South Korea, Singapore drop quarantine for fully vaccinated tourists

Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2022 03:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2022 06:36 PM

Cherry blossom trees began to bloom in Jinhae Ward, Changwon, about 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, March 18, 2021. Yonhap/EPA-EFE/File
Cherry blossom trees began to bloom in Jinhae Ward, Changwon, about 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul, March 18, 2021. Yonhap/EPA-EFE/File

MANILA — (UPDATED) South Korea and Singapore from Friday will welcome back tourists who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with no quarantine required, agencies and airline operators said. 

The 2 countries join other neighbors in Asia which have recently lifted travel curbs as they shift to living with COVID-19. 

The Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) said starting April 1 fully vaccinated international tourists with valid visa are exempted from a 7-day quarantine, for the first time since the pandemic struck. 

International visitors need to register their vaccine status on the Q-CODE website. They will receive a QR code that is needed before entering Korea, the KTO said. The visa requirement remains and that only the following may process visa application:
Short-term visa:
- Diplomat and Foreign Government Official 
- Family of Korean Nationals
- Family of foreign long term visa holders in Korea (only for family members applicable for F-3 visa)
- Seafarers
- Persons who visit Korea for essential corporate activities such as: investment and technology provisions
- Persons who are recognized for humanitarian reasons such as death of immediate family member
- Short-term News Coverage (C-1), Short-term Employee (C-4) *newly added
o Long-term visa: All long term visas (A, D, E, F, H type visas which allows period of stay of more than 91 days) 

Visitors should present a negative RT-PCR certificate, with the test taken within 48 hours before travel. 

The Singapore Tourism Board, meanwhile, also announced easing travel restrictions. Previously, only travelers from a handful of places could enter Singapore without quarantining, but from Friday all vaccinated arrivals just need a negative COVID test.

There is also no need to take a specific Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight or undergo an antigen test upon arrival. 

Visitors must submit their SG Arrival Card and e-health declaration through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website 3 days before their flight. 

The Singapore Tourism Board reminds visitors that wearing of mask is mandatory indoors, but optional outdoors. Social gatherings are allowed in groups of up to 10 persons.

— With a report from Agence France-Presse 

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