COVID-19 Info for Visitors

Short-term visitors

Special Entry Procedure
(from March 19 until further notice)

Mandatory Quarantine Instructions
for incoming travelers

Short-term visitors

  1. Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a Korean visa issued by the Korean Embassy or consular offices in their country.

    • Visa for non-urgent travels, including tourism, is suspended until further notice. Only visas for work, investment and other business purposes are being issued.
    • When applying for a visa, the following documents are required: Health Condition Report Form, Agreement to Facility Quarantine Form, and a medical diagnosis certificate issued by a medical institution within 48 hours of submitting the application.
    • Translation and notary requirement of the medical diagnosis certificate may vary by the Korean Embassy of your country
  2. I-PreChecking (IPC) procedure applied to all inbound travelers by plane

    • Traveler's personal information will be registered into the Immigration System of Korea's Ministry of Justice during the check-in process to assess whether the traveler falls under the COVID-19 travel regulations (i.e. travel records to dangerous area within the past 14 days, signs of COVID-19, etc.).
    • After 4 seconds, the Ministry of Justice will alert the check-in counter and prevent any travelers with possible danger from boarding.

Current status of visa for short-term visitors

  • Suspension of visa-waiver and visa-free entry programs applied to 90 countries (including countries in Europe and Americas) from April 13, 2020 until further notice
  • Countries: 56 Countries under Visa-Waiver Agreement including Thailand, Russia, France and others, as well as 34 countries with visa-free entry including Australia, Canada, and others.
  • Exceptions: A1 (Diplomatic) and A2 (Government official) passport holders, flight attendants, crewmen, and ABTC holders

Special Entry Procedure

Mandatory Quarantine Instructions for Incoming Travelers

Reference: Coronavirus Disease-19, Republic of Korea

<Mandatory Quarantine Instructions for All Incoming Travelers to Republic of Korea>

In accordance with the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, shall be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine starting on the date of entry and ending midnight of the 15th day.

(I.e.: If you arrived on June 1, you are required to be in self-quarantine until midnight of June 15)

ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE AIRPORT

  • Wear a facemask at all times and avoid physical contact and talking with other people
  • You are required to be tested if you have suspected symptoms
  • If you do not have any symptoms at the time of entry, you may leave the airport and enter your mandatory self-quarantine. However, you are required to visit a screening center and get tested within the next 3 days.
  • When leaving the airport, use the designated transit vehicle or a personal car (do not stop by other places on the way).
  • After arriving home, call the local health center right away and inform them you are under quarantine.
  • Install the mandatory "Self-quarantine Safety Protection app" developed by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, and follow the self-diagnosis and self-quarantine rules for 14 days.

Quarantine Guidelines

  • Guideline for Staying in Quarantine
  • Refrain from going out of the quarantine area to prevent infection from spreading.
  • Isolate yourself from other household members, if any, in a separated space, and common rooms must be frequently ventilated
  • If it is not possible to quarantine in a separate place, ask help from the local health centers
  • In you need to leave the quarantine area for necessary matters, such as medical appointments, you must contact the local health center first
  • Do not share your personal items (personal towels, eating utensils, cell phones, etc.)
  • In case of symptoms such as fever, cough, or breathing difficulties, immediately report to the local health center
  • Guideline for Family Members and Housemates of Person in Quarantine
  • Family members or housemates should refrain from contact with the person in self-quarantine as much as possible
  • When physical contact with the member in quarantine is unavoidable, wear a facemask and maintain a 2-meter distance
  • Closely monitor health condition of the person in quarantine
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, including tabletops, door knobs, bathroom fixtures, keyboards, etc.
  • If your work involves interaction with many people or if you work in a public facility
    (including, but not limited to, schools, academies, preschools, kindergartens, social welfare facilities, postpartum care centers, and healthcare institutions), you need to limit or reduce your work capacity as best as possible to minimize contact until the end of the quarantine period.

  • As of July 13, 2020, all foreign nationals arriving from designated high risk countries must be in possession of a negative PCR test issued from testing / medical facilities designated by Republic of Korea's overseas embassies or consulates that was issued within 48 hours prior to the time of departure. These test results will be submitted upon entry into Korea.
  • Designated high risk countries will remain confidential to the general public, but will be updated and closely monitored on a weekly basis according to confirmed cases worldwide and confirmed cases of inbound travelers to Korea.

This page was last updated on July 15, 2020