Travel Restrictions Entering South Korea from Singapore

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from Singapore to South Korea.

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Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for vaccinated travelers arriving on non-VTL flights

PARTIALLY OPEN

Transit is allowed

Policies
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Cases Per Million
77.36
Decreased by6.89
at 1/15/2022
Vaccinated
86.71%
Increased by0.23%
at 1/15/2022
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for vaccinated travelers arriving on non-VTL flights

Description

At this time, only travelers with valid visas can enter South Korea. International travelers are required to apply for a visa in advance at an embassy in order to travel to South Korea.

Only fully vaccinated travelers arriving from selected countries in the previous 14 days before arrival in South Korea are allowed to enter South Korea under the vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Travelers must arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL flight in order to be eligible for the VTL.

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All valid short-term visas issued on or before April 5th, 2020, are temporarily suspended.

Visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs have been temporarily suspended for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans.

Start Date
11/15/2021
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Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers arriving on VTL flights

Description

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from selected countries in the previous 14 days before arrival in South Korea are allowed to enter South Korea under the vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

Travelers must arrive in South Korea on a designated VTL flight in order to be eligible for the VTL.

Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Start Date
11/15/2021
Changed
Allowed

Transit is allowed

Description

Most travelers transiting through Korean airports (who do not pass through immigration) have no COVID-19 testing or quarantine requirement for stays less than 24 hours. However, transit travelers may need to undergo temperature checks or fill out health questionnaires.

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Transit travelers will receive a temperature check on arrival in Korea. Symptomatic individuals will be subject to a COVID-19 test and hospitalization if found positive. Travelers who do not show symptoms and/or test negative may continue their journey.

Start Date
6/1/2020
Changed

Visas

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test booking for vaccinated travelers on VTL flights

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Description

Travelers participating in the Vaccinated Travel Lane between Singapore and South Korea must make an online reservation before departure from Singapore to take a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Incheon International Airport.

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Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TransitTourismMedicalBusiness
Description

Travelers, including nationals, must have a printed negative COVID-19 NAAT (PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA, NEAR, and others) test result in English or Korean. The COVID-19 test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure, and the result should be negative. Please check the source for more details.

Electronic results such as on mobile devices are not accepted.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 6, if accompanied by travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 test result;
  • Air travelers in transit;
  • Travelers granted an exemption and have the required proof.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Lamp Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Lamp Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Tma Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Sda Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Near Up To 72 hours Before Departure
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Mandatory

Re-entry permit required for foreign long-term residents

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Description

Foreign Long-term residents of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are required to obtain a re-entry permit prior to departing for international travel from Korea. Travelers Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2), International Agreement (A-3), or Overseas Korean (F-4) status are not required to apply for a Re-Entry Permit.

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Foreigners re-entering South Korea with a re-entry permit are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure to South Korea.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health insurance for vaccinated travelers under VTL going to South Korea

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Description

Vaccinated short-term travelers are required to have travel insurance for the entire duration of their stay in South Korea, with a minimum coverage of 30 million won (approximately S$34,000) for COVID-19 related medical treatment and hospitalization costs, before traveling from Singapore.

Travelers have to carry with them a physical copy of their insurance policy.

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If the cost of COVID-19 treatment goes beyond 30 million won, travelers will have to pay for the excess. Travelers are free to purchase a travel insurance policy from any provider.

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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination for vaccinated travelers on VTL flights

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Description

Travelers must have proof of vaccination issued in South Korea or Singapore.

Travelers are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, or WHO EUL Vaccines.

Travelers that have received a combination of 2 different WHO EUL vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated. Please check the source for more information on accepted vaccine combinations.

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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival for vaccinated travelers on VTL flights

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Description

Travelers participating in the Vaccinated Travel Lane between Singapore and South Korea must take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Travelers can expect to receive the results in a maximum of 12 hours.

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Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 testing on day 6 for vaccinated travelers on VTL flights

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Description

Travelers participating in the Vaccinated Travel Lane between Singapore and South Korea who intend to stay in South Korea for 8 days or more must take a COVID-19 PCR test at a medical clinic designated by the South Korean government on day 6 or day 7 after arrival in South Korea at their own expense.

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Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival for vaccinated travelers on non-VTL flights

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Description

Most travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in South Korea.

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Not Required

No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers arriving on VTL flights

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Description

Fully vaccinated travelers arriving from Singapore on designated Vaccine Travel Lane (VTL) flights are required to self-isolate until they receive the test results from a COVID-19 test taken on arrival.

Please see the source to determine whether your flight has a VTL designation.

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Mandatory

Mandatory 10-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers on non-VTL flights

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Description

Most vaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in South Korea. Travelers may be tested during quarantine.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • A1 or A2 visa holders;
  • Vaccinated travelers who are with a Quarantine Exemption certificate issued by the embassy before travel;
  • Vaccinated travelers participating in the Vaccinated Travel Lane between Singapore and South Korea;
  • Travelers who were vaccinated in Korea and whose vaccinations are registered with the Korean health system may be eligible to be actively monitored instead of undergoing quarantine;
  • Travelers that have been fully vaccinated and are traveling for business, academic, or humanitarian reasons with a quarantine exemption.

For more details, please see the source.

Minimum Number of Days
10 days
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory monitoring app

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Description

Travelers will need to download the self-diagnosis app on arrival in Korea. Travelers will need to respond to daily questions via a self-diagnosis mobile app for 10 days.

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Passengers who are unable to download the mobile app will need to provide a valid phone number and address in Korea to facilitate daily health monitoring by local government officials.

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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travelers must wear masks in public places such as in airports, public buildings, and on public transport.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in South Korea.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
77.36
Decreased by6.89
at 1/15/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
1.86%
Increased by-0.18%
at 1/10/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
86.71%
Increased by0.23%
at 1/15/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
44,484,806
Increased by114,550
at 1/15/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.02
Decreased by0.22
at 1/13/2022

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Visitors may need to sign up to a QR-based registration system to access most facilities, for contact tracing purposes. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Current restrictions may vary per region. Regional government websites can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreig...
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Use of mask

Required
Face masks are required in public places, on public transport, and when social distancing rules cannot be respected.

Public transportation

Operating
Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restrictions in place
Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Restrictions in place
Nightclubs are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Shops

Restrictions in place
Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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