Korea drops pre-departure COVID-19 testing as of Sept. 3, 2022
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Korea ready to resume visa-free entry for Canadians

TORONTO — Canada has been added to Korea’s visa-free entry list, effective April 1, 2022.

According to a special announcement issued yesterday by the Korea Tourism Organization, Canadian passport holders entering for leisure purposes will be granted entry to Korea for up to 180 days. This is the same system that was in place before the pandemic.

Canadians entering Korea visa-free will still need to complete a K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) prior to departure.

In related news, Korea’s 7-day quarantine requirement for overseas arrivals has been waived for travellers who are fully vaccinated.

However Korea will requires PCR test results before arrival (i.e. negative PCR test results taken within 48 hours from the date of departure). There’s also a PCR test requirement on the first day after arrival. The 6th – 7th day test requirement can be satisfied by rapid antigen test results (either self-test or taken at a medical institution).

Based on these new developments, the KTO Canada Office says it will be restarting FAM trips, co-promotions, webinars “and much more in support of your Korea products.”

KTO Canada invites all industry partners to contact its Canada office with any questions in regards to travel to Korea, entry, attractions, support and more, and adds: “We look forward to working with all our valued partners in the near future.”

For more information about the new entry requirements for travellers that are now applicable to Canadians, click here. For details about the quarantine exemptions, click here. And to apply for the K-ETA click here.

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