South Korea to require Covid tests for travellers from China

SEOUL, Dec 30 — South Korea claimed on Friday it will impose mandatory Covid-19 assessments on travellers from China, joining the United States, Japan and other nations around the world in taking new border steps following Beijing’s choice to lift stringent zero-Covid policies.

South Korea would also prohibit issuing brief-term visas for Chinese nationals till the stop of next thirty day period and quickly halt expanding flights from China when employing Incheon International Airport as the only gateway for any flights from the neighbouring nation, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo stated.

Successful Jan. 5, travellers from China would be expected to submit a destructive result from a PCR test no additional than 48 hrs or a fast antigen check taken inside 24 several hours in advance of departure, and undertake yet another PCR take a look at on arrival beginning Jan. 2, officials said.

“We want to urgently get ready for any domestic ripple consequences subsequent China’s easing of quarantine policies,” Han reported. “We will get ready to acquire more robust actions in case the condition will get worse, if we see a fast improve of infections from new arrivals or appearance of new variants.”

China this thirty day period started dismantling the world’s strictest Covid routine of lockdowns and considerable testing in an abrupt alter of coverage, prompting nations around the world to impose or consider imposing curbs on travellers from China amid a surge in conditions there. — Reuters