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South Korea opens short-term visa issuance for travellers from China

South Korea has resumed issuing short-term visas for travellers from China. The decision was made as China's COVID-19 infection wave has begun to subside. Kim Seong-ho, an interior ministry official, said the government will review gradually easing such COVID-19 restrictions for those coming from China after comprehensively assessing future virus situations. Starting this year, South Korea tightened curbs on travellers from China amid a surge in COVID-19 infections in the neighbouring nation, halting the issuance of short-term visas from its diplomatic missions in China and requiring arrivals from China to undergo a coronavirus test before and after their arrival. In South Korea, Kim noted that the downward virus curve has continued despite the lifting of the indoor mask mandate on Jan. 30.


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