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Airlines Updates

09.11.2020
Korean Air has updated its list of flight suspensions and reductions due to COVID-19:

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Korean Air has reduced or suspended some of its routes.

For help with rescheduling, please contact a Korean Air Service Center or the travel agency through which the flights were booked.

Overview of Suspended/Reduced Routes (as of Nov 6 07:00 GMT)

Please click on the button below for the detailed list of cancelled/reduced flights.

Flight Cancel Details
SUSPENDED OR REDUCED ROUTES
(ALL ROUTES ARE BETWEEN INCHEON UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

AMERICAS Honolulu, Narita-Honolulu, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston, Washington, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto
EUROPE Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich, Zagreb, Prague, Budapest, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Istanbul, Tel Aviv

MIDDLE EAST
Dubai

CIS Moscow, Vladivostok, St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Tashkent

SOUTH & SOUTHEAST ASIA Bangkok, Busan-Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Busan-Da Nang, Dalat, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Manila, Cebu, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Denpasar Bali, Kathmandu, Delhi, Mumbai, Colombo/Male(Maldives), Guam
OCEANIA Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland

NORTHEAST ASIA
Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Gimpo-Beijing, Busan-Beijing, Jeju-Beijing, Tianjin, Xi’an, Zhengzhou, Shanghai/Pudong, Gimpo-Shanghai, Busan-Shanghai/Pudong, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Wuhan, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, Shenyang, Daegu-Shenyang, Dalian, Yanji, Mudanjiang, Qingdao, Busan-Qingdao, Jinan, Weihai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Busan-Taipei, Narita, Busan-Narita, Haneda, Gimpo-Haneda, Osaka, Gimpo-Osaka, Fukuoka, Busan-Fukuoka, Nagoya, Busan-Nagoya, Sapporo, Okinawa, Aomori, Niigata, Komatsu, Kagoshima, Okayama

DOMESTIC
Gimpo-Busan, Gimpo-Ulsan, Busan-Jeju, Gwangju-Jeju, Cheongju-Jeju, Daegu-Jeju, Gunsan-Jeju, Wonju-Jeju, Yeosu-Jeju, Ulsan-Jeju, Jinju(Sacheon)-Jeju, Pohang-Jeju, Gimpo-Yeosu, Gimpo-Jinju(Sacheon), Incheon-Busan, Incheon-Daegu

Published on 06.11.2020
Jeju Air, T’way Air will resume flights to Tokyo in November

22.10.2020 Asiana Airlines in the last few days filed additional changes to planned International operation, for the period of 25OCT20 – 31DEC20. Planned operation as of 21OCT20 as follows. Additional changes remain possible.

On selected routes, certain direction is not available for reservation.

Seoul Incheon – Almaty A321neo Every 14 days (1 weekly from 01DEC20)
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Changchun 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Chengdu 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 3 weekly 777-200ER/A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Harbin 1 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 2 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 9 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Manila 1 daily 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Nanjing 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 5 weekly A321 (1 daily form 01DEC20)
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 4 weekly A321/321neo
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 2 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 01DEC20)
Seoul Incheon – Sydney 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A321

Published on 16.10.2020
Air Busan adds 2 scenic flights with A321LR in late-Oct 2020

16/10/2020 Asiana Airlines this week gradually filed additional changes to its overall International network for winter 2020/21 season. As of 0500GMT 16OCT20, the airline has cancelled following routes until 27MAR21 inclusive.

Seoul Incheon – Barcelona
Seoul Incheon – Cam Ranh/Nha Trang
Seoul Incheon – Cebu (The airline’s latest update only shows passenger traffic from Seoul cancelled until 27MAR21)
Seoul Incheon – Honolulu
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul
Seoul Incheon – Kaohsiung (winter schedule for this route was not filed prior to COVID19 impact)
Seoul Incheon – Miyazaki
Seoul Incheon – Okinawa
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG
Seoul Incheon – Phuket
Seoul Incheon – Phu Quoc
Seoul Incheon – Rome
Seoul Incheon – Sapporo New Chitose
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Haneda

The airline’s International/domestic connection on Seoul Incheon – Busan route has been cancelled until 31DEC20. The airline has already updated planned service for November, while schedule between 01DEC20 and 27MAR21 on other routes remain pending.

Published on 15.10.2020
Air Busan resumes Busan – Qingdao in mid-Oct 2020
T’Way Air resumes Japan service in Nov 2020

Published on 08.10.2020
Korean Air W20 Guangzhou operations as of 07OCT20
Asiana Airlines schedules limited Nepal charter flights in Oct 2020
Asiana Airlines expands A380 scenic flights in Oct/Nov 2020

Published on 07.10.2020
T’way Air will start flights to Japan in November

Published on 01.10.2020
Jin Air schedules one-time Qingdao service in Oct 2020

Published on 29.09.2020
Air Busan will resume flights to Qingdao in mid-October

29.09.2020 Asiana Airlines this week extended reduced operation into November 2020, until 30NOV20. For the period of 01OCT20 – 30NOV20, planned operation as of 24SEP20 as follows.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation, affecting passenger traffic rights on certain direction. Additional changes remain likely.

