S. Korea to discuss July travel bubble


South Korea is talking with Singapore about opening its first “travel bubble” in July, which would allow vaccinated travellers on direct flights to bypass quarantine.

Health officials said yesterday the country has also proposed bubbles with Taiwan, Thailand and the US Pacific territories of Guam and Saipan as they look to ease pandemic-related travelling restrictions to revive ailing tourism and airline industries.

South Korea currently mandates two-week quarantines on most passengers arriving from abroad.

Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho said the country will initially open its travel bubbles only to fully vaccinated travellers arriving on direct flights and group tours who could be monitored by their travel agencies.

To bypass quarantine, bubble travellers must have vaccination documents and be cleared by Covid-19 tests upon arrival. — AP

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