Korea ETA applications and Safe2Go portal now open to Singaporeans

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Singaporeans can now apply for a K-ETA and book their on-arrival PCR test at Seoul Incheon Airport, ahead of the VTL's start on 15 November.

Singaporeans who wish to visit South Korea on the highly anticipated VTL must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (known as a K-ETA) prior to departing for Seoul.

K-ETA Application

K-ETA applications have finally gone live for Singaporeans, and can be done via the link above. Be sure to apply using the official website or app (Android | Apple); there are numerous look-alikes out there which charge even more (or steal your personal info, if you’re unlucky).

Details: K-ETA application

Singapore citizens must apply for a K-ETA at least 24 hours before boarding their flight to South Korea. Each traveller requires his or her own K-ETA (regardless of age), and the fee is 10,000 KRW (~S$11) per person. 

Results will be received within 24 hours of application (typically within 30 minutes), and all fees are non-refundable even if the K-ETA application is denied. 

👍 Exemption for APEC Business Travel Card
If you hold an APEC Business Travel Card, there is no need to apply for a K-ETA (or Visa for that matter)

Each K-ETA is valid for two years from the date of approval; a new K-ETA must be obtained if there are changes to your passport details.

K-ETAs only cover activities permitted under a C-3 visa, e.g. tourism, business meetings, family visits, conferences and short-term study with a maximum stay of 90 days. Other types of visits require a visa. 

You do not need a K-ETA if your plan is to take a direct flight to Jeju Island, but since that’s not possible at the moment, it’s a de facto requirement to enter Korea. 

What about non-Singaporeans?

If you’re a non-Singaporean living in Singapore, you’re still eligible to travel to South Korea without quarantine provided you meet the conditions below:

  • Fully vaccinated in Singapore with a WHO EUL vaccine at least 14 days before arrival in Korea (unless aged 5 and below)
  • 14-day travel history features only Singapore/Korea
  • Take a direct flight by Korean Air, Asiana Airlines or Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Korea

Depending on your nationality, you may need to apply for a K-ETA or Visa. Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for K-ETA:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Holy See
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts And Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Venezuela

Safe2GO portal

Safe2Go portal

Before departing from Singapore to South Korea, travellers will need to book and pay for an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test via Safe2GO, conducted at Incheon Airport.

Safe2GO previously only allowed for the booking of pre-departure tests (i.e. flying out of Seoul). However, the portal has now been updated to allow the booking of on-arrival tests. 

Based on the gate that Singapore Airlines flights use, the West test centre should be the most convenient. 

The cost of an on-arrival test at Incheon Airport is 174,000 KRW (S$197) on weekdays and 180,000 KRW (S$204) on weekends or holidays (you need to add the RT-PCR, medical certificate and consultation charge below).

PCR Test for Foreigners Residing Overseas
Test itemsWeekdaysWeekend, Holiday, Weekdays
(From 7am to 9am)
RT-PCR120K KRW120K KRW
RT-LAMP PCR120K KRW120K KRW
Antigen30K KRW30K KRW
Antibody50K KRW50K KRW
Medical certificate30K KRW30K KRW
Consultation charge24K KRW30K KRW

After the test is completed, travellers must take a taxi or private-hire vehicle to their residence or accommodation while awaiting the results. 

⚠️ No domestic travel until results are out!
Even if Seoul is not your intended destination, you will still need to self-isolate until your on-arrival test results are released. In other words, you can’t take a train/domestic flight straight after arrival.

Results will be released according to the following schedule, via the Self-Check Mobile App. The timetable is somewhat not ideal for those taking SQ600, since you arrive at 3.30 p.m and basically lose the first day waiting for your results. 

Test TimeResult
0700-0800 hrsSame day by 1100 hrs
0800-1000 hrsSame day by 1300 hrs
1000-1145 hrsSame day by 1500 hrs
1300-1400 hrsSame day by 1700 hrs
1400-1500 hrsSame day by 1800 hrs
1500-1800 hrsNext day by 0800 hrs

Once a negative result is received, travellers may resume regular activities. They will need to update their daily health status in the Self-Check Mobile App for the duration of their stay or 14 days, whichever is shorter.

Recap: Singapore- Korea VTL

To recap, here’s the main requirements for quarantine-free travel between Singapore and South Korea.