Seoul Incheon – Almaty 1 flight on 13OCT20, 1 weekly from 25OCT20. A321neo operating
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Cebu 1 weekly A321 until 24OCT20
Seoul Incheon – Changchun 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Chengdu 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Clark 2 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 4 weekly A350-900XWB (3 weekly from 25OCT20)
Seoul Incheon – Fukuoka eff 25OCT20 1 weekly A3300-300
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Harbin eff 25OCT20 1 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly A321 (2 weekly from 25OCT20)
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 9 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Manila 1 daily 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Nagoya eff 25OCT20 1 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Nanjing 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 4 weekly A321 (1 daily from 25OCT20)
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 4 weekly A321neo
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 3 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly from 25OCT20)
Seoul Incheon – Sydney 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 3 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly from 25OCT20)
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Haneda eff 25OCT20 1 daily A321
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A321
Seoul Incheon – Ulan Baatar eff 25OCT20 3 weekly A330-300

Published on 28.09.2020
Asiana Airlines schedules A380 sightseeing charter flights in Oct 2020

Published on 25.09.2020
Korean Air suspends its Incheon-Manila flights for 18 days in October because of quarantine restrictions

11.09.2020 Korean Air this week extended reduced European operation schedule into November 2020. As of 10SEP20, planned operation for the period of 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 as follows. Additional changes remain highly possible.

Seoul Incheon – Amsterdam 4 weekly A330-200
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 2 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Prague 1 weekly A330-200

10.09.2020 Korean Air in the last few days extended North American schedule update into November 2020. As of 09SEP20, planned operation for the period of 25OCT20 – 30NOV20 as follows. Additional changes to be filed in the next few days.

Seoul Incheon – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Dallas/Ft. Worth 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 10 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 5 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Toronto 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Vancouver 4 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Washington Dulles 4 weekly 787-9

Published on 03.09.2020
T’Way Air resumes Macau service in Sep 2020

Published on 02.09.2020
Asiana September 2020 Boeing 747 Scheduled Passenger operations as of 30AUG20

Published on 28.08.2020
Korean Air schedules Tianjin service in Sep 2020

26.08.2020 Asiana Airlines during the month of September 2020 plans to operate following International routes, based on schedule listing as of 23AUG20. Last minute changes remain possible, while various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on selected direction on certain sectors.

Seoul Incheon – Almaty 1 weekly A321neo
Seoul Incheon – Bangalore One-time charter departs ICN on 09SEP20 with 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Cebu 1 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Changchun 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Clark 2 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul A350-900XWB departs ICN on 03SEP20
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 9 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Manila 1 daily 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Nanjing 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 3 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 4 weekly A321neo
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Sydney 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 5 weekly A330-300/777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A321

Korean Air in the last few days further revised planned International service for September 2020, mainly planned aircraft adjustment. As of 23AUG20, planned operation as follows. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on certain direction, while last-minute changes to planned operation remains possible.

Seoul Incheon – Amsterdam 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Atlanta 1 daily 787-9 (selected dates 777-300ER)
Seoul Incheon – Auckland 787-9 departs ICN on 13SEP20 and 27SEP20
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Boston 3 weekly 777-300ER/787-9
Seoul Incheon – Cebu 777-300ER departs ICN on 06SEP20
Seoul Incheon – Chennai One-time charter departs ICN on 04SEP20 with 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Dallas/Ft. Worth 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 2 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Guangzhou 1 weekly 777-300
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Kuala Lumpur 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Manila 10 weekly A330-300/777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG 4 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 5 weekly 737-900ER/A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Prague 1 weekly A330-200
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 5 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Shenyang 1 weekly 777-300
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Tianjin 1 weekly 777-300
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Toronto 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Vancouver 4 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Washington Dulles 4 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Yangon 3 weekly A330-300

Jeju Air during the month of September 2020 continues to operate limited International service, including Mainland China, Japan and The Philippines. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on certain direction.

Following update is based on the airline’s bulletin issued on Monday 24AUG20.

Seoul Incheon – Cebu 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Clark 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Manila 2 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Weihai 1 weekly

Published on 21.08.2020
T’Way Air resumes Daegu – Yanji service from late-August 2020
Jin Air Sep 2020 International operations as of 21AUG20

14.08.2020 Korean Air since mid-July 2020 continue to file inventory changes for International service during winter 2020/21 season, from 25OCT20 to 27MAR21. As of 13AUG20, 30 out of 104 International routes are available for reservation.

Seoul Incheon – Amsterdam 4 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Atlanta 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 3 of 4 daily available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Boston 5 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Chicago O’Hare 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Denpasar 7 of 9 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Guam 1 of 2 daily available for reservation from 01NOV20
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 1 of 3 daily available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 1 of 3 daily available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 1 of 5 daily available for reservation (KE previously displaying 2 of 5 daily available for reservation)
Seoul Incheon – Kuala Lumpur 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 10 of 14 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Manila 14 of 17 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 14 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Prague 3 weekly
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 14 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 6 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 7 of 18 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 1 of 2 daily available for reservation (no changes since mid-July 2020)
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 of 3 daily available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Toronto 3 of 6 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Ulan Baatar 6 weekly (Only full fare J/Y-class open for reservation)
Seoul Incheon – Vancouver 4 of 7 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Vladivostok 2 of 7 weekly available for reservation
Seoul Incheon – Washington Dulles 7 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Yangon 7 weekly

Previously reported on Airlineroute, during Northern winter 2020/21 season (25OCT20 – 27MAR21), First Class cabin (P / F / A-class) is not available for reservation on majority routes operated by following aircraft: A380, 747-8I, 777-200ER, 777-300ER.

