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S.Korea lifts on-arrival PCR test requirement from October 1

By Minh Duy

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HCMC – South Korea has announced it would remove the on-arrival Covid-19 PCR testing requirement for foreign visitors from Saturday, October 1.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in Vietnam, those traveling to South Korea will only be requested to enter their information on the website https://cov19ent.kdca.go.kr and get a code for entry procedures.

The removal of the PCR test requirement on arrival is one of the new regulations on some of the last pandemic-related border controls, aiming to boost tourism recovery.

Those who show symptoms within three days of their arrival can get a free PCR test at a public health center, the South Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare said.

South Korea received some 80,000 Vietnamese visitors from January to August, KTO reported. With the lifting of Covid-19 control measures, the number of Vietnamese travelers to the country is expected to surge, the agency added.

It aimed for a target of 150,000 Vietnamese tourists this year. South Korea recorded 550,000 Vietnamese travelers to the country in 2019 before the pandemic.

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