The Marianas continues to be exempted from South Korea’s 10-day mandatory quarantine for all travelers entering the country, an added plus for the growing number of South Korean travelers making the island archipelago their destination of choice.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has extended the Marianas exemption through Jan. 6, 2021, for passengers under the travel bubble agreement between the two destinations and also based on other factors. The quarantine requirement otherwise includes citizens and foreigners entering South Korea, who have to quarantine for 10 days on arrival regardless of their vaccination status.
“We are very grateful to KDCA and the Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for granting Gov. Torres’ request for the Marianas to be exempted from the 10-day quarantine,” said Marianas Visitors Authority board chairwoman Viola Alepuyo. “This demonstrates that they are largely satisfied with the protections that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and CNMI COVID-19 Task Force are working to ensure for both the local community and our visitors. It is also instrumental in our continued economic recovery that has been successfully jumpstarted by the Tourism Resumption Investment Plan.”
The quarantine exemption applies to fully vaccinated passengers who have purchased a Marianas travel product from travel agencies in Korea for at least two people.
The number of arriving visitors to the Marianas from South Korea is anticipated to double beginning in early January to about 1,000 visitors per week. Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air, and T’way are each anticipated to increase their weekly flights from one time to two times a week in January. Instead of seven nights or more, many visitors will likely stay for only three or four nights, a travel pattern similar to arrivals before the COVID-19 pandemic. (PR)