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Notice Korea-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

DATE
2022-01-18

Korea-Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

 Important notice regarding purchasing air tickets from 29 December 2021, 0000hrs onwards:

 To mitigate the risk of omicron variant, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) has announced that travellers who will purchase air tickets for entry into Korea from Singapore between 29 December 2021, 0000hrs and 20 January 2022, 2359hrs (KST) would not be eligible to make use of VTL arrangement and would be required to quarantine for 10 days.

 

 Travellers who hold valid tickets purchased on/before 28 December 2021, 2359hrs (KST) and meet all other conditions for travel via VTL will not be affected and may continue to enter Korea via VTL.


 Important notice regarding validity of vaccination certificate (updated on 14 Jan 2022)

 With effect from 03 January 2022the vaccination certificate issued to an individual who has received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine is considered ​valid for 6 months (180 days) from the date of administration of the 2nd dose.​ However, if the traveller has received a booster shot, the vaccination certificate would be valid from the date of administration of booster shot and would not have an expiration date.

 Under the tightened measures, VTL travellers who completed their primary series of vaccination more than 6 months ago would not be allowed to visit certain public areas and facilities including restaurants if they did not receive a booster shot. Please refer to point 8 below for more information.


​1. Who is eligible to travel to Korea via VTL (updated 18 Jan 2022)

    ○ A person who is fully vaccinated​ with WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) COVID-19 vaccines with at least one dose taken in Singapore for minimum two (2) weeks before arrival in Korea and has the vaccination certificate with QR code obtained from Notarise (link). Examples of accepted COVID-19 vaccinations for entry into Korea via VTL are illustrated below:

 Example

 1st dose taken in

 2nd dose taken in 

 3rd dose taken in 

 Able to obtain vaccination certificate from Notarise? 

 Eligible to enter Korea via VTL

 1

 Singapore

 Singapore 

 Singapore 

 Yes 

 Yes 

 2

 3rd country

 Singapore 

 3rd country 

 Yes

 Yes

 3

 3rd country

 3rd country 

 Singapore

 Yes

 Yes


    ○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 may take any direct flight operated by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines or Scoot from Singapore to Korea (no designated flight number)


 Who is NOT 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 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.

 3. 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, and vice versa.

   ○ Singapore passport holders would be able to apply for K-ETA starting from 08 November 2021, 0000hrs.

 K-ETA 

(Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)

www.k-eta.go.kr

 Visa

 ○ 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)


   

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 (updated 18 Jan 2022)


 Pre-departure

 - Traveller must take a COVID-19 PCR test departure at a MOH-approved provider (link) within 48 hours (2 days) of departure. For example, if the VTL traveller is taking the flight on 20 December at 2300hrs, he/she may take the test on 18 December from 0000hrs onwards.


 ※ 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

 Upon arrival

 - 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.


 - Children below the age of 6 may be tested at the discretion of the quarantine officials at the airport. As such, pre-booking of test should be made for children as well.


 - 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. Public transport would not be allowed starting from 20 January 2022 due to tightened measures.


 - 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

(Arrival day is day 1)

 - 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. Additional Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs) to be taken while in Korea 

   ○ Applicable to travellers who will seek entry into Korea from 20 December 2021, 0000hrs (KST) onwards.

   ○ Traveller is required to take a self-administered ART on day 3 and day 5 of arrival. Arrival day is considered as day 1. For example, arrival day is 21 December (day 1). You will take the ART on 23 December (day 3) and 25 December (day 5). 

   ○ If the ART result is negative, the traveller is required to take a photo of the ART result together with his/her passport's bio-data page for self-recording.

   ○ If the ART result is positive, the traveller is required to contact the public health centre immediately and arrangement would be made for him/her to take a PCR test.


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 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure at a MOH-approved provider (link)

    ○ On arrival COVID-19 test booking confirmation (booking can be done at Safe2GO pass website)​

    ○ 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)


 NOTE:

 ○ A blue lanyard would be given to VTL travellers to differentiate them from non-VTL travellers. Please wear it upon your arrival in Korea for easy identification.


 ○ Eligible VTL travellers are not required to apply for "Isolation Exemption Certificate" or "Quarantine Exemption Certificate" to enter Korea without quarantine.


7. Download Self-Check App 

    ☞ Link for download


8. Verification of vaccination status while in Korea (further updated on 14 January 2022)

    ○ With effect from 03 January 2022, the vaccination certificate issued to an individual who has received 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine is considered ​valid for 6 months (180 days) from the date of administration of the 2nd dose. For example, if the 2nd dose was taken on 10 July 2021, the vaccination certificate would be valid till 06 January 2022, 2359hrs. However, if the traveller has received a booster shot (i.e 3rd shot), the vaccination certificate would be valid from the date of administration of booster shot and would not have an expiration date.

    ○ Under the tightened measures, VTL travellers who completed their primary series of vaccination more than 6 months ago would not be allowed to visit certain public areas and facilities including restaurants if they did not receive a booster shot. 

  ○ VTL travellers may present their vaccination certificate issued with QR code (digital or paper) obtained from Notarise (link) to the establishments that they are visiting and the vaccination status may be verified when scanned by COOV app. Alternatively, VTL travellers may visit a public health center to register their overseas vaccination records (click) and receive a "Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination". This "Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination" may be presented during entry to establishments such as restaurants.

  ○ Individuals between the age of 13 and 19 would need to present their vaccination certificate issued with QR code (digital or paper) or "Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination" when entering establishments such as restaurants starting from 01 March 2022.

 

9. Technical issues

    ○ ​If you are encountering technical issues with K-ETA application, booking of PCR test on Safe2Go Pass website or retrieving your vaccination certificate from Notarise, please refer to the contact points below.

 K-ETA 

 Link (click)

 Safe2Go Pass website

 Link (click)

 Vaccination certificate from Notarise

 Link (click)


10. Returning to Singapore after travelling to Korea via VTL

      ○ Please refer to Safe Travel Office website for details.

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