Now just worry about your luggage and ticket as inbound travelers like you can finally land in Seoul without undergoing some hassle testing. It was after the South Korean government lifted the Covid-19 restrictions on RT-PCR testing for foreign travelers and returning residents starting October 1 following the removal of its vaccination and quarantine requirements.
The announcement was confirmed by Second Vice Health Minister Lee Ki-il on the gradual decrease of the infection curve in the country. "The weekly number of infections has declined for the first time in nine weeks and the virus is showing signs of slowing down,” he said during the briefing.
Travelers, however, who showed symptoms upon three days of arrival can get free PCR testing at public health centers which could help you save $64 - $84 in price.
Despite seeing the country in its pandemic windup, incoming visitors are still advised to follow precautionary measures to avoid reinforcement of restrictions once the situation changes through the emergence of another wave that is foreseen around the first few months of 2023.
"We are at the final stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. We expect another wave in winter, but we will finally overcome the virus through thorough preparations," he added.
South Korea is among the countries around the world that made traveling easier in the new normal so better pack your things up - with a jacket and a mask as you move towards your dreams of living life like an Oppa.
Written by: Harold Lemon Tubiano
Lemon is a Broadcasting intern at PS Media Enterprise and a fourth-year BA Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines—Manila.