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South Korea to Lift COVID Test Results for Travelers Upon Arrival

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South Korea is about to end pre-departure COVID test requirements for overseas travelers starting September 3rd. Thanks to this announcement, travelers visiting South Korea will no longer be requested to present a negative test result upon their arrival.

The number of COVID cases is going down with daily infections ranging around 100,000 in recent weeks compared with more than 180,000 in August. The country’s Ministry of Health reported that the weekly numbers of infections have declined for the first time in nine weeks and the virus is showing signs of slowing down.

This announcement also follows neighboring countries like Japan, Thailand, the Philippines also getting rid of the pre-departure test requirements, especially with South Korea’s national holiday Chuseok – also Thanksgiving – coming up next week.

According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, the figures are likely to stay under control despite the holiday season is approaching. In general, national holiday season is considered highly risky since a large number of Korean population moves to different region in order to visit their long-missed family members.

However, travelers will still need to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in the country. South Korea still keeps an indoor face-mask mandate and requires people tested positive for COVID to isolate themselves for seven days.

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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