SEOUL, Aug 31, 2022 (WAM) — The South Korean government will extend the current pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements for inbound travelers later this week as it believes the recent wave of the virus has passed its peak. It will be lifted, officials said Wednesday. Also, omicron diffusion may slow down.
The new rules, which take effect Saturday, came after the state’s Communicable Diseases Advisory Board recommended the government lift mandatory pre-trip polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for inbound travelers, according to Yonhap news agency. rice field.
Vice Minister of Health Lee Gi-il said at the virus response meeting, “From midnight on September 3, all inbound travelers arriving by plane or ship will submit a negative PCR test, regardless of whether they are citizens or foreigners. You don’t have to,” he said.
The new measures apply to all arrivals, regardless of vaccination status or country of departure.
Currently, incoming travelers must show a negative result within 48 hours of a PCR test or 24 hours of a rapid antigen test to enter the country.