✈️ Summary: South Korea VTL
To South Korea 🇰🇷
  • 14 day travel history: Singapore and South Korea only
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. 30M KRW (~S$35K) coverage (short-term visitors only)
  • Apply for electronic travel authorisation
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine in the WHO EUL (exemption for children aged 5 and below)
  • Take pre-departure PCR test 72h before flight
  • Take non-stop flight to South Korea
  • Take PCR test on arrival in South Korea
  • Take PCR test on Day 6 or 7 in South Korea (if stay ≥8 days)
To Singapore 🇸🇬
  • 14 day travel history: Singapore, South Korea, or any VTL country
  • Purchase travel insurance with min. S$30K coverage (short-term visitors only)
  • Apply for VTP (short-term visitors and long-term pass holders only)
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine in the WHO EUL
  • Take pre-departure PCR test 48h before flight
  • Take designated VTL flight to Singapore
  • Take PCR test on arrival in Singapore
VTL FAQs
Summary: SG-ROK VTL

For more information including flights, travel insurance options and post-arrival requirements, refer to the post below.

Full Details: Singapore – South Korea VTL

Conclusion

With K-ETA and Safe2GO bookings now open to Singaporeans, that’s two things you can tick off your pre-departure checklist for Seoul.

What’s still annoying is that numerous hotels are telling me that I need a negative on-arrival test result before I can check-in, which raises the question as to where a traveller from Singapore self-isolates while waiting for them! I’m seeking guidance from the Korean Tourism Board on this, and will pen an update if/when I hear anything.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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anon

Wait in hotel until PCR results are out! haha. Since it looks like its 3-4 hours only.

Calvin

provided hotel allows you to wait. so far no hotels allow 🙁

anon

What about just waiting in the airport itself?

Dee

Thanks for the comprehensive info here, milelion! Just applied for my K-ETA and it has been approved in 30 min 🙂

Rita

Hi Dee
How much was the visa fee deducted ?
Was the 3rd box of the credit card details enabled? Thanks

Dee

I think about $11 sgd? Ya I clicked the conversion to SGD

Frankie See

Close to $13.

Kim

Will APEC need to apply for K-ETA?

anon

No

playereleven

For the self-isolate hotel, my Korean counterpart is booking Metro Hotel Myeongdong (https://www.metrohotel.co.kr/) for 1st night before moving us to another hotel after negative result. Maybe can check out this hotel?

And

can someone pick me up at ICN instead of getting a taxi / private hire vehicle to get to the city?

daph

Hi Aaron, do u know if we can rent a car instead of taking taxi?

L.W.

Interesting, my Hotel never says need to wait for negative PCR before can check in.

Staying at Millenium Hilton…

Gem

my hotel didn’t say i needed to either (moxy insadong) until i called to ask…

Calvin

strange, i’m going to stay at Conrad Seoul and they said i need that. same hilton family…

Calvin

update: Conrad Seoul now says we can check in and stay in room until results are out

Andy

Thank you so much for the detailed information, Aaron. Just wondering why is there a need to add in medical certificate and consultation charge for the arrival test?

L.W.

Now i booked both the pre departure and the arrival PCR.

Now left the 6/7 days PCR and also the 48 hours before returning PCR + Changi PCR.

The first two..sounds confusing

Calvin

returning PCR will be changed to ART by the time Korea VTL kicks in. save $

Ngoo

Even if we take the SQ red eye flight and arrive 8am in the morning, it is also uncertain where we can isolate to wait for pcr result right? Cos usually hotels dun allow check in till pass noon time

Sol

Do we have to return to Incheon airport to collect our PCR results in paper pls?

Miskey

Need some clarity on this too. But after reading through the FAQ on Safe2go, my guess is collection of test results in paper form are only for outbound passengers who need it for departure from Incheon Airport. Under the “Confirmation of Test Result” tab, there’s one about checking your Negative Test Result in the spam folder of your email. So seems like the arrival PCR test results will still be sent through email. Doesn’t make sense for everyone to crowd in Incheon just to collect a physical copy, then leave to wherever they need to go domestically. But that’s just… Read more »

Thiara

Hey Aaron! What time do you think we should book the on site PCR test at the ICN airport? It seems like we will need to clear immigration then proceed to take the PCR test. Safe2go requires us to book a time slot so I was wondering what your thoughts are on the ideal slot to book. Assuming we are scheduled to land in ICN at 8.50am, what time would be ideal to book the test? Thanks!!!