Following routes are closed for reservation for entire Northern winter season, as of 13AUG20:
Busan – Bangkok
Busan – Da Nang
Seoul Gimpo – Osaka Kansai
Seoul Gimpo – Shanghai Hongqiao
Seoul Gimpo – Tokyo Haneda
Seoul Incheon – Auckland
Seoul Incheon – Beijing Capital (previously 7 of 17 weekly flights open for booking)
Seoul Incheon – Brisbane
Seoul Incheon – Cam Ranh/Nha Trang
Seoul Incheon – Cebu
Seoul Incheon – Chiang Mai
Seoul Incheon – Clark
Seoul Incheon – Colombo – Male
Seoul Incheon – Da Nang
Seoul Incheon – Dalian
Seoul Incheon – Delhi
Seoul Incheon – Fukuoka
Seoul Incheon – Hangzhou
Seoul Incheon – Hefei
Seoul Incheon – Honolulu
Seoul Incheon – Kathmandu
Seoul Incheon – Las Vegas
Seoul Incheon – Milan Malpensa
Seoul Incheon – Mudanjiang
Seoul Incheon – Mumbai
Seoul Incheon – Nagoya
Seoul Incheon – Nanjing
Seoul Incheon – Oita
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai
Seoul Incheon – Phuket
Seoul Incheon – Qingdao (previously 1 of 2 daily open for booking)
Seoul Incheon – Rome
Seoul Incheon – Shanghai Pu Dong (previously 1 of 3 daily open for booking)
Seoul Incheon – Shenzhen
Seoul Incheon – Sydney
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Haneda
Seoul Incheon – Vienna
Seoul Incheon – Weihai
Seoul Incheon – Xi’An
Seoul Incheon – Yanji
Tokyo Narita – Honolulu

Previously reported on Airlineroute in mid-July 2020, Korean Air closed reservations on following routes until 31DEC20, however these has been extended until 27MAR21 based on recent update:

Busan – Beijing Capital
Busan – Fukuoka
Busan – Nagoya
Busan – Qingdao
Busan – Shanghai Pu Dong
Busan – Taipei Taoyuan
Busan – Tokyo Narita
Jeju – Beijing Capital
Seoul Gimpo – Beijing Capital
Seoul Incheon – Aomori
Seoul Incheon – Barcelona
Seoul Incheon – Brisbane
Seoul Incheon – Changsha
Seoul Incheon – Guangzhou
Seoul Incheon – Dubai
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul
Seoul Incheon – Jinan
Seoul Incheon – Kagoshima
Seoul Incheon – Komatsu
Seoul Incheon – Kunming
Seoul Incheon – Madrid
Seoul Incheon – Milan Malpensa
Seoul Incheon – Moscow Sheremetyevo
Seoul Incheon – Mumbai
Seoul Incheon – Niigata
Seoul Incheon – Okayama
Seoul Incheon – Okinawa
Seoul Incheon – Rome
Seoul Incheon – Sapporo
Seoul Incheon – Shenyang
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent
Seoul Incheon – Tel Aviv
Seoul Incheon – Tianjin
Seoul Incheon – Wuhan
Seoul Incheon – Xiamen
Seoul Incheon – Zhengzhou

The airline will continue to file changes in the next few weeks, including possibility of re-opening reservations on additional routes.

Published on 12.08.2020
Korean Air closes Australia / NZ booking until March 2021 as of 0615GMT 12AUG20

10.08.2020 Asiana Airlines in the last few days extended frequency revision for European service to late-October 2020, for the remainder of summer 2020 season. As of 06AUG20, planned European operation between 01AUG20 and 24OCT20 as follows. All effective dates listed below is based on Seoul departure.

Additional changes remain likely.

Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 4 weekly A350-900XWB (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul 1 weekly 777-200ER until 14AUG20, as well as one-time flight on 03SEP20
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB (2 weekly from 01SEP20)
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG Service operates on 05AUG20 and 28AUG20 with A350-900XWB, followed by 2 weekly from 01SEP20
Published on 07.08.2020
Asiana Airlines Aug – Oct 2020 European network as of 06AUG20

Published on 06.08.2020
Korean Air to restore additional Japan service in Sep 2020

06.08.2020 Jin Air during the month of August 2020 plans to operate following International service to South East Asia and Japan. Various travel restrictions impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights on certain direction.

Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 2 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Cebu 
eff 21AUG20 1 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 2 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 weekly

30.07.2020 Asiana Airlines during the month of August 2020 plans to operate following International routes, as of 29JUL20. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s operation, as well as passenger traffic rights.

Seoul Incheon – Almaty 1 weekly A321neo
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 2 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Changchun 1 weekly 747-400

Seoul Incheon – Cebu eff 09AUG20 1 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Clark 2 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul 1 weekly 777-200ER until 15AUG20
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 9 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Manila 1 daily 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Nanjing 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 3 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 4 weekly A321neo
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 4 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 1 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Sydney 1 weekly A350-900XWB/777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A321

Published on 29.07.2020
FlyGangwon adds Yangyang – Daegu service from mid-August 2020
Air Seoul adds Seoul Gimpo – Busan service from late-August 2020

Published on 28.07.2020
Korean Air Resumes Flights to Tianjin, China

Published on 27.07.2020
Jeju Air August 2020 International operation as of 24JUL20

Published on 22.07.2020
T’Way Air delays Hong Kong resumption to August 2020

Published on 21.07.2020
Korean Air schedules limited Auckland service in August 2020

20.07.2020 Skyteam member Korean Air in the last few weeks filed inventory changes in the 4th quarter of 2020. As of 0600GMT 18JUL20, following routes are not available for reservation between 25OCT20 and 31DEC20, as the airline zero’d out all fare classes.

