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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info For Visitors

COVID-19 Travel Guide

Since March 19, 2020, the Korean government has strengthened the entrance procedure. As of April 1, 2020, all incoming travelers, regardless of nationality, are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine starting on the date of entry.

COVID-19 Special Entry Procedure

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On the plane

Special Entry Procedure instructions

Fill out the health declaration and travel record form

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Quarantine

Submit the health declaration form

Present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result dated(reported) within 72 hours of departure

Check temperature and for symptoms

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Special entry

Check travel record form (address in Korea, phone number, travel history, etc.)

Download Self-diagnosis mobile app and check for valid phone number

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Monitoring

Users must submit their health status every day for 14 days

If symptoms are discovered, users will receive information on the +82-1339 hotline and testing centers. If a user fails to update status on the app, authorities may contact the user.

Border screening procedures for inbound travelers

Separate entrance process applies for symptomatic and asymptomatic entrants.
* Common symptoms: High temperature (37.5℃ or above), cough, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain,
headaches, sore throat, anosmia, ageusia, pneumonia, etc.


Symptomatic

  • Test for COVID-19

    All travelers (Korean and foreign nationals) are tested at airport

  • Positive

    Transferred to hospital or residential treatment centers

  • Negative

    Self-quarantine for 14 days (short-term visitors to be quarantined at facilities)

    - Install Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App
    - Travelers on short-term visas shall install the Self-Diagnosis App


Asymptomatic

  • Korean nationals

    Self-quarantine for 14 days

    Tested within 1 days

    (Install the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App)

  • Foreign nationals (Long-term visas)

    Self-quarantine for 14 days

    Tested within 1 days

    (Install the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App)

  • Foreign nationals (Short-term Visa)

    Tested at the Facility

    Facility quarantine for 14 days

    (Install the Self-Diagnosis App)

  • Those exempt from quarantine

    Tested at airport (testing may take up to two days)

    Active monitoring

    (Install the Self-Diagnosis App)

  • ※ Living Necessity Kit will be provided including mask, water, shampoo, hand sanitizers, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. (kit items vary by location)
  • ※ Temporary living facilities cost approximate 100,000-150,000 won per day (maximum of 2,100,000 won for 14 days) including accommodation and meals at traveler’s own expense.

Short-term visitors

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.


Necessary documents when applying for a visa

  • Health Condition Report Form

  • Agreement to Facility Quarantine Form

  • Medical Diagnosis Certificate

    (Medical Diagnosis Certificate issued by a medical institution within 48 hours of submitting the application)

※ Above image is a sample. Forms vary by the Korean Embassy in your country.


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

※ Status subject to frequent change, check the Korean Embassy website for details.

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