Miskey

It’s answered In the FAQ. – How could I choose PCR test time on booking procedure?
You can choose a time after your VTL flight ETA(Estimated Time Arrival) in Korean time. 
In case of inevitable situations such as delaying flight, your arrival PCR test is possible even after the booking time.

so just book any time after your flight arrival

Anon22

Hey guys! Anyone have a list of places that offer the test results in English? According to the SafeTravel website, the results of the pre-departure test from KR back to SG done within 48h of departure has to be in English or be accompanied by an English translation. MOH’s list here but no specifications as to which has English results available – https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/statistics/accreditation-bodies-for-covid-19-testing Requirement for English version here under Section G – https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/travel-checklist “☐ G) Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR Test All travellers, except those aged two and below in this calendar year (i.e. a child who turns 2 in this calendar year will be… Read more »

Sam

Riding on this thread, can I also assume and ask if we are allowed to do the pre-departure test at other testing facilities other than the one at the airport that is suggested on the safe2Go website? Might not make sense to travel to the airport 48 hours before departure just to take a test and head back to the city for the next 2 days.. Am also wondering if there are any restrictions that forbid us to use the same test results for the >=8 days requirement by the Korean government as a pre-departure test before coming back to… Read more »

Lily

you can refer to below link for the list of MOH approved medical institution in Seoul for the PDT, just need to ensure they can provide the certificate in English.

https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/statistics/accreditation-bodies-for-covid-19-testing

Last edited 7 months ago by Lily
ctk

Maybe get the PCR done. Then use Google translate for a live translation into English. I wonder whether that will work at check in for the flight back to SG.

Calvin

note, by the time Korea VTL is open, PCR test at kor before flying back to sin would be changed to ART

Boon

Hi guys, after booking the safe2go test, there is this fine print at the bottom of the confirmation email: “Travellers staying more than 8 days must undergo post-arrival COVID19 PCR tests on Day 6 or 7. (E.g. Travellers entering ROK on 1 Nov. and departing on 8 Nov. must take COVID19 PCR test either on 6 or 7 Nov.)” Some issues: 1. The safe2go website counts arrival day as Day 1 instead of Day 0, unlike what is claimed by some of our local agencies (ICA?). 2. As some of us are going by scoot (Mon to Mon), we may… Read more »

Calvin

same question in my mind. lol

Calvin

update. Korean Embassy replied and confirmed..the day you land is Day 0.

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
Arrival day is day 0.
 
Thank you and best regards,
 
Consular Section | Embassy of the Republic of Korea
Tel: (65) 6256-1188 | Fax: (65) 6258-3302
47 Scotts Road, Goldbell Towers #16-03/04, Singapore 228233

Angel

Hi Aaron,
I had booked my flight to Korea from 24Nov and coming back on 1 Dec, do I still need to take the day6/7 PCR test in Korea? With the new regulations that we only need ART test for pre departure .

Gem

taking sq600 (arrive 1530) also, and booked a room at moxy seoul insadong (marriott bonvoy) – same issue: they need us to present negative on arrival test before check in. seriously wonder where i’m going to self isolate and sleep on the first night

Nigel

Even if I manage to find a hotel that accepts us to self isolate until negative PCR is out, it seems like the hotels also require certification of quarantine exemption… which travellers under VTL don’t get.

Sk tan

Recovered person can travel vtl to kr?

Sk tan

Recovered person can go?

Siyuan

“Who is NOT be eligible to enter Korea via VTL

 1. Individuals who recovered from COVID-19 infection and inoculated with one single dose of COVID-19 vaccine.”

https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/sg-en/brd/m_2435/view.do?seq=761362

Calvin

3. Individuals who are fully vaccinated in Singapore and have recovered from COVID-19 infection*.
   *Individual may still test positive even though he/she has recovered.

fel

Hello!good morning.Thank you milelion for the info.I would like also to seek for any advice coz as of now i am here in hongkong,is it possible for me that from here in hk i’ll take a tour to singapore and from singapore can i travel to korea?thank you

Sam

I tried to apply for the KTA with an australian passport but it doesnt allow me to do so even though i live in singapore. Do you know if the VTL is only restricted to certain nationalities even though they are residing in Singapore?

S T

What card should we use to get 4mpd for k-eta and safe2go booking?

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