Saipan, a resort island in the Pacific Ocean, has become the first non-isolated overseas travel destination since the corona crisis.
On the 30th, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport held a signing ceremony for an agreement to implement the Travel Bubble (travel safety zone) with Saipan (US Northern Mariana Islands) at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. The signing ceremony will be attended by Second Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Hwang Seong-gyu and Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph Torres. If Korea and Saipan sign an agreement, it will be Korea’s first travel bubble implementation case. The road to overseas travel, which has been virtually halted since the corona crisis, is finally open.
According to the agreement between South Korea and Saipan, tourists must pass 14 days after completing vaccinations approved by their own health authorities, and a certificate of vaccination issued by the local health authority and a negative confirmation of COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours prior to departure. must possess When you arrive in the area, you must use the Travel Bubble-only accommodation, and you can only travel to tourist spots designated by the local authorities.
In the case of Saipan, there are many large resort hotels such as PIC, Kensington Hotel, and Hyatt Hotel, so there is no difficulty in operating designated accommodation. Many resorts have beaches that are only accessible to guests. Asiana Airlines and other domestic airlines have announced the resumption of flights to Saipan departing after July 24. As of June 29, the cumulative number of corona cases in the Northern Mariana Islands is 183, and the second dose of the corona vaccine is 63% of the total population.
Kim Hong-rak, head of the International Aviation Division of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, said, “I hope that the signing of this agreement will meet the demand for travel that has been suppressed by the corona virus and help the recovery of the aviation and tourism industries.”
By Son Min-ho, staff reporter [email protected]