Starting from October 1, visitors to South Korea are no longer required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival as the East Asian nation joins the list of countries that have done away with all restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement was made on Friday by the health authorities in South Korea, keeping in mind the gradual decline in infections in the country.
With this, Korea will no longer have any travel-related Covid-19 restrictions, as the authorities had previously already lifted pre-arrival PCR tests and mandatory quarantine for tourists.
The news has been welcomed by tourism stakeholders as it would boost the tourist traffic to South Korea. “I am delighted with this new development, since this directly affects how people travel and perceive Korea as a travel destination. The news of all travel restrictions being removed, gives us renewed motivation to conduct our various marketing activities in the Indian market for promotion of travel to South Korea,” says Young-geul Choi, Director, Korea Tourism Organization, New Delhi.
Since re-opening of South Korea to foreign visitors from June of this year, KTO New Delhi office has been actively engaged in multiple promotional activities with special focus on the luxury and educational tours segments.
According to a press release, in the coming weeks, KTO New Delhi also plans to engage directly with fans of K-Culture and give them a taste of Korea in India, through various consumer events, in collaboration with other Korean organisations in India.
Promotion of Korea travel packages, including special segments like Hallyu and ESG is already ongoing with OTA and travel agency partners, with more collaborations planned in the later part of this year.