March 20, 2023

South Korean authorities will now not require arrivals from China to do a COVID check from subsequent month.

South Korea is not going to require vacationers from China to check for COVID-19 after arrival, beginning subsequent month, though they are going to nonetheless have to take pre-departure exams, a senior South Korean official has stated, within the nation’s newest enjoyable of guidelines put in place after China’s reopening.

South Korea imposed a number of border measures on passengers from China after Beijing’s resolution to elevate its stringent zero-COVID coverage however Seoul has been easing restrictions, citing an improved COVID state of affairs within the neighboring nation.

“Extra easing of quarantine measures seems doable because the constructive price amongst arrivals from China has dropped from 18.4 % within the first week of January to 0.6 % within the third week of February,” Kim Sung-ho, a vice ministerial official at South Korea’s Ministry of Inside and Security, stated on Wednesday throughout a gathering on responses to the COVID pandemic.

Necessary PCR exams earlier than departure for passengers from China will stay in place till March 10, Kim stated, to watch and consider the results of the comfort of different COVID guidelines.

South Korea earlier resumed issuing short-term visas for vacationers from China, with Beijing following by lifting comparable visa curbs imposed in an earlier retaliatory transfer in opposition to Seoul’s border restrictions.

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