Busan – Beijing Capital
Busan – Fukuoka
Busan – Nagoya
Busan – Qingdao
Busan – Shanghai Pu Dong
Busan – Taipei Taoyuan
Busan – Tokyo Narita
Jeju – Beijing Capital
Seoul Gimpo – Beijing Capital
Seoul Incheon – Aomori
Seoul Incheon – Barcelona
Seoul Incheon – Brisbane
Seoul Incheon – Changsha
Seoul Incheon – Guangzhou
Seoul Incheon – Dubai
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul
Seoul Incheon – Jinan
Seoul Incheon – Kagoshima
Seoul Incheon – Komatsu
Seoul Incheon – Kunming
Seoul Incheon – Madrid
Seoul Incheon – Milan Malpensa
Seoul Incheon – Moscow Sheremetyevo
Seoul Incheon – Mumbai
Seoul Incheon – Niigata
Seoul Incheon – Okayama
Seoul Incheon – Okinawa
Seoul Incheon – Rome
Seoul Incheon – Sapporo
Seoul Incheon – Shenyang
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent
Seoul Incheon – Tel Aviv
Seoul Incheon – Tianjin
Seoul Incheon – Wuhan
Seoul Incheon – Xiamen
Seoul Incheon – Zhengzhou

Following routes displaying selected flights available for reservation for the period of 25OCT20 – 31DEC20:
Seoul Incheon – Beijing Capital 1 daily available for reservation, instead of 17 weekly
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 2 daily, instead of 5
Seoul Incheon – Qingdao 1 daily, instead of 2
Seoul Incheon – Shanghai Pu Dong 1 daily, instead of 3
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 1 daily, instead of 2

During Northern winter 2020/21 season (25OCT20 – 27MAR21), First Class cabin (P / F / A-class) is not available for reservation on majority routes operated by following aircraft: A380, 747-8I, 777-200ER, 777-300ER.

Published on 17.07.2020
Korean Air NW20 Australia inventory update as of 0015GMT 17JUL20
Asiana Airlines removes planned Seoul Gimpo – Tokyo Haneda August 2020 resumption
Jeju Air schedules one-time Saipan service in August 2020

Published on 15.07.2020
Korean Air resumes Guangzhou service in August 2020
Asiana Airlines resumes Seoul Gimpo – Tokyo Haneda service in August 2020

Published on 14.07.2020
Jin Air July 2020 International network as of 13JUL20

Published on 09.07.2020
T’Way Air increases Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong flights in August 2020
Air Busan to resume flights to China next week
Jeju Air July 2020 Philippine operations as of 07JUL20

Published on 03.07.2020
Jeju Air resumes Clark service in July 2020

01.07.2020 Korean Air has further modified planned International network for the month of July 2020, as well as operational aircraft. As of 30JUN20, planned operation in July 2020 as follows.

Various long-haul routes’ operational frequencies listed below is also maintained in August 2020. Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s passenger traffic rights, resulting in additional modification.

Seoul Incheon – Amsterdam 3 weekly A330-300 (777-300ER from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – Atlanta 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Boston eff 22AUG20 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Chicago O’Hare 5 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Dallas/Ft. Worth 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 2 weekly 777-300ER (Previous plan: 3 weekly)
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 3 weekly 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 5 weekly A330-300 (1 daily from 01AUG20; Previous plan: 1 daily from 01JUL20)
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly 787-9/A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – Kuala Lumpur 2 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 3 weekly 777-300ER (Previous plan: 5 weekly)
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 10 weekly 777-300ER (Previous plan: 11 weekly)
Seoul Incheon – Manila 10 weekly 777-300ER (Previous plan: 2 daily)
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily 777-300ER
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG 4 weekly 777-300ER (Previous plan: 5 weekly)
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 3 weekly A330-200/737-800 (4 weekly from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 5 weekly 787-9 (Previous plan: 1 daily)
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Shenyang 1 weekly 777-300
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 2 weekly 777-300ER (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 4 weekly A330-300 (2 weekly from 14JUL20)
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Toronto 3 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Vancouver 4 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Washington Dulles 4 weekly 787-9
Seoul Incheon – Yangon 2 weekly A330-300 (3 weekly from 01AUG20)

Published on 30.06.2020
Korean Air July 2020 International operations as of 30JUN20

24.06.2020 Asiana Airlines has filed additional changes to its planned International operation for the month of July 2020. Planned operation as of 0400GMT 24JUN20 as follows.

Seoul Incheon – Almaty 07JUL20 / 21JUL20 A321neo
Seoul Incheon – Bangkok 4 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Changchun 1 weekly 747-400
Seoul Incheon – Frankfurt 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Guangzhou 07JUL20 / 10JUL20 A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Hanoi 5 weekly A330-300
Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City 5 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Hong Kong 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Istanbul eff 24JUL20 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Jakarta 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – London Heathrow 2 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Los Angeles 10 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Manila 1 daily 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – New York JFK 1 daily A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Osaka Kansai 3 weekly A321 (1 daily from 21JUL20)
Seoul Incheon – Paris CDG eff 17JUL20 1 weekly A350-900XWB (2 weekly from 01AUG20)
Seoul Incheon – Phnom Penh 3 weekly A321
Seoul Incheon – San Francisco 5 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Seattle 3 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Singapore 2 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Sydney 1 weekly A350-900XWB
Seoul Incheon – Taipei Taoyuan 3 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tashkent 1 weekly 777-200ER
Seoul Incheon – Tokyo Narita 1 daily A321

Published on 23.06.2020
Asiana Airlines July 2020 International operations as of 24JUN20

Published on 18.06.2020
Asiana Airlines June/July 2020 Central Asia operations as of 18JUN20
Jeju Air plans Vietnam service resumption in late-July 2020

Published on 16.06.2020
T’Way Air closes Khabarovsk reservations from July 2020

Published on 15.06.2020
FlyGangwon adds Seoul Gimpo service in 3Q20
Jeju Air adds Busan – Yangyang service in 3Q20

Published on 12.06.2020
Korean Air resumes Boston service from late-August 2020

Published on 10.06.2020

Asiana Airlines July 2020 International operations as of 09JUN20

Korean Air cancels Incheon-Manila flights June 11 to July 31

 

Published on 02.06.2020
Korean Air July/August 2020 Long-Haul operations as of 02JUN20

Published on 25.05.2020
Korean Air June 2020 International operations as of 25MAY20

Published on 22.05.2020
Jeju Air June 2020 International operations as of 21MAY20

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Open for travel from South Korea
Crossing Rules

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The certificate must be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation. The certificate 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 Nepal or Philippines must have a certificate issued by an approved laboratory and details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries.
– This does not apply to passengers who are 5 years or younger.

Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are invalidated.

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.

Some airports are closed or restrictions for operations of airports has been imposed
Flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

Forced isolation
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.

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Flight Restrictions

published 07.11.2020

Entry restrictions
Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are invalidated.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Uzbekistan
Passengers who have been in Uzbekistan in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The test must have been taken in Korea No 1 Laboratory. The certificate must be in English or Korean.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or during last 14 days have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines
Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal or Philippines in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English or Korean.

Entry restrictions for passengers who arrive from or have been in Nepal
Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal or Philippines in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English or Korean.

Some airports are closed or restrictions for operations of airports has been imposed
Flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
All arrivals must quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.
All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea 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) after entering South Korea.

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  • South Korea Latest News: South Korea government extends suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 22 April (Gov.UK, 02.04.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport).
    Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. More details can be found on the Republic of Korea Embassy in London website.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities. There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for British nationals testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged.
    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 imprisonment, 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.
    You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: 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.
    South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale.
    Mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing for foreign workers has been introduced in Seoul and some provinces, including Gyeonggi and South Jeolla. Fines may be imposed for violation of these local regulations. You should check and follow the information on the local government websites below. The British Embassy has raised concerns about this directive with the South Korean government, as well as with local administrations.
    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). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government;
    Busan Metropolitan City;
    Daegu Metropolitan City;
    Incheon Metropolitan City;
    Gwangju City;
    Daejeon Metropolitan City;
    Ulsan Metropolitan City;
    Sejong City;
    North Chungcheong;
    South Chungcheong;
    Gangwon;
    Gyeonggi;
    North Gyeongsan;
    South Gyeongsang;
    North Jeolla;
    South Jeolla;
    Jeju.

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    19.04.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korea government extends suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 11 March (Yonhap, 24.02.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea 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) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for British nationals testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged.
    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 imprisonment, 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: 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.
    South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale.
    Mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing for foreign workers has been introduced in Seoul and some provinces, including Gyeonggi and South Jeolla. Fines may be imposed for violation of these local regulations. You should check and follow the information on the local government websites below. The British Embassy has raised concerns about this directive with the South Korean government, as well as with local administrations.
    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). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government;
    Busan Metropolitan City;
    Daegu Metropolitan City;
    Incheon Metropolitan City;
    Gwangju City;
    Daejeon Metropolitan City;
    Ulsan Metropolitan City;
    Sejong City;
    North Chungcheong;
    South Chungcheong;
    Gangwon;
    Gyeonggi;
    North Gyeongsan;
    South Gyeongsang;
    North Jeolla;
    South Jeolla;
    Jeju.

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    18.03.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korea government extends suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 11 March (Yonhap, 24.02.2021). South Korea’s authorities extend ban on flights from U.K. by one week, require negative COVID-19 test from arrivals from Brazil (Yonhap, 19.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. More details can be found on the Republic of Korea Embassy in London website. All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for British nationals testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged.
    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 imprisonment, 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: 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. 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). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government;
    Busan Metropolitan City;
    Daegu Metropolitan City;
    Incheon Metropolitan City;
    Gwangju City;
    Daejeon Metropolitan City;
    Ulsan Metropolitan City;
    Sejong City;
    North Chungcheong;
    South Chungcheong;
    Gangwon;
    Gyeonggi;
    North Gyeongsan;
    South Gyeongsang;
    North Jeolla;
    South Jeolla;
    Jeju.

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    12.03.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korea’s authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 11 February because of new COVID-19 (Korea Herald, 27.01.2021). Authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 28 January (Gov.UK, 20.01.2021). South Korea’s authorities extend ban on flights from U.K. by one week, require negative COVID-19 test from arrivals from Brazil (Yonhap, 19.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. More details can be found on the Republic of Korea Embassy in London website. All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for British nationals testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged.
    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 imprisonment, 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: 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. 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). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government;
    Busan Metropolitan City;
    Daegu Metropolitan City;
    Incheon Metropolitan City;
    Gwangju City;
    Daejeon Metropolitan City;
    Ulsan Metropolitan City;
    Sejong City;
    North Chungcheong;
    South Chungcheong;
    Gangwon;
    Gyeonggi;
    North Gyeongsan;
    South Gyeongsang;
    North Jeolla;
    South Jeolla;
    Jeju.

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    10.02.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korea’s authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 11 February because of new COVID-19 (Korea Herald, 27.01.2021). Authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 28 January (Gov.UK, 20.01.2021). South Korea’s authorities extend ban on flights from U.K. by one week, require negative COVID-19 test from arrivals from Brazil (Yonhap, 19.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): *Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. More details can be found from the local South Korean Embassy. All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests positive will be isolated and treated at a hospital or community treatment centre. 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 for 14 days. All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities. There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for British nationals testing positive. It is worth noting that individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on theGovernment of the Republic of Korea website .
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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 num ber 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: 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. 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). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government;
    Busan Metropolitan City;
    Daegu Metropolitan City;
    Incheon Metropolitan City;
    Gwangju City;
    Daejeon Metropolitan City;
    Ulsan Metropolitan City;
    Sejong City;
    North Chungcheong;
    South Chungcheong;
    Gangwon;
    Gyeonggi;
    North Gyeongsan;
    South Gyeongsang;
    North Jeolla;
    South Jeolla;
    Jeju.

