S. Korea to require overseas travelers to take PCR test on day of arrival starting Monday

With new cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise, starting tomorrow, South Korea is going to require people entering the country to take a PCR test on the day they arrive.

Nursing homes will also have to reimpose stricter rules on visits.

South Korea confirmed more than 65-thousand new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

This is the highest for a Sunday in about three months.

Of those new cases, about 330 were from overseas.

The number of critically ill patients stood at 146, the highest figure in almost two months.

Starting Monday, all those arriving in South Korea will have to take a PCR test on the day they arrive, as part of the government’s efforts to prevent the further spread of the virus during summer vacation season.

South Korean citizens and long-term travelers will be able to take the test for free at their local public health centers.

Those staying in the country for a short period of time are advised to take the test at the testing center located inside the airport.

Those who test positive must quarantine for 7 days.

The rules for overseas arrivals had been eased last month, giving them up to 3 days to take the PCR test.

But this has been tightened again as the country deals with another wave of the virus.

Since late June, the BA-5 variant, now dominant, has been spreading quickly.

Also starting Monday, tighter rules will be in place for nursing homes.

Visitors will not be allowed to make physical contact with nursing home residents, and will only be able to meet with them through a glass window.

Workers in these facilities will need to take a PCR test once a week, if three months have not passed since they received their fourth vaccine dose or if they have contracted COVID-19 in the past 45 days.

The new stricter measures come as the country sees a rise in number of cases among people who are fully vaccinated and boosted.

© Arirang News