South Korean authorities have announced that the country will significantly increase its number of international flights per week from May 2022, as COVID-19 infections continue to decline.
A total of 100 government-authorized weekly flights to destinations including the United States, Europe, Singapore and Thailand will again be active, where quarantine exemptions and visa-free entry are permitted.
As pandemic-induced restrictions and restrictions are being lifted by countries around the world, South Korea’s Interior and Security Minister Jeon Hae-cheol announced the positive development, which will also be beneficial for the country’s economy.
Everything you need to know about new international flights from May 2022
As the country continues to ease anti-coronavirus rules and travel restrictions due to falling Omicron infections, an additional 100 weekly international flights will be added to the list in June, as reported by the Department of Transport. . Subsequently, another 300 flights will be active from July, enabling people to fulfill their long-awaited summer travel plans this year.
Currently, only 420 international flights serve South Korea per week, a sharp drop from the pre-pandemic number of 4,714 weekly flights.
“Demand for overseas visits is expected to increase as countries that have passed the peak of the Omicron wave have relaxed quarantine policies,” Jeon said in a statement.
Updated rules related to COVID-19 in South Korea
With COVID-19 cases declining over the past three weeks and virtually no reports of new infections, South Korea is set to lift most travel restrictions and domestic measures related to the virus later this month. .
While people will no longer be required to wear masks when outdoors, fully vaccinated foreign travelers will not be subject to mandatory quarantine upon arrival. The country has also removed national vaccination mandates.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency recorded 286,294 new cases for April 5, a far cry from the record number of 621,328 cases seen in mid-March.
With positive developments reported regarding air travel, the country’s stock market has also reacted accordingly. Korean Air’s stock prices rose 1.7% after the announcement, in contrast to a 0.9% drop in the broader market.
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