South Korea has lifted its restrictions on meetings and events held
in the destination, subject to social distancing measures and strict
hygiene regimes put in place.
With the destination moving to ‘Level 1’ last month (October),
following a decline in new Covid-19 cases in the country, there are
currently no restrictions on the number of participants that can gather
at events, contingent on strict safety processes being adhered to. These
include participants undergoing regular temperature checks, maintaining
a social distance of at least one metre and ensuring regular hand
South Korea is also looking to attract buyers from Singapore,
following the establishment on 04 September of a ‘fast line’ between the
two destinations. This is aimed at ensuring exemption from isolation at
the respective arriving country.
In a webinar session hosted by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO)
Singapore’s office on 28 October, KTO clarified details of the ‘fast
For Singapore residents, this includes the submission of specific
documents and undertaking four Covid-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
tests. One must be taken 72 hours before departure, another on arrival
in South Korea (with the requirement to isolate for up to two days while
awaiting a negative result), the third test 72 hours before departure,
and the final round on arrival back in Singapore. Delegates are also
banned from using public transport while in South Korea.
While the process may seem quite onerous, KTO said it is "something that can become the new norm".
Representatives from Accor joined the webinar, with Seoul Dragon City
sharing details of the hotel chain’s AllSafe hygiene and safety
measures. This includes thermal sensors in the lobby, temperature checks
and buffets featuring pre-packaged items. The webinar also featured an
introduction to Mondrian Seoul Itaewon, which opened in August.
KTO Singapore also hosted its second virtual site inspection on 27
October, aimed at bringing information to buyers amidst Covid-19, with
this session focusing on Jeju Folk Village. The previous one was held in
conjunction with Andaz Seoul.
Representatives from KTO Singapore said they received very positive
feedback following the first virtual tour but acknowledged that for the
Jeju version, ‘the novelty [of a virtual inspection] has more or less
However, it added that people were thankful that "we were able to
share something like Jeju, since it is located on an island, and how we
were able to provide a live session from the location itself".
As with the previous tour, the virtual site inspection was streamed
via YouTube Live, with a live text option and short quiz following the
presentation encouraging attendee interaction. David Ko and Julie Park
from Jeju Convention and Visitors Bureau greeted viewers at the venue’s
entrance, giving a brief history of the folk village, before taking
After demonstrating Covid-19 safety and hygiene processes, including
hand sanitisation and temperature checks, viewers were treated to a
Samulnori (percussion music) opening ceremony, with music and dancing.
The tour moved seamlessly on, showcasing cultural activities like
‘metdol’, a tool for grinding grain, and deumijil’ a process similar to
ironing and 'moolheobeok', while also showing the importance of water to
After viewing traditional-style houses and a fishing village as well
as various MICE venues within the complex, the tour finished with a
virtual tasting of Jeju rice wine and a short Q&A session.