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South Korea Expands Mandatory Two-week Quarantine to All Arrivals from Abroad
Entry for Non-essential Purposes Discouraged
South Korea Expands Mandatory Two-week Quarantine to All Arrivals from Abroad
  • By Choi Moon-hee
  • March 30, 2020, 09:00
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Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun presides over a Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters’ meeting on March 28.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced on March 29 that mandatory two-week quarantine will be applied to every person who enters South Korea after March 31.

The prime minister presided over the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters’ meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic in Seoul on March 29. There, he remarked that additional measures are necessary in view of the rapid global spread of the pandemic although the South Korean government already strengthened the quarantine of those entering South Korea from the United States and Europe.

“The mandatory quarantine will be expanded to cover short-staying foreigners so that entry for non-essential purposes such as tourism can be blocked,” he explained, adding, “Those without address in South Korea will be quarantined for two weeks in facilities provided by the government and the cost of the quarantine will be charged.”