According to Korean media reports, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, South Korean military officers and men’s vacation and exit control restrictions extended to February 14th.
South Korea’s Ministry of Defense said on the 1st that, taking into account the government’s anti epidemic response measures, the “camp level 2.5 anti epidemic response” measures currently implemented by all troops will be extended for another two weeks to February 14.
Since November 26, 2020, all troops in South Korea have implemented the “level 2.5 epidemic prevention response in the battalion” measure. It has been stipulated that all officers and soldiers are not allowed to take leave or go out, except for leave before discharge and part of leave, and military cadres should postpone or cancel party and dinner activities. However, recruits who joined the army before October 1 and have never taken leave can apply for leave for a limited period from February 3, 2021.
In order to prevent the spread of the epidemic in the army, the Ministry of defense will implement nucleic acid detection (PCR) for officers and soldiers when they return from leave and at the end of two-week isolation, and specify a unified return date for new recruits on leave.