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Airlines Updates
Published on 18.05.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air adding Europe and US flights as travel restrictions ease.

Published on 17.05.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air schedules Airbus A380 New York return from July

Published on 13.05.2022, Air Busan:

Air Busan to increase frequency on five domestic services in JUN22 as demand surges.

Published on 09.05.2022, Asiana:

Asiana to expand flights to Europe amid eased virus curbs: Seoul-Rome FCO from 22JUN22.

Published on 04.05.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air extends suspension of Russian routes over safety concerns.

Published on 29.04.2022, :

Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

Published on 25.04.2022, Asiana:

Asiana Airlines to reopen route to India, offer more to Japan, others.

Published on 20.04.2022, T'way Air:

Two companies invest in South Korea’s T'way Air

Published on 20.04.2022, Air Busan:

S Korea’s Air Busan needs traffic rights access.

Published on 12.04.2022, Asiana:

Asiana to resume Incheon-Rome route on 18JUN22.

Published on 29.03.2022, Air Seoul:

Air Seoul to resume Incheon-Guam route from 14MAY22.

Published on 15.03.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air suspends routes to Russia until APR22.

Published on 08.03.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air said it canceled flights to Moscow because it can't refuel its planes there.

Published on 04.03.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air to cancel passenger flights to Moscow, reroute cargo flights.

Published on 02.03.2022, Asiana:

Presidential candidate floats Asiana Airlines' hub at Muan.

Published on 21.02.2022, Asiana:

Asiana returns to profitability in 2021, as cargo lifts revenue.

Published on 18.02.2022, Air Busan:

Air Busan may be sold amid Korean Air-Asiana merger.

Published on 14.02.2022, Korean Air:

Korean eyes launch of Boeing 737 Max flights in Mar-2022.

Published on 14.02.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air Wants To Get Involved With Developing Hydrogen Infrastructure.

Published on 09.02.2022, Korean Air-Asiana :

Korean Air-Asiana merger takes step further with Singapore approval, FTC’s imminent decision.

Published on 09.02.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air Introduces Biometric Self Boarding On Domestic Flights.

Published on 09.02.2022, Korean Air:

Published on 06.01.2022, Korean Air:

Korean Air launches digital documentation overhaul

Published on 29.12.2021, Asiana:

Asiana Airlines plans the A380’s return for MAR22

Published on 29.12.2021, Korean Air:

Hong Kong suspends Korean Air flights until 08JAN22 due to virus infections

Published on 22.09.2021, Korean Air:

Korean Air could face delays in absorbing Asiana.

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

Full Restrictions
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 on 15.12.2021

1. Until 6 January 2022, flights from Ethiopia are suspended.

2. Until 6 January 2022, passengers arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.); - passengers with a diplomatic or official passport;
- passengers with an A1, A2 and A3 visa.

3. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait,
Lesotho, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay
with a normal passport. - This does not apply to airline crew. - This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. - This does not apply to passengers with a
diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

7. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

8. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

9. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for
family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from
https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with
minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses (the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a
long-term visa).

10. Passengers must install the 'self-quarantine safety protection mobile app' found at https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc before departure or upon arrival. - This does not apply to: -
passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the
Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon
arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses
(the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a long-term visa).

11. Passengers must complete a "Health Declaration Form" and a "Travel Record Declaration" and present it upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.

12. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

13. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.). - This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

14. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

15. Passengers with an E-9 visa issued by Korea (Rep.) must present a completed 'Confirmation of Self-quarantine' form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at the local EPS
center.

16. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, NEAR,
PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The test result must: - be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation; and - have the name of the passenger which must
match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and - specify the date that the test was taken; and - be issued by
an approved laboratory if arriving from Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Myanmar; - passengers younger than 6 years; - passengers traveling on official business or funeral attendance purposes with a Quarantine
Exemption Certificate.

17. Passengers transiting to China (People's Rep.) must enter Korea (Rep.) to obtain a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. - This does not apply to passengers with: - an invitation
letter issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; - a Pre-Valid card (PVC) issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

18. Airline crew arriving from or who have been Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are
subject to a PCR test upon arrival.

Published on 09.12.2021

1. Until 16 December 2021, passengers arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.); - passengers with a diplomatic or official passport;
- passengers with an A1, A2 and A3 visa.

2. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait,
Lesotho, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay
with a normal passport. - This does not apply to airline crew. - This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. - This does not apply to passengers with a
diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

7. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for
family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from
https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with
minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses (the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a
long-term visa).

9. Passengers must install the 'self-quarantine safety protection mobile app' found at https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc before departure or upon arrival. - This does not apply to: -
passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the
Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon
arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses
(the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a long-term visa).

10. Passengers must complete a "Health Declaration Form" and a "Travel Record Declaration" and present it upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.

11. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

12. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.). - This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

13. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

14. 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.

15. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, NEAR,
PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The test result must: - be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation; and - have the name of the passenger which must
match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and - specify the date that the test was taken; and - be issued by
an approved laboratory if arriving from Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Myanmar; - passengers younger than 6 years; - passengers traveling on official business or funeral attendance purposes with a Quarantine
Exemption Certificate.

16. Passengers transiting to China (People's Rep.) must enter Korea (Rep.) to obtain a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. - This does not apply to passengers with: - an invitation
letter issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; - a Pre-Valid card (PVC) issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

17. Airline crew arriving from or who have been Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are
subject to a PCR test upon arrival.

Published on 03.12.2021

1. Passengers arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to
enter and transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.); - passengers with a diplomatic or official passport; - passengers with an A1, A2 and A3
visa.

2. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait,
Lesotho, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay
with a normal passport. - This does not apply to airline crew. - This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. - This does not apply to passengers with a
diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

7. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. - This does not apply to: - passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for
family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from
https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with
minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses (the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a
long-term visa).

9. Passengers must install the 'self-quarantine safety protection mobile app' found at https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc before departure or upon arrival. - This does not apply to: -
passengers with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for family visit purposes is invalid); - passengers arriving from Singapore under the
Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon
arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses
(the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a long-term visa).

10. Passengers must complete a "Health Declaration Form" and a "Travel Record Declaration" and present it upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.

11. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

12. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.). - This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

13. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

14. 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.

15. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, NEAR,
PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The test result must: - be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation; and - have the name of the passenger which must
match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and - specify the date that the test was taken; and - be issued by
an approved laboratory if arriving from Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Myanmar; - passengers younger than 6 years; - passengers traveling on official business or funeral attendance purposes with a Quarantine
Exemption Certificate.

16. Passengers transiting to China (People's Rep.) must enter Korea (Rep.) to obtain a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. - This does not apply to passengers with: - an invitation
letter issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; - a Pre-Valid card (PVC) issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

17. Airline crew arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are subject to a
PCR test upon arrival.

Published on 01.12.2021

1. Passengers arriving from or who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter and
transit. - This does not apply to: - nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.); - passengers with an A1 and A2 visa.

2. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada,
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait,
Lesotho, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi
Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay
with a normal passport. - This does not apply to airline crew. - This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. - This does not apply to passengers with a
diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

7. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

8. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 10 days. - This does not apply to: - passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they
received the vaccine in Korea (Rep.) at least 2 weeks before arrival or with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate; - passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel
Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon arrival obtained
from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses (the insurance
requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a long-term visa).

9. Passengers must install the 'self-quarantine safety protection mobile app' found at https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc before departure or upon arrival. - This does not apply to: -
passengers arriving from a country other than Botswana, Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa,
Ukraine, Uzbekistan or Zimbabwe with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine in Korea (Rep.) at least 2 weeks before arrival or with a Quarantine
Exemption Certificate; - passengers arriving from Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Lane with: - a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code obtained from
https://www.notarise.gov.sg/ ; and - a confirmed booking for the COVID-19 test upon arrival obtained from https://safe2gopass.com/ ; and - a printed copy of travel insurance with
minimum coverage of approximate USD 25,100.- for COVID-19 related medical expenses (the insurance requirement does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.) and passengers with a
long-term visa).

10. Passengers must complete a "Health Declaration Form" and a "Travel Record Declaration" and present it upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.

11. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

12. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.). - This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

13. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

14. 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.

15. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, NAAT, NEAR,
PCR, SDA and TMA tests. The test result must: - be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation; and - have the name of the passenger which must
match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and - specify the date that the test was taken; and - be issued by
an approved laboratory if arriving from Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries. - This does not apply to: -
nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Myanmar; - passengers younger than 6 years; - passengers traveling on official business or funeral attendance purposes with a Quarantine
Exemption Certificate.

