South Korea Implements New COVID-19 Prevention Rules for Foreigners Receiving 'Controversy'


Cases of COVID-19 continue to haunt people in several countries. Although the COVID-19 pandemic in several countries has gradually improved, it does not mean that the pandemic has completely disappeared.

Both the government and the public still have to remain vigilant and comply with various applicable policies or rules, in order to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, especially with the presence of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

South Korea is one of the countries that has implemented new rules for the prevention of COVID-19 for foreign nationals or foreigners. Launching Reuters, since last Monday (6/12), South Korea began to impose stricter rules to prevent the increase in the spread of the virus or infection with COVID-19 or its new variant, Omicron.

Although the tightening policy is good enough to be carried out for the common good, unfortunately the policy has also drawn controversy and the pros and cons. The reason is that in South Korea, in the new COVID-19 prevention rules, some foreign residents who have been vaccinated outside South Korea or other countries are prohibited from visiting public places such as cafes, restaurants, and even cinemas.

The country of Ginseng recognizes the status of the corona virus vaccination of South Korean citizens who received the vaccine abroad, but not with foreigners who received the vaccine from outside South Korea.

Simply put, regarding the new policy, they only allow Korean residents or other foreign residents to visit public places on the 'condition' they have been vaccinated in South Korea.

Meanwhile, foreign residents or foreigners who are allowed to visit cafes, restaurants, cinemas, or receive other relaxed rules are foreigners who have an interest in visiting South Korea for educational, business and humanitarian purposes. Of course, this is allowed after the foreigners carry out self-quarantine first.

It's not clear how many people will be affected by the new policy in South Korea, but the issue has caught the attention of several foreign embassies who have been 'lobbying' for weeks for changes [on relaxation of rules for foreigners].

Stephen Burns, a spokesman for the British embassy in Seoul, explained that they were debating an urgent review of guidelines to ensure fair treatment for foreigners and Koreans vaccinated abroad, he told Reuters.

The problem for foreigners with unregistered vaccines is made more acute as previous rules requiring government vaccine permits or negative COVID-19 tests to enter gyms, saunas and bars have now been expanded to include cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other public places.

Earlier, in March, authorities in several major cities including Seoul in South Korea sparked an uproar by ordering all foreign workers to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. However, some of those actions were dropped following complaints by the embassy and human rights investigations.

Seeing the development of this new policy in South Korea, it seems that you have to postpone the desire to vacation in South Korea. The reason is that foreigners who get concessions in South Korea are those with an interest in business affairs, education, and humanitarian activities. So, patiently waiting, huh!

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