S.Korea to end quarantine requirement for unvaccinated arrivals

South Korea has decided to lift its weeklong quarantine requirement for unvaccinated people entering the country, effective from next Wednesday.

A government taskforce made the decision on Friday, in response to a recent decline in coronavirus cases. Authorities said on Friday that 12,542 new cases were confirmed the previous day. Local media say that's the lowest figure announced on a Friday in 19 weeks.

Government officials say arrivals will still be required to present proof of a negative test result and undergo a PCR test within three days of entry.

They also decided to normalize the number of international flights at Incheon International Airport and end restrictions on nighttime operations there.
The measures have been in place since April 2020.

Government officials are also discussing a resumption of regular flights between Gimpo International Airport near Seoul and Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said the government will not become complacent despite the improved infection situation. He promised to secure the necessary medical resources to prepare for a resurgence of infections.