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[Fact Sheet] Visa-Free & Quarantine-Free Travel to South Korea from 1 April 2022

  • Date03/23/2022
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Travelling to South Korea?

Please check the following information before you go.

*This information is provided for Australian and New Zealand passport holders.

Updated on 8 June 2022


Unvaccinated foreign travellers to South Korea will NO longer have to undergo mandatory 7-day quarantine starting 8 June 2022.


Q-CODE Registration All travellers should register for a Q-CODE(cov19ent.kdca.go.kr) prior to arriving in Korea. 
[Required information]- Email, passport information, arrival and departure information, contact details - Evidence of a negative COVID19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or a negative supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 24 hours of departure
- Health questionnaire
* QR code will be issued on completion. Please save the QR code on your mobile phone or print it.

[PCR & RAT certification requirements]
- Name*, date of birth**, test method, test date, test result, date of issuance, and name of testing centre should be included in the test result.* The name on the test result needs to match the name on the passport.** Passport number is acceptable in lieu of date of birth. 
Please note: - Travellers aged 6 years or older MUST submit evidence of a negative COVID19 test. - Children under the age of 6 years old are not required to submit the evidence of a negative COVID19 PCR test if accompanied parents/carers have all negative results. - Travellers are advised to carry physical copies of documents submitted to Q-CODE as it is at the discretion of quarantine officials to request evidence on arrival.


Required COVID19 Tests All travellers MUST take a PCR test between day 1 and day 3 of their stay in South Korea. A RAT is recommended on day 6 or 7.
[PCR Test] - All travellers must take a PCR test at the Incheon Airport on arrival.* - The fee is 80,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD85~90) as of 8 June 2022. Cash or credit card payment is available. - No need to wait for the result at the airport. The result will be sent out via email in 4-5  hours. - For more information, please click here: https://www.airport.kr/ap_cnt/en/svc/covid19/medical/medical.do]

*The PCR test can be taken within 72 hours of arrival (day 1~3) at any testing clinic. 72 hours are provided to ensure travellers have ample time to complete the test. Travellers MUST not travel until they receive a negative test result. Travellers are permitted to go to their accommodation, but may only leave isolation to visit a testing clinic. We therefore strongly recommend to take a PCR test at the Incheon Airport on arrival. The cost of a PCR test varies.

Please note:
- Travellers who get positive COVID19 test results from the PCR test on arrival (Day 1 – Day 3) or while travelling in Korea will be contacted by the public health clinic. 
- They MUST undertake a 7 day mandatory quarantine at a hotel booked for their travel as long as the hotel permits it. If the hotel refuses travellers to stay for quarantine, travellers must leave and find new accommodation for quarantine. 


K-ETA Application Nationals of visa-free and visa-waiver countries must obtain a K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorisation) before arriving in South Korea.
To apply for K-ETA - Travellers must apply for K-ETA at least 24 hours prior to boarding the flight. - Application is available through K-ETA official website (www.k-eta.go.kr) or mobile app (K-ETA). - The fee is 10,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD12 ~ 13) and the validity is 2 years (multiple entries). - Applicants are exempt from submitting an arrival card and can use the exclusive entry clearance lanes.

For more information, please contact Korea Tourism Organization Sydney Email: sydney@visitkorea.org.au Tel: +61 02 9252 4147
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