…It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! Starting from the 1st April 2022, fully vaccinated visitors to Korea will no longer need to quarantine upon entry into the country. The announcement was made last Friday, 11th March, and marks the first time Korea will be open to the majority of vaccinated visitors* since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Airlines have already seen a surge in bookings for April, with many travellers keen to visit as soon as they can – and while the cherry blossoms are in season. Potential visitors can find out more about the quarantine exemption via the FAQs below, and start planning their trip of a lifetime via the VisitKorea website.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to Korea!*Please note this exemption does not currently apply to vaccinated visitors from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Myanmar, who must still quarantine for seven days.
Who qualifies as ‘fully vaccinated’?
This refers to those who have a) received two doses of a WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine (at least 14 days prior to travelling, but within 180 days), or b) received a third (booster) dose of the vaccine.
How do I demonstrate my vaccination status to gain entry to Korea?
International visitors must register their vaccine status on the Q-CODE website before arriving in Korea – a QR code will be provided which you must scan at immigration. When registering, Q-CODE will ask for your personal information (including passport number), entry information (departure country, airline, address in Korea, phone number) and vaccine records.
Q-CODE website: cov19ent.kdca.go.kr
Is some quarantine-free travel allowed from 21st March?
Only those who have received their vaccines in Korea, or registered their vaccine status via the Korean COOV app prior to 21st March, can qualify for the quarantine exemption from 21st March.
Are there any other entry requirements?
Covid testing: All international arrivals to Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure.
Visa requirements: British passport holders can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa, but you must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA). You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for two years from the date of approval.
If you are not a British passport holder, please consult the Korean embassy in the country where your passport is registered for up-to-date visa information.
For more information about entry requirements visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-korea/entry-requirements