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Gimhae International resumes overseas arrivals

△ International travelers will once again land in Gimhae. (Source: Busan Ilbo)

While international travel from Gimhae International Airport has been possible since Sept. 8, weekly overseas flights to Gimhae will resume on Dec. 3 from Qingdao, China. City Hall will decide thereafter whether or not to add additional flights after evaluating the success of quarantine measures. 

With the global spread of the novel coronavirus, the Central Disease Control Headquarters has been managing overseas arrivals and their two-week quarantine periods to Incheon International Airport since April 6. City Hall has been in contact with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport since July to address inconveniences and difficulties of travel for Busan residents traveling abroad and has pushed to resume overseas arrivals. 

To ensure safe entry, Busan has been working with local governments and agencies for several months to come up with a quarantine procedure similar to the one Incheon International Airport runs. After garnering the support of the Korea Airports Corporation, it was finally decided that Gimhae International Airport would resume international entries. The move was praised by acting mayor Byeon Seongwan, who pledged safe passage for travelers coming to Busan.