The South Korean government officially announced today the promotion of the Travel Bubble (Travel) program, which restricts the opening of general tourism, and has conducted preliminary discussions with Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, Saipan and other areas with good epidemic prevention conditions, and will formally discuss specific measures afterwards.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued a press release today, announcing the resumption of international tourism activities under appropriate anti-epidemic regulations. The initial plan is to open and complete COVID-19 vaccinations for general travel in and out of groups. activity.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Culture and Sports have discussed and agreed on safe tourism areas with countries that are trustworthy in the epidemic prevention situation, and then cooperate with epidemic prevention authorities to implement them in accordance with the epidemic situation. However, the specific plan is still to be finally discussed with the applicable objects.
The South Korean side has expressed its willingness to select safe tourism areas with Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, Saipan and other countries and regions, and will formally negotiate afterwards.
According to the press release, after the opening of the tourism bubble, the number of direct flights and boarding rates, as well as the upper limit of the number of tourist arrivals, etc., will be determined based on the local epidemic situation. According to the current discussion, the overall arrangement is about 1 to 2 flights per week. If the boarding rate is 60 % Calculation, more than 200 people are allowed to take the plane at most.
Applicable subjects must submit a negative confirmation and vaccination certificate when entering the country, and then undergo PCR screening after entering the country. If the result is negative, they can go on a sightseeing itinerary. If there are suspected symptoms on the way, they must be notified immediately.
As of midnight today, a total of 714,384 people in South Korea have completed the first dose of vaccination, and 24,750 people have completed two doses, accounting for 4.5% of the national population.
Yonhap News Agency quoted the Korea Travel Industry Association to estimate that if 30% of those who have completed the vaccination then want to travel abroad, the overseas travel market may return to the level of 50% in 2019.
(Central News Agency)