In anticipation of overseas travel… The ‘travel bubble’ system attracts attention

The departure hall at Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 is empty. yunhap news

As the government announced that it would allow overseas group travel as early as next month only for those who have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Korea, netizens are paying attention to the ‘Travel bubble’ system mentioned together. .

According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on the 9th, this system refers to a ‘travel safety zone’ where you can travel to some countries where the COVID-19 epidemic situation is stable. Entry and exit for general travel is permitted by submitting a negative confirmation of PCR test between ‘Countries Trusted in Quarantine’, or a certificate of vaccination or self-quarantine exemption upon arrival and testing negative for COVID-19.

Earlier, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said at a meeting of the Corona 19 Response Headquarters presided over at the government complex in Sejong on the same day, “We plan to allow group travel as early as July only for those who have completed vaccinations after consulting with countries with stable quarantine conditions.” “The airline and travel industry have been severely hit by restrictions on cross-border travel for a long time, and more and more people are hoping to resume overseas travel,” he said.

He said, “After completing the vaccination, if a negative test is confirmed upon entry and exit, it will be possible to travel without separate isolation,” he said.

The biggest reason that the government has placed restrictions on overseas group travel is that travel agencies are easy to manage. It seems that these benefits came from the fact that the quarantine status check system was established by checking the authenticity of the vaccination certificate or the movement of travelers. The authenticity of the certificate is cross-verified by the travel agency and the government, and the travel agency is obliged to manage whether travelers comply with quarantine rules on all itineraries. Whether the guide will be in charge of the accompanying quarantine manager or a separate manpower will be decided in a discussion between the government and the travel agency, the major script said.

However, the size of the tourist, the biggest concern, has not yet been specifically determined. Because the purpose of travel is to travel, it does not allow movement other than the designated route. The government explains that Koreans from countries subject to the travel bubble cannot come to Korea on a group tour and meet their family members living in Korea. In addition, it is impossible to travel for preschool children who are not eligible for vaccination and cannot obtain vaccination certificates in the first place.

It is known that Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Taiwan have become the target countries because these countries have provided relatively quick feedback on their intention to pursue the scheme.

While acknowledging the possibility of the introduction of mutated viruses due to international tourism, the government believes that it is possible to prevent the inflow of mutated viruses in advance through strict adherence to quarantine guidelines because travel is permitted within a controllable range.

Meanwhile, the government announced that it will decide on the entry of those who receive vaccines that have not been approved by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, such as China’s ‘Sinopharm’ or Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’, after looking at the vaccination status of the two countries and discussing them.

By Kim Dong-hwan, staff reporter [email protected]

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