institutions that provide PCR testing. Traveller is advised to contact the medical institution directly to check on availability.
- After taking the test, the traveller is not required to isolate and may carry on with his/her activities in Korea.
5. Download Self-Check App
☞ Link for download
6. Documents you should have on hand when you arrive in Korea
○ Passport with at least 6 months remainder validity
○ Valid APEC card / K-ETA / Visa (not applicable to Korean nationals)
○ Vaccination certificate with QR code obtained from Notarise (link)
○ Pre-departure COVID-19 test result certificate issued within 72 hours of departure
○ On arrival COVID-19 test booking confirmation
○ Physical copy of travel insurance with minimum 30 million won (approximately SGD 34,000) for COVID-19 related medical/treatment expenses and hospitalisation cost (not applicable to Korean nationals / foreigners with Alien Registration Card)
※Eligible VTL travellers are not required to apply for "Isolation Exemption Certificate" to enter Korea without quarantine.
7. Technical issues
If you are encountering technical issues with K-ETA application or booking of PCR test on Safe2Go Pass website, please refer to the contact points below.
8. Returning to Singapore after travelling to Korea via VTL
- Please refer to Safe Travel Office website for details.