16. Passengers transiting to China (People's Rep.) must enter Korea (Rep.) to obtain a green QR code with an 'HDC' mark. - This does not apply to passengers with: - an invitation
letter issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; - a Pre-Valid card (PVC) issued by the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site- subject to vaccine satus.
Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting).
If you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system/< a> before traveling to Korea, you may proceed to your final destination by public transport and take a PCR test within 24 hours. If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine

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COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate (with some exceptions – see ‘Exemptions’ below). The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. You should review the detailed information on nearest Embassy of the Republic of Korea website. If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 in Korea, you may upload a certificate of recovery rather than a negative PCR test result into the Q-Code system prior to departure.
All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. You can reserve an appointment for a PCR test upon arrival at Incheon Airport through the Airport Clinic’s website or take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea at a medical institution near your accommodation or residence. Foreign short-term travellers must pay for a PCR test at either the Airport Clinic or a medical institution while Korean citizens and long-term visa-holders may visit a local public health centre to take a PCR test for free within 24 hours of arrival.

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COVID-19 Total Vaccination date: 2022-05-18
COVID-19 Total Vaccination: 124989612
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination: 72709
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens, %): 243.62
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens): 1417

Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots.

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  • South Korea Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: Testing on arrival- All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate (with some exceptions). The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. You should review the detailed information on the website of your nearest South Korean embassy. If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 in Korea, you may upload a certificate of recovery rather than a negative PCR test result into the Q-Code system prior to departure. For all other foreign travellers, it is required to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.
    All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. You can reserve an appointment for a PCR test upon arrival at Incheon Airport through the Airport Clinic’s website or take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea at a medical institution near your accommodation or residence. Foreign short-term travellers must pay for a PCR test at either the Airport Clinic or a medical institution while Korean citizens and long-term visa-holders may visit a local public health centre to take a PCR test for free within 24 hours of arrival.
    If you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea, you may proceed to your final destination by public transport and take a PCR test within 24 hours. If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Quarantine requirements: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days). In addition, vaccination is considered complete and remains valid indefinitely following booster shots.
    For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you register your vaccination status through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system or if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’ certificate issued by a Korean embassy.
    If you’re visiting and must quarantine, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards. If you must quarantine and are a Korean national or long-term foreign resident with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, you may self-quarantine at home.
    Foreign short-term travellers who are not eligible for quarantine exemption may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    Foreign short-term travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW (approximately £75) while in government quarantine facilities.
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are an unvaccinated, short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later.
    Quarantine transport options are available from the airport for unvaccinated travellers. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination.
    Vaccinated travellers may proceed to their final destination by public transport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from outside South Korea 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.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Quarantine exemption availability- Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots.
    Entrants from certain countries may be excluded from exemption, even if fully vaccinated. Check the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website for further details.
    Unvaccinated individuals may be able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions from Korean embassies in some circumstances.
    *Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination in order to enter South Korea, however, if you do not register completed overseas vaccinations through the Q-Code system, you will be expected to quarantine for seven days. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, your vaccination status will be automatically linked to the Q-Code system from the COOV database. All arrivals are required to be tested.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travellers should follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ above.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described in ‘Testing on arrival’ above before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some British Nationals have tested negative in the UK and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year. You should follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ above.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ to enter South Korea.
    There are some exceptions to the requirement for children to present a pre-departure PCR test on arrival – see ‘Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests’ below. Parents should note that young children are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Korea, in line with the rules for adults.
    Unvaccinated children aged 5 and younger do not need to quarantine if accompanied by family members whose vaccinations are registered through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system.
    *If you’re transiting through South Korea: Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. 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. A “layover” – i.e. passing through immigration to enter South Korea during a long gap between flights – is not possible in South Korea, as everyone who enters the country through immigration must proceed directly into the COVID-19 testing system and is subject, in most cases, to a seven day quarantine requirement.
    *Exemptions: Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests. Children aged five and under are not required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. Individuals with quarantine exemptions issued by a Korean embassy for “humanitarian reasons” (i.e. to attend a funeral) or official business reasons are also exempt.
    *Quarantine exemptions: For overseas unvaccinated travellers arriving in South Korea, quarantine exemptions will be issued from Korean embassies only for attendance at the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you are resident. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. Guidance is available from your nearest embassy of the Republic of Korea.
    If you are unvaccinated and are travelling to Korea for business, your employer can apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see the ‘Testing on arrival’ section under ‘Exemptions’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    For more information on the Q-Code System, see the ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’ section.

