Singapore-Korea Travel Bubble Might Start As Early As July


Nia Sarah •  Jun 10, 2021

Many of you might have been looking forward to a travel bubble with Hong Kong since last November, but had your travel plans cut short as it was postponed twice due to the increase in Covid-19 cases. For those still dreaming about fulfilling their wanderlust, Singapore's next travel bubble might start as early as next month - with South Korea. Plans of a South Korea travel bubblestarting in July is reportedly in talks with countries such as Singapore and Taiwan, making a Singapore-Korea travel bubble the next possible dream vacation we can look forward to.

According to The Straits Times, the Transport Ministry there said it is hoping to "expedite travel bubble talks with the likes of Singapore and Taiwan to allow quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated people" to encourage mass vaccination. This will allow its residents who have taken two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to visit countries which have been "relatively successful in containing the pandemic."

The ministry said talks are already under way with Singapore to sign a travel bubble agreement, with an official citing that the travel bubble deal with Singapore is more likely to happen, as they have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the agreement. Other destinations that have been considered are Guam, Saipan and Thailand.

The first phase of the travel bubble programme will include selected package tours and those who sign up must stick to the itinerary. Travellers will also have to test for Covid-19 and submit a negative test result three days before their departure, before testing again upon arrival at their destination.

Currently, about 33 per cent of Singapore's population, or 1.89 million people, have been fully vaccinated while 4.5 per cent of South Korea's population, or 2.32 million people, have been fully vaccinated.

While we wait for further news on this travel bubble from Singapore's Ministry of Transport, we can only hope that we'll be able to start travelling to South Korea soon! You can expect a high demand from the number of travelers, as the country was voted as the top destination that Singaporeans want a travel bubble with, according to an online poll conducted by The Straits Times.

While we wait in anticipation for the Singapore-Korea travel bubble, we can only look forward to the new things to do in Korea, enjoy yummy halal Korean food in Singapore and binge-watch our favourite Korean shows!