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South Korea removes vaccination requirement for quarantine-free travel

Travel restrictions in the region continue to simplify, with South Korea scrapping vaccination as a requirement for quarantine-free entry, though a negative pre-departure test is still needed.

There’s more simplicity for South Korea trips from today, with the country no longer requiring visitors or returning residents to be vaccinated in order to enter without undergoing quarantine on arrival, though a pre-departure PCR or ART test will still be required.


A post-arrival PCR test is also on the cards, within three days of arrival. While it is recommended to take the test on the first day, there is no self-isolation period enforced, even if you wish to take it later.

Vaccination requirement scrapped

Last week South Korea’s Prime Minister Han Duck-soo confirmed that the country would no longer impose a quarantine requirement for unvaccinated travellers arriving from overseas from 8th June, following a stabilisation of the country’s COVID-19 situation.

“From 08 June 2022 onwards, quarantine exemption will be extended to all travellers including unvaccinated individuals.”

Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Singapore

Prior to 8th June 2022, unvaccinated returning Korean residents had to quarantine for seven days at their place of residence, while unvaccinated short-term visitors had to book a designated quarantine facility for their seven-day stay at a cost of KRW 1,500,000 (~S$1,640) per person.

Earlier this month South Korea also started allowing unvaccinated children aged 6 to 11 years of age to enter with fully vaccinated parents (previously only those aged 0-5 were exempt), but this latest relaxation of all vaccination requirements means children of all ages are now able to travel.