South Korea Travel Update: No more quarantine for fully vaxxed foreign travelers from March 21, South Korea

South Korea’s health ministry on Friday announced plans to drop quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated foreign travelers from March 21. Previously, travelers entering South Korea were supposed to undergo a seven-day self-quarantine. The ministry informed that people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be exempted from self-quarantine when entering South Korea.

Here, fully vaxxed people refer only to those who received two COVID-19 vaccines two weeks earlier but less than 180 days ago. However, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Myanmar are excluded from the self-quarantine exemption.

However, international travelers will still need to take the rapid antigen tests twice six and seven days after entering South Korea.

Apparently, just the day after the announcement, on Saturday, the East Asian nation recorded a new daily record of 383,665 COVID-19 cases. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency shared the information amid a surge of Omicron cases in the country.

On the other hand, Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Cambodia reopened their borders to tourists in November. But in December, shortly after Omicron, Thailand suspended most tourist arrivals, but again on February 1, tourism resumed under its “Test & Go” program.

Soon after, Bali followed the league and reopened to overseas travelers and on February 10, the Philippines reopened with no quarantine requirement. While Vietnam also announced its reopening on March 15, Malaysia announced on Tuesday that it plans to open its border on April 1 to foreign travellers.

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