South Korea (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Health screening and health questionnaire are required for all countries
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Self-quarantine for 14 days required for all countries

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Fully Open
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 01.04.2021
1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.
2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport.
– This does not apply to airline crew.
– This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
– This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, an official or a service passport.
3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.
4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.
5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.
6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.
7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) within 3 days after arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers with an Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean Embassy or Consulate before departure. They must be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival and stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
8. A completed Health Declaration Form and a Travel Record Declaration must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
9. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 05:00 and 20:00.
10. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.
11. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.
– This does not apply to airline crew.
12. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they are traveling onward to Thailand.
– This does not apply to nationals of Thailand with a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English issued at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to airline crew.
13. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.).
– This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.
14. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed “Visa Grant Notice” and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.
15. Passengers with an E-9 visa issued by Korea (Rep.) must present a completed ’Confirmation of Self-quarantine’ form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at the local EPS center.
16. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The test result must be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation. The test result must have the name of the passenger which must match the name in the passport, the date of birth and the name of the issuing laboratory. Passengers arriving from the Philippines must have a test result issued by an approved laboratory and details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Korea (Rep.);
– passengers who are 5 years or younger.
17. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) without a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point:
– must have an “Agreement to Facility Quarantine” form. The form can be obtained at check-in or at https://nqs.cdc.go.kr/nqs/quaStation/incheonAirport.do?gubun=notice; and
– are subject to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Tests accepted are: LAMP, PCR, SDA and TMA tests.
– This does not apply to passengers who are 5 years or younger.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea, whether by air or sea, are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure.

All arrivals, regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and to undergo quarantine for 14 days after arriving in South Korea.

If you test positive for coronavirus you will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre.

Please note that quarantine and contact tracing and taken very seriously in S. Korea and lying about your whereabouts could lead to heavy fines and jail sentences.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has announced that the temporary suspension of direct flights from the UK to South Korea has been extended until 22 April 2021.
 

Lockdown Details

Face masks are compulsory in public places and on public transport. Failure to wear a mask can result in a fine of up to 100,000 Korean Won (£66).

South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale.

For full details of the current restrictions and requirements you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English).
 

Sources

https://kr.usembassy.gov/022420-covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co