South Korean authorities will now not require arrivals from China to do a COVID check from subsequent month.
South Korea won’t require travellers from China to check for COVID-19 after arrival, beginning subsequent month, though they are going to nonetheless must take pre-departure assessments, a senior South Korean official has stated, within the nation’s newest enjoyable of rules put in place after China’s reopening.
South Korea imposed a number of border measures on passengers from China after Beijing’s resolution to carry its stringent zero-COVID coverage however Seoul has been easing restrictions, citing an improved COVID state of affairs within the neighbouring nation.
“Additional easing of quarantine measures appear possible as the positive rate among arrivals from China has dropped from 18.4 percent in the first week of January to 0.6 percent in the third week of February,” Kim Sung-ho, a vice ministerial official at South Korea’s Ministry of Interior and Safety, stated on Wednesday throughout a gathering on responses to the COVID pandemic.
Mandatory PCR assessments 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 rules.
South Korea earlier resumed issuing short-term visas for travellers from China, with Beijing following by lifting comparable visa curbs imposed in an earlier retaliatory move in opposition to Seoul’s border restrictions.