South Korea further extends outbound travel restrictions even as national vaccination rate climbs

The South Korean government has once again extended its special advisory against overseas travel for another month, this time until October 13, 2021.

The current advisory was supposed to expire on September 13.

South Korea will likely achieve her goal of inoculating 70 per cent of the population before the end-October target

With this advisory, citizens are urged to cancel or postpone trips abroad.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the extension was necessary as many countries continue to struggle with outbreaks of Covid-19 variants, the foreign ministry said.

The cautious approach comes as South Korea ramps up her national vaccination programme, with president Moon Jae-in noting today that 36 million residents will have at least their first Covid-19 vaccine shot ahead of the Chuseok holiday next week, from September 20 to 22.

The government plans to get 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated by end-October, and it expects the goal to be achieved earlier.

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