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North Korea travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: yes Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
Flight Restrictions

1. Passengers traveling as tourists are not allowed to enter.
2. Passengers traveling on business or duty must spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival.

Quarantine

All inbond travellers must quarantine. Most foreign travelers on short-term travel will be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at their own expense for 14 days. The facility will cost approximately 100 U.S. dollars per night. Travelers who are long-term or residential will be required to self-quarantine at their own residences. Some U.S. citizens traveling to South Korea for diplomatic, business, humanitarian, or, academic reasons may be exempt from self-quarantine requirements but will require pre-approved waiver from a Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to travelling. Korean health authorities have indicated that all passengers will be required to download and respond to daily questions via a Self-Diagnosis Mobile App for 14 days. Those who violate the self-quarantine order may be subject to a fine, arrest, or deportation. This does not aply to transiting passengers, though Incheon airport.

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Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Passengers must:
self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure, and
be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at a designated quarantine place up to 1-2 days until the result comes out. Once the result is negative, passengers no longer need to self-quarantine.

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  • North Korea The Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a statement on Sunday, June 21, announcing they plan to limit the number of foreign nationals entering South Korea through a temporary restriction on visas and a ban on non-scheduled flights. Exceptions will be made for government officials and essential business trips.

    *****International Restrictions:
    Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    From 1 June 2020, foreign nationals residing in South Korea on most types of long-term visa will need to apply for a re-entry permit at a local immigration office or at the airport before undertaking any travel out of South Korea. Those travelling with a re-entry permit will also be required to have a medical examination no earlier than 48 hours before they plan to return to South Korea, and to obtain a medical certificate in English or Korean to present to the Korean authorities on their arrival. The medical certificate must be signed by a medical professional at a recognised medical institution and include the date of the medical examination and either confirmation of a negative test for COVID-19 or a record of the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, breathing difficulty, muscle pain, and pulmonary symptoms. Long-term visa holders seeking to return to South Korea without a medical certificate may be refused entry. Long-term visa holders leaving South Korea without a re-entry permit will have their visa and Alien Registration Card cancelled and will need to obtain a new long-term visa before they can re-enter South Korea. Exceptions to this requirement include holders of A-1, A-2, A-3 and F-4 visas, or those issued with an Isolation Exemption Certificate by a Korean Embassy or consulate overseas. For further information, call the Korean Immigration Contact Centre (Tel: 1345) or see the official announcement here.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) and to undergo quarantine for 14 days. All individuals regardless of nationality who show coronavirus symptoms on arrival will be tested. Those who test positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre.
    For those not showing symptoms on arrival, Korean nationals and long term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home. Arrivals from the USA and Europe must receive a test within three days; arrivals from elsewhere must receive a test within 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days on arrival. Arrivals from the USA and Europe will be tested on entry before transferring to the quarantine facility; arrivals from elsewhere will move to the quarantine facility and be tested within 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 100,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities. There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for those testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before successfully testing negative and being discharged.
    You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website [http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/baroView.do?brdId=11&brdGubun=111&dataGubun=&ncvContSeq=&contSeq=&board_id=]
    There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. Those with an exemption will still be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, and will need to participate with an active monitoring system via regular calls with a health expert and a specialised mobile App.
    Make sure you have with you a mobile telephone with the roaming function enabled, and/or the telephone number of a friend, relative or contact who can update the authorities daily on your state of health. A hotel telephone number will not be accepted. Immigration authorities will undertake a test call before travellers leave the airport, and any individual unable to verify their contact details may be denied entry to South Korea.
    Transit passengers will receive a temperature check on arrival in Korea. Symptomatic individuals will be subject to a COVID-19 test and hospitalisation if found positive. Passengers who do not show symptoms and/or test negative may continue their journey.
    If you display symptoms or return a positive test result for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. Failure to do so could result in deportation, the revocation of visas or residence permits and an entry ban, and you may be held liable for economic losses incurred by further transmission of the virus. The Ministry of Justice has made clear that this policy applies to foreign residents as well as short-term visitors.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Masks are now compulsory in all ROK modes of public transportation (including taxis and domestic/international flights). Drivers and pilots are authorized to deny passengers who refuse to wear a mask.

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    29.06.2020
  • North Korea The Ministry of Health and Welfare issued a statement on Sunday, June 21, announcing they plan to limit the number of foreign nationals entering South Korea through a temporary restriction on visas and a ban on non-scheduled flights. Exceptions will be made for government officials and essential business trips.

