Before the lockdowns throughout Asia (and then most of the rest of the world), Korea was the last country I visited, and I nearly got locked down in Seoul. Although Seoul is one of my favorite places, I did not want to spend an indefinite period there not knowing what was coming next.

I recently spent two weeks in Korea meeting with customers and local representatives of one of my clients. It was great to be back on Korea seeing old friends and colleagues, and eating Korean food. It was great to see everyone face-to-face rather than the Teams/Zoom/WhatsApp/KakaoTalk video meetings of the past two and a half years.

Travel to Korea was relatively easy with updated vaccines and a negative PCR test. Masking is still quite common, although–like Japan–it was before the COVID pandemic. Nonetheless, Korea is open for business.