South Korea announced on Wednesday, April 28th that anyone who has received both doses of the Corona virus vaccination in Korea will be exempt of quarantine obligations. Yoon Tae-ho, head of the quarantine division at the Central Accident Control Headquarters, said this in a regular briefing on the 28th. There are some guidelines, such as:
- The vaccination process must have happened in Korea.
- You must have received both doses.
- You must have a negative result on the COVID-19 test.
- You must not show any related symptoms.
- You may begin traveling two weeks after your final shot (but you will be monitored and given two COVID tests in that time period before being allowed to travel).
- South African and Brazilian residents cannot be exempted currently due to the prevalent amount of new strains appearing in these countries.
This exemption will include people who have come in contact with a Coronavirus patient as well as those who have traveled abroad and are returning to Korea. This is happening in hopes to encourage more of the Korean population to receive their vaccines and to reach herd immunity by November.
Though this may not yet make your goals of coming to South Korea easier, this is a big step towards achieving mass herd immunity around the world that could open borders up even sooner. As Korea has been an exemplary country in its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, other countries may follow suit and encourage their citizens to also receive their vaccines in order to travel.
Current South Korean residents will be some of the first around the world to receive these guaranteed benefits once completing their vaccinations, as they hope to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated by September. These new rules in regard to quarantining will take effect on May 5th. They will affect all residents, regardless of nationality (aside from the ones previously mentioned in the article as unable to be exempt).