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:
    – self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
    – be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
    8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    9. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    11. Residents of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    – be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
    – be written in English or Korean; and
    – include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
    – be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).
    12. 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.
    13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    22.06.2020
  • North Korea South Korea’s major airlines are cautiously preparing to restart a handful of international flights from June, starting with countries which have not imposed entry bans, but only quarantine measures. (TTG Asia, 21.05.2020)

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:
    – self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
    – be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
    8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    9. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    11. Residents of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    – be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
    – be written in English or Korean; and
    – include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
    – be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).
    12. 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.
    13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    15.06.2020
  • North Korea South Korea’s major airlines are cautiously preparing to restart a handful of international flights from June, starting with countries which have not imposed entry bans, but only quarantine measures. (TTG Asia, 21.05.2020)

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) traveling on business and their accompanying family members. They must:
    – self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
    – be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
    8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    9. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    11. Residents of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    – be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
    – be written in English or Korean; and
    – include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
    – be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).
    12. 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.
    13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    09.06.2020
  • North Korea South Korea’s major airlines are cautiously preparing to restart a handful of international flights from June, starting with countries which have not imposed entry bans, but only quarantine measures. (TTG Asia, 21.05.2020)

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) traveling on business and their accompanying family members. They must:
    – self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
    – be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
    8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    9. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    11. Residents of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    – be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
    – be written in English or Korean; and
    – include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
    – be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    05.06.2020
  • North Korea South Korea’s major airlines are cautiously preparing to restart a handful of international flights from June, starting with countries which have not imposed entry bans, but only quarantine measures. (TTG Asia, 21.05.2020)

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are invalidated.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are invalidated.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Nationals of Mongolia, Russian Fed. and Thailand are not allowed to transit.
    – This does not apply to airline crew
    8. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.) traveling on business and their accompanying family members. They must:
    – self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72 hours before departure, and
    – be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.
    9. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    10. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    11. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    12. Passengers residing in of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    – be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and
    – be written in English or Korean; and
    – include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and
    – be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    03.06.2020
  • North Korea South Korea’s major airlines are cautiously preparing to restart a handful of international flights from June, starting with countries which have not imposed entry bans, but only quarantine measures. (TTG Asia, 21.05.2020)

    1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are invalidated.
    2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with normal passport are temporarily suspended.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    – This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
    3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are invalidated.
    4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People’s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).
    6. Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).
    – This not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.
    – This not apply to passengers with a British passport.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.
    7. Passengers are subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply to business travelers and their accompanying family members if they are nationals of China (People’s Rep.). They must:
    self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure, and
    be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at a designated quarantine place up to 1-2 days until the result comes out. Once the result is negative, passengers no longer need to self-quarantine.
    8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install ‘Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’.
    9. Passengers and airline crew must install ‘Self-diagnosis Mobile App’ in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.
    11. Effective 1 June 2020, residents of Korea (Rep.) must have a Re-Entry Permit and a medical certificate.
    The certificate must:
    -be issued by a local authorized medical institute within 48 hours prior to the date of travel, and
    -be written in English or Korean, and
    -include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms, and
    -be signed by a medical examiner.
    – This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F

    Internal restrictions:

    The country’s COVID-19 alert level has remained at RED (the highest on a four-tier scale) since 23 February. The country has officially shifted from ‘social distancing’ to ‘everyday life quarantine’ from 6 May. Businesses are allowed to resume at facilities in phases and gatherings are allowed to take place, following disinfection guidelines. After a new cluster was found on 8 May, all bars, clubs have been advised to remain closed until 8 June. Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May. Earlier, the authorities have allowed religious organisations and outdoor public recreational facilities to reopen on condition that social distancing rules are adhered to. Schools will resume in a phased manner starting from 13 May. The capital Seoul has ordered bars, clubs and other nightlife establishments to temporarily close until further notice. Additionally, subway passengers in Seoul travelling during peak hours will also require to wear masks. In Gyeonggi province, the local authorities have also banned all entertainment facilities from hosting crowds and announced that non-compliance will face penalties.

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    28.05.2020
  • North Korea

    International restrictions:

    Borders closed for all foreign tourists.
    All foreign nationals have been released from a 30-day quarantine.
    China-North Korea border (Dandong-Sinuiju border) remains closed indefinitely.

    Internal restrictions:

    The COVID-19 national emergency has been extended to the end of the year.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://kr.usembassy.gov/022420-covid-19-information/]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-korea]
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