Singapore-South Korea VTL travellers exempted from 10-day quarantine

Out-Law News | 10 Dec 2021 | 12:13 am |

Travellers who are using the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) between Singapore and South Korea will not need to serve quarantine despite of current new border restrictions in South Korea.

South Korea earlier announced updated travel measures in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19, requiring the majority of travellers to serve a 10-day quarantine.

Under the measures, VTL travellers from Singapore to South Korea must be fully vaccinated and must have stayed in Singapore for the past 14 days. Travellers who test negative for Covid-19 at Incheon airport in Seoul will be exempted from quarantine.

Mayumi Soh of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, said: “This is a welcome clarification for Singapore based travellers, who may have been concerned about the impact of the quarantine on their travel plans.”

Unvaccinated children aged six and above will be allowed to enter South Korea but must serve a 10-day quarantine. Children below six are exempted from quarantine.

Earlier this month, Singapore announced its decision to freeze all new VTLs and planned relaxations on social measures in response to the classification of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus as a ‘variant of concern’.

Singapore and South Korea opened VTL in both directions in November, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to fly between the two countries without serving quarantine.