South Korea is moving to an endemic phase with the Covid-19, although they registered close to 400K confirmed infections on Saturday.
South Korea will welcome fully vaccinated visitors without the current seven-night quarantine from March 21, 2022.
South Koreans and visitors who are considered fully vaccinated don’t need to quarantine from March 21, 2022, when entering the country. However, this requires that vaccination history has been registered on a local COOV app.
The country will welcome visitors who have been fully vaccinated but don’t have the vaccinated history registered on the app from April 1, 2022. The vaccination status is checked at the time of entry.
Visitors and South Koreans will be allowed to use public transportation from the airport from April 1, 2022. They must use private cars or quarantine approved taxis to their destination until then.
South Korea considered fully vaccinated those that have had a booster or have received full vaccination schedule within the past 180 days.
UPDATE: A PCR-RT test is no longer required to enter the country, but cheaper and faster rapid antigen tests are also acceptable. This is now unclear based on the reports coming from Korea. It could be that you need to have pre-departure and arrival PCR-RT tests and an antigen follow-up on the day 6/7.
If South Korea doesn’t consider fully vaccinated, visitors need to quarantine for seven nights.
The relaxed entry rules won’t apply to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar visitors.
Countries in Asia are now quickly reopening while having their highest number of daily Covid-19 cases of the pandemic.
I am glad that South Korea is now removing all the entry requirements beyond being fully vaccinated plus antigen test.