Finally, some good news! Singapore and South Korea have announced vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) starting from November 15, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) today.
Under the joint VTLs, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Changi Airport and Incheon International Airport – all that is required are COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests in place of serving quarantine or stay-home notice. There will also be no restrictions on the purpose of travel or requirements for a controlled itinerary or sponsorship.
According to MOT's press release, Singapore and South Korea have also agreed to mutually recognise COVID-19 vaccination certificates, which will take effect from November 15. This means that fully vaccinated travellers with proof of vaccination issued in either country will enjoy vaccination-differentiated safe management measures in both countries.
We know for a fact that the love is strong between Singapore and South Korea. Before COVID-19, both countries were among each other's top travel destinations, with a total of 64 weekly passenger services connecting the two countries and carrying 1.6 million passengers annually.
But before you pack your bags, read up on all eligibility criteria, prevailing border control measures and public health requirements for travel into the respective countries. More details of the VTLs will also be released in due course. No harm drawing up a itinerary for now though – get some inspiration from our 24-hour guide to Seoul.