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  • 300 Days of Special Transport for +100,000 International Arrivals with Zero Spread of Infections

  • Welfare, Health & Security News SMG 1127

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has been operating special taxis for transporting international arrivals from Incheon Airport since April 2, 2020 for the fundamental prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and safe transportation of arriving passengers through thorough disinfection management. The special taxis have transported 357 individuals per day on average, a total of 103,934 for 300 days. The taxis are playing a key role in resolving the anxiety of local residents by helping travelers return home safely as well as thoroughly blocking the source of infections from abroad.

    In particular, 377 travel taxis and call vans with foreign language service available are on call for communication with foreigners as 25% of arrivals are foreign travelers. There are information desks near Terminals 1 and 2 of Incheon Airport for international arrivals to conveniently use the service. This measure enables the SMG to be responsible for the whole movement of overseas arrivals from Incheon Airport → designated screening clinics → place for self-quarantine (for two weeks) and fundamentally block contact with local residents.

    ○ Fare for Each Section of Travel Taxi for Foreigners

    Fare for Each Section of Travel Taxi for Foreigners
    Zone Incheon Airport to Seoul Fare
    Mid-sized Large-sized
    A Gangseo KRW 65,000 KRW 95,000
    B Yangcheon, Guro, Yeongdeungpo, Mapo, Eunpyeong, Seodaemun KRW 70,000 KRW 100,000
    C Geumcheon, Gwanak, Dongjak, Yongsan, Junggu Jongno KRW 80,000 KRW 110,000
    D Seocho, Gangnam, Seongdong, Dongdaemun, Seongbuk, Gangbuk KRW 85,000 KRW 120,000
    E Songpa, Gangdong, Gwangjin, Jungnang, Nowon, Dobong KRW 90,000 KRW 130,000

    The taxis for special transportation are under strict disinfection management: ① partition installed between the driver and passenger; ② thorough disinfection and ventilation of vehicles by drivers after passengers get off; ③ regular use of hand sanitizers for drivers and passengers. As a result, no driver of the taxis has been infected while transporting infected travelers and such a great number of citizens totaling 104,000.

    The SMG has plans to continue operating the safe transport system with the taxis for special transportation until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SMG will thoroughly control the infectious disease and practice strict disinfection in order to fundamentally cut off the risks of its spread, enforcing the drivers of taxis for foreigners to receive COVID-19 testing at least once a month.