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The American carrier Delta Airlines has recently announced that all nonstop services between the US and South Korea will resume very soon.
Delta just informed that starting on October 2, they will operate from two of its global hubs, between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN).
Initially, the carrier will serve three flights per week and increase the frequency to daily services a few weeks later, on October 29. The carrier will also resume operations in Seoul, Korea, from Seattle on July 12, and services from Atlanta and Detroit to Seoul will increase to daily services starting on August 2.
By resuming these services, Delta would have restored its connection to Korea to its pre-pandemic levels in 2019. Great news for those interested in visiting this country that had been restricting tourism during the pandemic, and opened frontiers a few months ago when South Korea reopened for tourism.
Matteo Curcio, Delta’s VP for Asia Pacific, said: “As travel restrictions ease, international and business travel is expected to drive the next leg of Delta’s recovery.” And added: “Recent demand has been strong in Asian markets, especially in Korea, as they have rolled back COVID-era travel restrictions. Full restoration of the airline’s Korean network is a positive indicator of what’s to come for the rest of the Asia region.”
For these long-haul services, travelers will also be able to enjoy Delta’s new menu options and even try the new plant-based meals like impossible burgers and lamb meatballs made with vegan products.
About Delta’s Services from Minneapolis to Seoul
For this service from Minneapolis to Seoul, Delta will use Airbus A350-900 aircraft and travelers will be able to choose from Delta’s different travel experiences: from Main Cabin to Delta Premium Select to Delta One Suites.
Starting in October 2 and October 3, these will be the new flight schedules from Minneapolis to Seoul:
- From Minneapolis (MSP) to Seoul (ICN): Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Departs at 2: 25pm and arrives the next day at 5:20pm.
- From Seoul (ICN) to Minneapolis (MSP): Every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Departs at 7:40 pm and arrives at 5:35 pm the same day.
Starting in October 28 and 29 the schedules will change to:
- From Minneapolis (MSP) to Seoul (ICN): Daily services. Departs at 11:05 am and arrives the next day at 3:30pm.
- From Seoul (ICN) to Minneapolis (MSP): Daily services. Departs at 7:25pm and arrives at 4:40pm the same day.
Korea Entry Requirements For US Citizens
Vaccinated US travelers interested in visiting South Korea this year should stay tuned with the most recent news and updates. There are a few requirements that tourists must comply with before, during, and after arrival.
According to the most recent information updated on June 16, American citizens must provide a negative covid-19 test before entering, a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test. All travelers are also required to take a PCR test within the next 3 days after arrival. Those visiting for just a few days can take the test at the airport, inside the Incheon International Airport, or also at another medical center at their own expense.
If the test is negative, the traveler will not have to quarantine but will have to make a follow-up rapid antigen test 6 to 7 days after arrival that can be taken at their accommodation or at a nearby clinic. If the test is positive, travelers will be transferred to a hospital or health center, depending on the severity of the case.
Before travel, American tourists can fill out a Health Questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration and submit it online, using the Q-code system, but should also print them in case these are required at the airport. Travelers can also fill it in the plane, the airline should provide the required forms. After arrival, travelers will get a temperature check and the documents verified.
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