S. Korea, Singapore agree on ‘fast-track’ entry program for biz people amid pandemic

Waterfall in the Jewel Changi Airport, Singapure. Photo by: changiairport.com. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, Sep 2, 2020, Yonhap. South Korea and Singapore agreed Wednesday to introduce a “fast-track” entry program this week for essential trips by businesspeople and others in exception to coronavirus entry restrictions, the foreign ministry said, Yonhap News Agency reported.

During telephone talks, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Singaporean counterpart, Vivian Balakrishnan, reached the agreement on the streamlined entry procedures set to take effect on Friday.

“The agreement with Singapore, the logistical and financial hub, is expected to contribute to not only the two countries’ economic recovery, but also the stable management of global supply chains under the COVID-19 situation,” the ministry said in a press release.

Under the entry program, a South Korean businessperson with a negative coronavirus test and a travel pass from the Singaporean government can fly to Singapore. Upon arrival, he or she must undergo another test, and negative results will exempt him or her from quarantine.

It is South Korea’s fourth such fast-track entry program, following ones with China, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.

South Korea has been pushing to create such streamlined entry programs with other countries, stressing that essential business trips should be allowed to mitigate the fallout of the pandemic and spur the world’s economic recovery.

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