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Tuesday 31 August 2021

South Korea opens its doors to European travellers

South Korea will this week lift entry restrictions for visitors from European Union member states. 

The visa waiver and visa-free entry programs for EU and Schengen Area countries will restart on September 1, Travel Mole reported.

Visits had been suspended since April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

There is a a reciprocal deal  allowing South Korean nationals to stay up to 90 days when they enter the  EU.

France and Germany had already separately lifted restrictions for arrivals from South Korea, whose capital Seoul is pictured above

Those from EU countries as well as non-EU Schengen Zone countries, such as Norway and Iceland, can also travel to South Korea without visas for up to 90 days. 

They will, however, still be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

When their purpose of visit is work or employment, they still need to obtain visas, the Korean national news agency Yonhap reported.  

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