Visitors with COVID Passports Exempt from Quarantine

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    June 14, 2021 10:01

    Fully vaccinated travelers will be exempt from quarantine on arrival here from next month, the government said Sunday.

    The government recognizes coronavirus vaccines from AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm and Sinovac, which must have been administered at least two weeks before traveling. In the case of two-dose vaccines, both shots must have been received in the same country.

    Only arrivals from hotspots will still have to quarantine. They are Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

    The U.K. was excluded, because the COVID-19 variant found there was determined to be low-risk and vaccines are effective against it. India is also excluded because scientific evidence on the variant found there is still insufficient.

    The number of at-risk countries could grow pending further evaluation.

    Travelers wait to board flights at Gimpo International Airport on Sunday. /Newsis

    Travelers must also present negative tests no older than 72 hours on arrival in Korea and have two more tests, one on arrival and one a week later.

    They also need to install a self-diagnosis app on their smartphones to report any symptoms on a daily basis. People who submit forged documents can face up to a year in jail or a fine of up to W10 million (US$1=W1,115).

    Meanwhile, the daily tally of new coronavirus infections stood at 399 as of Monday morning, below 400 for the first time in over two months.

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