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Korea Travel Safety Guidelines

Travel to Korea begins again!

Your safe travels is of our utmost importance.

Come enjoy Korea with its beautiful mountains and oceans, colorful cities and nightscapes, dynamic culture, and delicious K-Food!

We are doing our best to provide a safe travel environment for all.
Please check all the essential travel information before your trip to Korea for maximal safety and fun!

Last updated on May 16, 2022

What to prepare before departing to Korea

For a smooth process through immigration, the following documents are required to enter Korea. Please check ahead before your departure.

STEP1Check the entry process through the Korean diplomatic mission in your country Diplomatic Missions website STEP2Get a visa or K-ETA
  • - Apply for a Korean visa or K-ETA
  • - Due to the COVID-19 situation, Korea has temporarily suspended the visa-free and visa-waiver program and has officially implemented the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) system. Visa-free travelers must check for eligibility and apply for K-ETA in advance to enter Korea. Travelers who are not eligible for K-ETA are required to apply for a visa. Visit the K-ETA website for details.
K-ETA website
Korea Visa Portal website
Visa-Free Entrance to Jeju & Yangyang from June 1 STEP3Get a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result Certificate

- All travelers must provide a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result Certificate from a PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure date. Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result cannot get on the plane.(Starting May 23, 2022, PCR and RAT are both accepted.)

Changes in Requirements for Entry and Vaccination Status for Visitors 18 and Under
(Source: Central Disease Control Headquarters, May 13, 2022)
Requirement Current Change Effective
① Testing before
entry
(PCR or RAT
accepted)
PCR test within 48 hours PCR test within 48 hours or RAT within 24 hours May 23, 2022
② Testing after entry
(PCR test within 3
days)
PCR test on day 1 and RAT on day 6
or 7
PCR test within 3 days of entry
(RAT on day 6 or 7 recommended)
June 1, 2022
③ Visitors ages 18
and under
Second or third vaccine complete
- Visitors ages 6 and under with a
vaccinated guardian is exempt from
quarantine
Second vaccine complete
(At least 14 days prior to entry)
- Visitors ages 12 and under with a
vaccinated guardian is exempt from
quarantine
June 1, 2022
More info on Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result Certificate STEP4Register traveler’s information on Q-code website
  • - Registering traveler’s information on the Q-code website before getting on the plane will make the entry process in Korea quicker by using a QR code.
  • - Q-code registration is not a requirement, but travelers who were fully vaccinated overseas must register their certificate online to be exempt from quarantine.
  • - Expedited entry via Q-code is currently only available at Incheon International Airport; there are plans to be expanded to other airports and seaports in the future.
Providing evidence of being fully vaccinated overseas

Fully vaccinated individuals are those who have received two doses (one dosage for Janssen) of WHO-approved emergency COVID-19 vaccine. The person must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, but within 180 days, or have received a booster shot (third dosage).

1) Entering Korea through Incheon International Airport
  • - Visit the Q-code website and register your personal information and vaccination certificate on the Q-code System
  • - The certificate must be in Korean or English; if the certificate is in a different language, a Korean translation and an apostille must be submitted to the immigration officer
2) Entering Korea through other airports or seaports
  • - Prepare all the necessary documents in print, including your vaccination certificate
  • - Required information on the certificate: name, birthday, vaccine type, vaccinated date, name of clinic/vaccination center, official seal of the administered center or the public health authority
  • - Certificate must be in Korean or English; if the certificate is in a different language, a Korean translation an apostille are required to be acceptable
Q-code website
Entry Process (Quarantine Screening)

All individuals entering Korea are required to go through a special immigration process to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Immigration safety measures are subject to frequent changes, and therefore travelers are advised to verify with their respective embassy or check for updates from the Korea Disease Control Agency (KDCA).

Visit the KDCA COVID-19 website STEP1Fill out the Health Questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration (Special Quarantine Report) on board the plane

- Does not apply to Q-code applicants who pre-registered their information.

STEP2Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to check temperature and submit documents at quarantine checkpoint
  • - Q-code applicants may use their pre-issued QR code instead of submitting printed documents. However, the documents may be requested for verification so please have them ready at hand.
  • - Required documents
    • Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result Certificate
    • Health Questionnaire & Travel Record Declaration
    • Passport
  • - Additional required documents for those who apply
    • Quarantine Exemption Certificate
    • Vaccination Certificate (Proof of Vaccination)
  • - All documents above can be registered in advance via Q-code.
STEP3Quarantine Procedure
  • - Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from quarantine without having to apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate.
  • - Fully vaccinated individuals refer to those who have ①received their 2nd vaccination (1st dose for Janssen) and are in between 14 and 180 days after the shot, OR ②received a 3rd vaccination (booster shot). Vaccines approved in Korea are limited to WHO-approved emergency COVID-19 vaccine.
  • - Quarantine procedure depends on vaccination and symptom status as listed below.
Fully Vaccinated & Asymptomatic

Individuals who are fully vaccinated (either in Korea or overseas) and show no signs of symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, etc.) during the health screening process and on their Health Questionnaire may proceed to their destination after immigration check.

