South Korea to scrap COVID tests for arrivals in boost for travel

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Travellers to the country will no longer be required to present a negative coronavirus test result starting on Saturday.

South Korea will scrap pre-departure COVID-19 tests for arrivals, lifting some of the last pandemic-related border controls in a boost to the country’s beleaguered travel industry. Travellers to the country will no longer be required to present a negative coronavirus test result.

The change comes after a government advisory committee recommended ending mandatory pre departure PCR tests for inbound travellers. Travellers will still need to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in the country.

South Korea is among the region’s last economies to hold onto strict border controls, though China, which has an ultra-strict “zero COVID” strategy, Japan and Taiwan continue to impose extensive barriers to travel.

Asian countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia have lifted testing requirements in recent months as the region welcomes back travel after relying heavily on border restrictions earlier in the pandemic.

South Korea lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated tourists in April and dropped quarantine for all arrivals regardless of vaccination status in July. Tourists have been slow to return, however, with passenger traffic at main gateway Incheon Airport in July reaching less than one-quarter of pre-pandemic levels.

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