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    28.01.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 28 January (Gov.UK, 20.01.2021). South Korea’s authorities extend ban on flights from U.K. by one week, require negative COVID-19 test from arrivals from Brazil (Yonhap, 19.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *International travel: On 15 January the Government of the Republic of Korea announced that the temporary suspension of direct flights from the UK to South Korea will be extended until 28 January 2021.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. The same requirement will apply from 15 January 2021 to all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by sea. More details can be found from the local South Korean Embassy.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then begin quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW (USD 110 approx) 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.
    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.
    You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport).
    Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    South Korean officials have expanded tighter gathering and business restrictions to the entire country as of 5 January. Authorities also extended the measures, previously only in effect for the Greater Seoul region, through 17 January. Under the enhanced restrictions, the central government bans private groups of more than four people. However, officials have allowed winter recreation facilities, such as ski slopes, to reopen, though they must limit customers to one-third capacity. These venues must close 2100-0500 daily; hotels can continue to accommodate up to 50 percent of guest capacity. Many tourist attractions and national parks remain closed. Authorities will also require all inbound foreigners to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure starting 8 January. Restaurants can only host patrons until 2100 daily; takeaway and delivery service can continue. High-risk entertainment facilities, including nightclubs and bars, must close. Authorities only allow one-third of students at most government schools; two-thirds of students can attend high school. Tighter measures continue in Greater Seoul, including Incheon and Gyeonggi Province, which remain under Level 2.5, the second-highest level. Authorities also continue to prohibit spectators at sporting events and in-person services at cafes. Many public establishments, including department stores, private schools, in-person dining, and entertainment facilities, must close by 2100. Evening bus and subway services operate at 70-percent of regular services after 2100 daily. Schools in Seoul have suspended in-person classes. The government requires individuals nationwide to wear facemasks on public transportation, in most public indoor areas, and at large gatherings. Officials will issue a fine of KRW 100,000 (USD 92) for individuals not wearing or improperly wearing facemasks. High-risk businesses are required to participate in a contact tracing-system requiring personnel to scan a quick response (QR) code before allowing patrons to enter establishments. Owners can manually record contact information if necessary. Businesses must also enforce facemask requirements on their premises. Officials could suspend operations or issue fines of up to KRW 3 million (USD 2,760) for companies violating the order. Temporary business closures are likely to occur at any establishments where employees or patrons test positive for COVID-19. Several major industrial plants and offices have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19; further disruptions are likely at facilities where outbreaks occur. Officials continue to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Busan requires vessels carrying seafarers who are nationals of or have travel history to Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Uzbekistan entering Gamcheon Port to use the QR code system to enhance contact tracing for crew members. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. International flight disruptions are likely to continue amid decreased demand.

    *Public spaces and services: 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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions and requirements should the level rise you should check the South KoreaDisease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) andMinistry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You can find information on any local variations on the COVID-19 response on the metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government
    Busan Metropolitan City
    Daegu Metropolitan City
    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Gwangju City
    Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju

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    20.01.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Authorities extend suspension of direct flights from U.K. until 21 January (SME Times, 06.01.2021).

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing / screening on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours of departure. The same requirement will apply from 15 January 2021 to all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by sea. More details can be found from the local South Korean Embassy.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then begin quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of 120,000KRW (USD 110 approx) 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.
    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.
    You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport).
    Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    South Korean officials have expanded tighter gathering and business restrictions to the entire country as of 5 January. Authorities also extended the measures, previously only in effect for the Greater Seoul region, through 17 January. Under the enhanced restrictions, the central government bans private groups of more than four people. However, officials have allowed winter recreation facilities, such as ski slopes, to reopen, though they must limit customers to one-third capacity. These venues must close 2100-0500 daily; hotels can continue to accommodate up to 50 percent of guest capacity. Many tourist attractions and national parks remain closed. Authorities will also require all inbound foreigners to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure starting 8 January. Restaurants can only host patrons until 2100 daily; takeaway and delivery service can continue. High-risk entertainment facilities, including nightclubs and bars, must close. Authorities only allow one-third of students at most government schools; two-thirds of students can attend high school. Tighter measures continue in Greater Seoul, including Incheon and Gyeonggi Province, which remain under Level 2.5, the second-highest level. Authorities also continue to prohibit spectators at sporting events and in-person services at cafes. Many public establishments, including department stores, private schools, in-person dining, and entertainment facilities, must close by 2100. Evening bus and subway services operate at 70-percent of regular services after 2100 daily. Schools in Seoul have suspended in-person classes. The government requires individuals nationwide to wear facemasks on public transportation, in most public indoor areas, and at large gatherings. Officials will issue a fine of KRW 100,000 (USD 92) for individuals not wearing or improperly wearing facemasks. High-risk businesses are required to participate in a contact tracing-system requiring personnel to scan a quick response (QR) code before allowing patrons to enter establishments. Owners can manually record contact information if necessary. Businesses must also enforce facemask requirements on their premises. Officials could suspend operations or issue fines of up to KRW 3 million (USD 2,760) for companies violating the order. Temporary business closures are likely to occur at any establishments where employees or patrons test positive for COVID-19. Several major industrial plants and offices have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19; further disruptions are likely at facilities where outbreaks occur. Officials continue to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Busan requires vessels carrying seafarers who are nationals of or have travel history to Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Uzbekistan entering Gamcheon Port to use the QR code system to enhance contact tracing for crew members. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. International flight disruptions are likely to continue amid decreased demand.

