South Korea on Friday announced plans to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated foreign travelers from March 21.

Before that, travelers entering South Korea had to undergo seven days of self-quarantine. The ministry informed that people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus upon entering South Korea will be exempted from self-quarantine.

Here fully vaccinated people only refer to people who have received two vaccines for COVID-19 two weeks ago but less than 180 days ago. Havere, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Myanmar are excluded from the self-quarantine exemption.

However, international travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test twice on days six and seven after entering South Korea.

The East Asian nation on Saturday recorded a new daily record tally of 383,665 COVID-19 cases. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency shared the information amid a rise in omicron cases in the country.

On the other hand, Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Cambodia reopened their borders to tourists in November. But in December, shortly after Omicron, Thailand suspended most tourist arrivals, but again on 1 February, tourism resumed under their "Test and Go" program.


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