South Korea removes pre-departure tests for international arrivals

South Korea has lifted the pre-departure Covid-test requirement for inbound travellers starting September 3.

The new rule came after a state infectious disease advisory committee recommended the government scrap the mandatory pre-travel PCR tests for international arrivals.

Travellers to South Korea no longer need to do pre-departure Covid tests

Previously, those inbound were required to show a negative result within 48 hours of their PCR tests or within 24 hours of their rapid antigen tests to enter the country.

Travellers are still required to take a PCR test within the first 24 hours of their arrival in South Korea and upload the test result on a Q-code website.

The government will also introduce the retooled Covid-19 vaccines known to be more effective for the more dominant BA.5 Omicron variant later this year – those aged 60 and over, or with underlying health conditions, will be prioritised for inoculation.

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