    *Public spaces and services:
    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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You can find information on any local variations on the metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government
    Busan Metropolitan City
    Daegu Metropolitan City
    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Gwangju City
    Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju

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    13.01.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government extends ban on direct flights from U.K. until 7 January 2021 (VoA, 28.12.2020). South Korean health authorities suspend inbound, outbound U.K. flights through 31 December (Xinhua, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Officials continue to suspend direct flights from the UK through at least Jan. 7. South Korea flights to the UK continue to operate, though disruptions are likely. Passengers from South Africa and the UK can still enter South Korea; however, officials have suspended visa issuance for these countries, except for diplomatic, official, and humanitarian purposes. Additionally, the government is no longer issuing exceptions to quarantine requirements through at least Jan. 17; arrivals from South Africa and the UK must undergo a 14-day quarantine, usually in hotels or residences. Passengers traveling from or transiting South Africa or the UK, regardless of nationality, must also present confirmation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result.
    *Entry to South Korea: South Korea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders). Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea. Direct flights from UK to South Korea are temporarily suspended until 7 January 2021. From 1 January 2021 all arrivals entering South Korea from the UK will be required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 48 hours of departure.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: From 1 January 2021, all arrivals entering South Korea from the UK will be required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 48 hours of departure.
    From 8 January 2021, all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air will be required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 48 hours of departure. The same requirement will apply from 15 January 2021 to all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by sea. Further information is available in the KDCA press release.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. Arrivals will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. All must then begin quarantine for 14 days. Anyone who tests 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 for 14 days.
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 14 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 100,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    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.
    You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: Individuals from the UK will 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    South Korean officials have expanded tighter gathering and business restrictions to the entire country as of 5 January. Authorities also extended the measures, previously only in effect for the Greater Seoul region, through 17 January. Under the enhanced restrictions, the central government bans private groups of more than four people. However, officials have allowed winter recreation facilities, such as ski slopes, to reopen, though they must limit customers to one-third capacity. These venues must close 2100-0500 daily; hotels can continue to accommodate up to 50 percent of guest capacity. Many tourist attractions and national parks remain closed. Authorities will also require all inbound foreigners to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of departure starting 8 January. Restaurants can only host patrons until 2100 daily; takeaway and delivery service can continue. High-risk entertainment facilities, including nightclubs and bars, must close. Authorities only allow one-third of students at most government schools; two-thirds of students can attend high school. Tighter measures continue in Greater Seoul, including Incheon and Gyeonggi Province, which remain under Level 2.5, the second-highest level. Authorities also continue to prohibit spectators at sporting events and in-person services at cafes. Many public establishments, including department stores, private schools, in-person dining, and entertainment facilities, must close by 2100. Evening bus and subway services operate at 70-percent of regular services after 2100 daily. Schools in Seoul have suspended in-person classes. The government requires individuals nationwide to wear facemasks on public transportation, in most public indoor areas, and at large gatherings. Officials will issue a fine of KRW 100,000 (USD 92) for individuals not wearing or improperly wearing facemasks. High-risk businesses are required to participate in a contact tracing-system requiring personnel to scan a quick response (QR) code before allowing patrons to enter establishments. Owners can manually record contact information if necessary. Businesses must also enforce facemask requirements on their premises. Officials could suspend operations or issue fines of up to KRW 3 million (USD 2,760) for companies violating the order. Temporary business closures are likely to occur at any establishments where employees or patrons test positive for COVID-19. Several major industrial plants and offices have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19; further disruptions are likely at facilities where outbreaks occur. Officials continue to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Busan requires vessels carrying seafarers who are nationals of or have travel history to Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Uzbekistan entering Gamcheon Port to use the QR code system to enhance contact tracing for crew members. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. International flight disruptions are likely to continue amid decreased demand.

    *Public spaces and services:
    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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You can find information on any local variations on the metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
    Seoul Metropolitan government
    Busan Metropolitan City
    Daegu Metropolitan City
    Incheon Metropolitan City
    Gwangju City
    Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju

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    05.01.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government extends ban on direct flights from U.K. until 7 January 2021 (VoA, 28.12.2020). South Korean health authorities suspend inbound, outbound U.K. flights through 31 December (Xinhua, 23.12.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: South Korea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders). Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea. Direct flights from UK to South Korea are temporarily suspended until 7 January 2021. From 1 January 2021 all arrivals entering South Korea from the UK will be required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 48 hours of departure.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.

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    30.12.2020
  • South Korea International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: South Korea has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders). Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: 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. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. You must receive approval before you travel from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea where you are. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services:
    Facemasks 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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You can find information on any local variations on provincial websites as follows:
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju

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    27.11.2020
  • South Korea International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: 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. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. You must receive approval before you travel from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea where you are. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services:
    Facemasks 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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You can find information on any local variations on provincial websites as follows:
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju

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    23.11.2020
  • South Korea International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: 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. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. You must receive approval before you travel from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea where you are. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Facemasks 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. South Korea currently has a five-level national social distancing scale. The Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that from midnight Thursday 19 November until midnight Wednesday 2 December, social distancing level 1.5 will be implemented in Seoul city and neighbouring Gyeong-gi Province, with Incheon moving to the same level (1.5) from Monday 23 November.
    For full details of the current restrictions, any local variations, and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You should continue to monitor the KDCA website and follow local guidance.

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    18.11.2020
  • South Korea International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: 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. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. You must receive approval before you travel from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea where you are. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Public spaces and services: Facemasks 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. South Korea is currently at level 1 on its five-level national social distancing scale. Under this level facemasks are compulsory in most public places and on transport, and local authorities are able to impose their own restrictions in some circumstances. For full details of the current restrictions, any local variations, and requirements should the level rise you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites (English). You should continue to monitor the KDCA website and follow local guidance.

