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Coronavirus

South Korea to lift quarantine for non-vaccinated visitors

Move starts next Wednesday, but arrivals will still need negative PCR test

People wearing face masks wait to check in at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on March 25.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's prime minister on Friday said the country will lift its quarantine requirement for foreign arrivals without vaccination from June 8 and also start lifting aviation regulations imposed for international flights.

However, the government will maintain the requirement of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result prior to entry and a PCR test within 72 hours after arrival.

"While there was a seven-day quarantine obligation for non-vaccinated foreign arrivals until now, such requirement will be eliminated from June 8 regardless of their vaccination status," Prime Minister Han Duck-soo told a pandemic response meeting, adding the country's COVID-19 situation had stabilized.

Han said any aviation regulations imposed at Incheon International Airport will be lifted from June 8 to ensure that flights can operate in a timely manner, as current restrictions on flights and flight operation times have caused inconvenience such as lack of tickets and rising prices.

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