South Korea suspends vaccine pass

South Korea is suspending the use of the COVID-19 vaccine pass nationwide from Tuesday, citing a high vaccination rate and continuing legal challenges.

The move comes more than two months since vaccine passes were introduced extensively in early December. While the mandate is lifted, people are no longer required to present proof of being fully vaccinated or have negative test results to enter public places.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Monday said the passes were being scrapped for the time being “in the wake of growing discord over their necessity amid a high vaccine uptake.” The ministry however stressed that the suspension was temporary and that it could be reinstated if circumstances require.

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In addition, plans for a vaccine pass for minors 18 and under, which was set to come into force from April 1, have also been put on hold.


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