From April 1, South Korea will welcome back international travellers on a quarantine-free basis. As other Asian countries, the main source of medical tourists for South Korea, open their borders, there will be a gradual return of medical tourists, mostly for cosmetic surgery.
There is a catch however. The country is only allowing in people whose final vaccine dose is less than six months old or who have had a booster shot.
Travellers are required to upload their vaccine records to Korea’s Q-CODE system and must also present proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure.
The relaxed rules apply to all nationalities except Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar, who must continue to quarantine for seven days. These four produce very few medical tourists, although a few thousand normally come from Uzbekistan.