All travelers are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours after arriving in Korea. Short-term visitors can take a PCR test at the COVID-19 Testing Center inside the Incheon International Airport or at a nearby medical clinic at their own expense. Long-term visitors may take a PCR test at a public health center near their home/accommodation. Quarantine can be exempted if the test result is negative. (Starting June 1, 2022, tests must be taken within 3 days.)
Incheon International Airport COVID-19 Testing Center
Incheon International Airport COVID-19 Testing Center Reservation
List of PCR testing centers

Travelers from abroad can take the PCR test at a discounted price of 70,000 won through the Korean National Tuberculosis Association (KNTA).
KNTA Electronic Patient Questionnaire

According to Korea’s immigration law, short-term visitors are defined as travelers visiting the country for 90 days or less with the purpose of tourism, visiting friends and family, and other reasons, while long-term visitors are defined as travelers visiting the country for over 90 days due to education, business, or investment purposes.

Visitors must take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on their 6th or 7th day in Korea. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic.

Quarantine-exempted visitors are advised to closely observe their health condition for at least 7 days. If you suspect any signs of COVID-19 while visiting Korea, visit the closest medical clinic immediately. Call 1330 for assistance in finding a clinic near you.

Not Vaccinated & Asymptomatic

Individuals who have not completed their vaccinations or are entering from countries excluded from quarantine exemption must quarantine for 7 days.

Short-term visitors must quarantine for 7 days at a temporary quarantine facility at their own expense. Short-term visitors must take two rounds of PCR tests (on Day 1 & on Day 6 or 7) before leaving the facility.

Long-term visitors must self-quarantine for 7 days at home or their accommodation. Long-term visitors are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours after arriving in Korea at a nearby public health center. Visitors must follow-up with a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 6 or 7 after their arrival. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic.

Asymptomatic Quarantine Exemption Certificate Holder

If eligible (i.e., humanitarian reasons, business/academic purposes, public interest, etc.), individuals traveling from countries excluded from quarantine exemption may apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate and be exempt from the mandatory quarantine.

Quarantine Exemption Certificate holders must take a PCR test on the day of arrival at a temporary quarantine facility. Quarantine is exempted upon confirming a negative test result.

Quarantine Exemption Certificate holders must take a follow-up Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 6 or 7 after their arrival. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic.

Symptomatic

Travelers who show signs of a fever (37.5 ℃ or higher), coughing, difficulty breathing, and/or other possible signs of COVID-19 upon entry to Korea must take a PCR test at the Arrivals Hall or the quarantine facility (Central Quarantine & Medical Support Center).

If the test result is negative, the individual is exempted from quarantine and must take a follow-up Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 6 or 7 after their arrival. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic or COVID-19 testing site.

If the test result is positive, the individual will be transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center depending on the severity.

See Quarantine Management Flowchart
(As of Mar. 21, 2022 by Central Disease Control Headquaters)
Social Distancing Guidelines during Your Travels

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for safe traveling, Korea has implemented social distancing guidelines. The following guidelines must be kept while traveling in Korea.

  • When taking a public transportation
    • Wear a mask at all times when using public transportation, including buses, subways, trains, and taxis
  • In restaurants and cafés
    • Must wear a mask when not consuming food
  • At tourist attractions
    • Vaccination pass is not required to enter attractions, including museums and art galleries
    • Wear a mask indoors at all times; wear a mask outdoors if keeping a 2-meter distance from other people is not possible
    • Comply with temperature check and hand sanitizing procedures
  • When using accommodations
    • Must wear a mask in public area outside of separate rooms
    • As of December 10, 2020, short-term tourists must declare their accommodation in Korea. Show your passport or proof of travel during check-in and the manager will make the declaration.
    For more info on Declaration of accommodation by short-term foreign residents
  • If you have symptoms during your trip
    • If you suspect to have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing, and others, call 1339 for inquiries or take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) by using a self-test kit or visiting a nearby medical clinic.
    • Travelers can also call 1330 Korea Travel Hotline for inquiries.
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