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Scoot launches round-trip South Korea VTL flights from S$380

There's probably no such thing as a South Korea VTL trip on a budget, but Scoot is trying to help with S$380 round-trip fares on its latest non-stop Seoul flights.

Scoot has announced that it is joining the Singapore – South Korea Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme, becoming the first out of four airlines on the route to launch quarantine-free services in both directions on 15th November 2021.

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With full-service carriers dominating this route, the good news for travellers is that this budget option starts at a highly competitive S$380 return in Economy Class, or S$780 in ScootPlus.

“Scoot is pleased to announce the latest series of promotional fares for the upcoming launch of Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights between Singapore and South Korea.”

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This is a fraction of the round-trip fares offered by other VTL airlines, with return trips in Economy Class this December at around:

  • Asiana: S$1,180
  • Korean Air: S$1,420
  • Singapore Airlines: S$1,350
Even ScootPlus is less than 60% of SIA’s Economy Class fares to and from Seoul on Scoot’s new VTL services. (Photo: Scoot)

Scoot’s promotional fares on this route are valid for booking until 7th November 2021 at 11.59pm Singapore Time.

Scoot non-stop Seoul schedule

Scoot is deploying its Boeing 787-9 aircraft on this route, with 35 seats in ScootPlus (2-3-2 configuration) and 340 seats in Economy (3-3-3 configuration).

Scoot’s Boeing 787-9s seat a total of 375 passengers. (Photo: Boeing)

The downside with Scoot is that there’s not much choice on offer. The low-cost carrier will fly non-stop to Seoul and back only on Mondays, so the low fares are probably only much use for a fixed trip of 1/2/3 weeks.

Singapore Seoul
15th November 2021 – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
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787-9
SIN
01:25
ICN

08:50

Scoot will pip Korean Air to the post on Monday 15th November 2021, when it operates the first quarantine-free flight from Singapore to Seoul since COVID-19 restrictions in early 2020, five minutes ahead of KE646.

Seoul Singapore
15th November 2021 – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
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VTL

787-9
ICN
10:30
SIN

16:15

Scoot will also operate the inaugural designated VTL flight from Seoul to Singapore on Monday 15th November, around 8 hours ahead of Korean Air’s evening KE645 departure later the same day.

For more flexibility, you can consider flying to Seoul on a different day of the week with a different airline, then use the Scoot VTL flight to return to Singapore, or vice-versa, which may still give you a nice saving even though you won’t benefit from the cheapest round-trip deal.

Remember you can take any non-stop flight with any of the four airlines operating on this route from Singapore to Seoul – it’s only your return flight that needs to be a designated VTL service.

Other options: Singapore to Seoul

If an overnight flight departing in the early hours of a Monday morning doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, there are 14 other weekly non-stop Singapore – Seoul services with other carriers, any of which you can take for a quarantine-free arrival provided you meet the criteria.

Singapore Seoul Flights
(from 15th November 2021)

  Days
M T W T F S S
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SIN
01:25
ICN

08:50
KE646
     
SIN
01:30
ICN

08:50
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SIN
08:05
ICN

15:30
OZ752
     
SIN
23:00
ICN

06:20*

The final details of the Singapore – South Korea VTL have yet to be announced, but here’s what we know so far about how the process will work in the outbound direction for our Singapore-based readers.

VTL Process
Singapore South Korea

  • Must be fully vaccinated with a WHO vaccine and certificate issued in Singapore or South Korea
  • Must have stayed in Singapore or South Korea for 14 days
  • Unvaccinated children aged 6+ are not eligible
  • Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation* (application from Singapore not yet available)
  • Purchase COVID-19 travel insurance (min. coverage of KRW30 million – approximately S$34,000)*
  • Book an on-arrival PCR test before departure (from 8 Nov)
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test (up to 72 hours before departure)
  • Travel to Seoul on any non-stop flight
  • Install the Self-Check mobile app and enter your daily health status for 14 days from the day of arrival
  • Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test
  • Leave the airport via private transportation to your residence or accommodation
  • Self-isolate until the result is available (12 hours)

For stays of 8 or more day