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Singapore and South Korea to launch vaccinated travel lanes from Nov 15

Atiqah Mokhtar
Atiqah Mokhtar10/8/2021 03:32 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Singapore and South Korea to launch vaccinated travel lanes from Nov 15
The two countries have also reached an agreement on the mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
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Singapore and the Republic of Korea have agreed to jointly launch Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs), which will start from Nov 15.

According to a statement by the ministry of transport on Oct 8, under the VTLs, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Changi Airport and Incheon International Airport, and be subjected to Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, in lieu of serving quarantine or stay-home notice.

There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel or requirements for a controlled itinerary or sponsorship.

Vaccination in certificates in Singapore will also be recognised in South Korea, and vice versa.

See: Hong Kong will assess Singapore's Covid-19 strategy before reviving travel bubble

This will allow fully vaccinated travellers with proof of vaccination issued in either country to enjoy vaccination-differentiated safe management measures in both countries.

The jointly launched VTLs will be the first of its kind between two major aviation hubs in Asia. Before the pandemic, Singapore and South Korea 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.

“Both Singapore and the Republic of Korea have made excellent progress in vaccinating our populations and the VTLs reflect the trust both countries have in each other’s ability to manage the COVID-19 situation,” says Minister for Transport S Iswaran.

“This is another milestone as we re-open Singapore’s borders, and resume air travel in a careful and calibrated manner,” he adds.

Under the VTLs, travellers must meet the eligibility criteria and adhere to the prevailing border control measures and public health requirements for travel into the respective countries. More details of the VTLs will be announced in due course.

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