The government tightened controls on incoming foreigners.
Starting from 13 July, all foreigner who arrives from the high risk countries shall present a negative PCR test result, which issued from testing/medical facilities designated and acknowledged by the Republic of Korea’s overseas embassies/consulates. In addition, the test result shall be issued within 48 hours prior to the departure time and it will be submitted while entering into South Korea. Those without the proof of negative test result will not be allowed to board flights to South Korea.The permitted foreigners will subject to the two-weeks quarantine upon arrival.
The government advised on the COVID-19 prevention measures in restaurants.
On 7 July, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) provided analysis of restaurant-related risk factors and advised caution to the public. The reported high risk behaviors at restaurant include
  • Drinking and talking with mask off or wore masks improperly
  • Long staying hours at confined space
  • Close contact between customers
  • Restaurants are not well ventilated

    The KCDC advised that in order to prevent transmissions at restaurants, the customers shall fulfill the following:
  • Avoid busy hours and minimise staying time
  • Sit staggered/zigzag if possible
  • Observe personal hygiene rules (hand washing, use of hand sanitiser before & after using serving utensils, wear a mask before entering restaurant and before & after having meals)
  • Avoid using shared utensils and glasses
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    Entry screening has been strengthened at sea ports.
    Starting from 1 July, the government will enforce tightened measures on entry screening at sea ports to prevent the import cases of COVID-19. The measures will be carried out by assessing the risk level of the country which the ship departed from, the level of contact among people on board, and risk level of people who are disembarking and entering Korea. A few measures were highlighted, including
  • All crew members disembarking to switch shifts will be tested and quarantined for 14 days. Foreign nationals who under quarantine will be allowed to leave the country before the quarantine period of 14 days provided if they are tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Temporary landing permission for crew members will be minimised. The individuals will be required to be tested and monitored with the Self-Check app if they are permitted to landing.
  • Contactless methods shall be employed while loading or unloading cargo. The process shall strictly adhere to the mask wearing and other infection prevention measures.
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