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    02.11.2020
  • South Korea International Restrictions:
    *Entry to South Korea: Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea.
    *Transiting in South Korea: All transit passengers 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport.
    *Testing / screening on arrival: 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. 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. You can find more information on Korean arrival procedures on the Government of the Republic of Korea website.
    *Data collection: There are very limited exemptions from the self-quarantine system for important – primarily COVID-19 related – business, humanitarian or academic purposes. You must receive approval before you travel from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea where you are. 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.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Facemasks 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 is currently at level 1 on its three-level national social distancing scale. For full details of the current restrictions, and any local variations, you should check the South Korea Disease Control and prevention Agency (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare website (English). You should continue to monitor the KDCA website and follow local guidance.

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    12.10.2020
  • South Korea *****International Restrictions:
    Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea. **Transiting in 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport. 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. Individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before successfully testing negative and being discharged. 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. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Many public buildings, as well as public transport and airlines, require masks to be worn. On 23 August, due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, the South Korean government raised its social distancing requirements to Level 2 in its three-tier system across the country. Additional social distancing measures have been introduced for Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi areas, effective from 30 August to 6 September. For full details check the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) .[https://is.cdc.go.kr/upload_comm/syview/doc.html? fn=159765107610200.pdf&rs=/upload_comm/docu/0030/]. website (English). You should continue to monitor the KCDC website and follow local guidance.

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    31.08.2020
  • South Korea *****International Restrictions:
    Foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter South Korea. **Transiting in 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. Transit passengers at Seoul Incheon Airport require a ticket/boarding pass for their onward flight to their final destination. They should confirm with the airline(s) before departure that their bags have been checked through to their final destination (as transit passengers are not able to collect and re-check in baggage on arrival in Incheon Airport). Transit hotels are available in both Terminals 1 and 2 at Incheon Airport. 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. Individuals testing positive on arrival may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before successfully testing negative and being discharged. 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. 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.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Many public buildings, as well as public transport and airlines, require masks to be worn. On 15 August, due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, the South Korean government raised its social distancing requirements to Level 2 in its three-tier system for Seoul and neighbouring Gyeonggi province. For full details check the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) website (English). You should continue to monitor the KCDC website and follow local guidance.[https://is.cdc.go.kr/upload_comm/syview/doc.html?fn=159765107610200.pdf&rs=/upload_comm/docu/0030/].

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    25.08.2020
  • South Korea *****International Restrictions:
    From 10 August foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are permitted to enter South 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.
    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:

    Many public buildings, as well as public transport and airlines, require masks to be worn. On 15 August, due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, the South Korean government raised its social distancing requirements to Level 2 in its three-tier system for Seoul and neighbouring Gyeonggi province. For full details check the South Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) website [https://is.cdc.go.kr/upload_comm/syview/doc.html?fn=159765107610200.pdf&rs=/upload_comm/docu/0030/].

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    17.08.2020
  • South 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:
    From 10 August foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days are 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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    07.08.2020
  • South 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
  • South Korea 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. All passengers are subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to airline crew. 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. Effective 17 April 2020 at 20:00h: 1. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00. All passengers arriving in South Korea from overseas will be required to undergo two weeks of self-isolation.Those without local residence in South Korea will be quarantined at a government facility with a cost of approximately KRW100,000 per day. Mandatory testing of COVID-19 and 14-day quarantine is required for travellers (regardless of nationality) arriving from Europe. From 30 March, airlines are required to check the body temperature of all travellers to South Korea prior to departure. Travellers with a body temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius will be denied entry. From 28 March, all travellers arriving from Europe or the US are advised to use private vehicles to transit to their place of residence from the airport. Those who do not have access to private vehicles are to use designated buses and trains allocated for these travellers. Travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to an isolation facility for further COVID-19 testing (travellers without symptoms will also be tested for COVID-19 in a separate facility). If test results are positive, patients will be escorted to designated hospitals or other medical facilities for treatment. All violators (incl. foreigners) of the self-quarantine requirement will be punished by relevant statutory law. International travellers can transit if they do not clear immigration and stay within the transit area for up to 24 hours.

    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.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • South Korea 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. All passengers are subject to mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days.
    – This does not apply to airline crew.
    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.
    Effective 17 April 2020 at 20:00h:
    1. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

    From 1 April all passengers arriving in South Korea from overseas will be required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.
    Those without local residence in South Korea will be quarantined at a government facility with a cost of approximately KRW1000,000 per day.
    Travellers who hold A-1 visa, A-3 agreement visa, diplomats and their families are exempt from the 14-day mandatory self-isolation. Exemptions can also be made for travellers who receive permission from a South Korean Embassy to travel for the purposes of business, humanitarian work or participation in an academic forum.

    From 30 March, airlines are required to check the body temperature of all travellers to South Korea prior to departure. Travellers with a body temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius will be denied entry.
    From 28 March, all travellers arriving from Europe or the US are advised to use private vehicles to transit to their place of residence from the airport. Those who do not have access to private vehicles are to use designated buses and trains allocated for these travellers.
    Travellers with symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to an isolation facility for further COVID-19 testing (travellers without symptoms will also be tested for COVID-19 in a separate facility). If test results are positive, patients will be escorted to designated hospitals or other medical facilities for treatment.

    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.
    Even under ‘everyday life quarantine’, Daegu will have more stringent measures, such as mandating masks in public transport from 13 May.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    SITATA/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    Ministry of Health and Welfare/
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