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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 17 May 2022



Vaccination* Requirements From 1 April 2022, vaccinated travellers can enter South Korea without quarantine.

Travellers MUST have one of the following: 1) Three doses of a recognised vaccine 2) Two doses of a recognised vaccine with the second dose (first dose for Janssen) administered between 14 and 180 days prior to travel (From 1 June 2022, adolescents aged 12 to 17 years require two doses only, provided the second dose is administered at least 14 days prior to travel, with the 180 day limit no longer applying.)

*WHO recognised vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Novavax, Sinovac, Sinopharm(Beijing), Covishield, Covaxin, Covovax

Please note: - Travellers who are unvaccinated, do not meet the vaccination requirements, or those with a medical exemption will be able to enter South Korea but will be subject to a 7 day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at the cost of 150,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD166 ~ 170) per day. - Children under the age of 6 years old are exempt from quarantine provided all accompanied parents/carers meet the vaccination requirements. (From 1 June 2022, the eligible exemption age will be extended to children under the age of 12 years old.)

Q-CODE Registration All travellers should register for a Q-CODE(cov19ent.kdca.go.kr) prior to arriving in Korea. 

Required information: - Email and passport information - Arrival and departure information - Contact details - COVID19 vaccination certificate - Evidence of a negative COVID19 PCR test taken 48 hours before departing(From 23 May 2022, the evidence of a negative result of a supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 24 hours before departing will also be accepted, in addition to the PCR test.)- Health questionnaire ** QR code will be issued on completion. Please save the QR code on your mobile phone or print it.

Please note: - Travellers over the age of 6 years old MUST submit evidence of a negative COVID19 PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure to Korea - 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.
[RAT certification requirements] - Name(1), date of birth(2), test method, test date, test result, date of issuance, and name of testing centre should be included in the test result. (1) The name on the test result needs to match the name on the passport. (2) Passport number is acceptable in lieu of date of birth.

Required COVID19 Tests All travellers must be tested on day 1 (PCR)and day 6 or 7 (RAT) of their stay in South Korea. Travellers MUST have one of the following: 

Day 1: PCR Test - All travellers must take a PCR test at the Incheon Airport on arrival. - The fee is 80,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD 88 ~ 90) as of 17 May 2022. Cash or credit card payment is available. - No need to wait for the result at the airport. You can use public transportation but MUST self-isolate at your accommodation until you receive a negative test result. - The result will be sent out via email in 3 - 5 hours. - For more information, please click here: https://www.airport.kr/ap_cnt/en/svc/covid19/medical/medical.do (*From 1 June 2022, a 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)

6 or 7: Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) - All travellers must take a rapid antigen test using a self-test kit or at a public health centre or designated local clinic. - For self-tests, RAT kits can be purchased at a pharmacy or a convenience store at the cost of 6,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD7 ~ 8). Please note you cannot use a RAT kit purchased overseas. - Travellers with positive RAT results must visit a public health centre or a designated local clinic to get a healthcare-certified RAT or PCR test. Travellers confirmed positive must follow the instruction given by a designated local clinic or a public health centre. (*From 1 June 2022, the RAT on day 6 or 7 is not mandatory but recommended.)

Please note: - Travellers with COVID19 test results must undertake a 7 day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility at the cost of 150,000 Korean Won (approx. AUD166 ~ 170) per day.


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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