    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.
    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< /a>
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.

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    13.05.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 in Korea, you may upload a certificate of recovery rather than a negative PCR test result into the Q-Code system prior to departure. For all other foreign travellers, it is required to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.
    All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. You can reserve an appointment for a PCR test upon arrival at Incheon Airport through the Airport Clinic’s website or take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea at a medical institution near your accommodation or residence. Foreign short-term travellers must pay for a PCR test at either the Airport Clinic or a medical institution while Korean citizens and long-term visa-holders may visit a local public health centre to take a PCR test for free within 24 hours of arrival.
    If you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system/< a> before traveling to Korea, you may proceed to your final destination by public transport and take a PCR test within 24 hours. If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Quarantine requirements: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days). In addition, vaccination is considered complete and remains valid indefinitely following booster shots.
    For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you register your vaccination status through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system or if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’ certificate issued by a Korean embassy.
    If you’re visiting and must quarantine, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards. If you must quarantine and are a Korean national or long-term foreign resident with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, you may self-quarantine at home.
    Foreign short-term travellers who are not eligible for quarantine exemption may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English. Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    Foreign short-term travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    Onward travel from the airport: If you are an unvaccinated, short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later.
    Quarantine transport options are available from the airport for unvaccinated travellers. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination.
    Vaccinated travellers may proceed to their final destination by public transport.
    Data collection: Individuals 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.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated:
    Quarantine exemption availability: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots.
    Entrants from certain countries may be excluded from exemption, even if fully vaccinated. Check the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website for further details.
    Unvaccinated individuals may be able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions from Korean embassies in some circumstances.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination in order to enter South Korea, however, if you do not register completed overseas vaccinations through the Q-Code system, you will be expected to quarantine for seven days. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, your vaccination status will be automatically linked to the Q-Code system from the COOV database. All arrivals are required to be tested.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some Foreign Nationals have tested negative in their country and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year.

    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.
    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< /a>
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.

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    29.04.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *Testing on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate (with some exceptions – see ‘Exemptions’ below). The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. You should review the detailed information on nearest Embassy of the Republic of Korea website. If you have recently recovered from COVID-19 in Korea, you may upload a certificate of recovery rather than a negative PCR test result into the Q-Code system prior to departure. For all other foreign travellers, it is required to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.

    All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. You can reserve an appointment for a PCR test upon arrival at Incheon Airport through the Airport Clinic’s website or take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea at a medical institution near your accommodation or residence. Foreign short-term travellers must pay for a PCR test at either the Airport Clinic or a medical institution while Korean citizens and long-term visa-holders may visit a local public health centre to take a PCR test for free within 24 hours of arrival.
    If you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea, you may proceed to your final destination by public transport and take a PCR test within 24 hours (see ‘Quarantine requirements’ below). If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Quarantine requirements: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days). In addition, vaccination is considered complete and remains valid indefinitely following booster shots.
    For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you register your vaccination status through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system or if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’ certificate issued by a Korean embassy – see ‘Quarantine exemptions’ below.
    If you’re visiting and must quarantine, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards. If you must quarantine and are a Korean national or long-term foreign resident with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, you may self-quarantine at home.
    Foreign short-term travellers who are not eligible for quarantine exemption may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). UK-issued documents can be legalised by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office – find out how to get a document legalised. Certified translations are required for documents not in English. Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    Foreign short-term travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are an unvaccinated, short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later. Quarantine transport options are available from the airport for unvaccinated travellers. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination. Vaccinated travellers may proceed to their final destination by public transport.
    *Data collection: Individuals from abroad 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.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Quarantine exemption availability. Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots. Entrants from certain countries may be excluded from exemption, even if fully vaccinated. Check the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website for further details. Unvaccinated individuals may be able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions from Korean embassies in some circumstances. See ‘Quarantine exemptions’ below.
    *Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination in order to enter South Korea, however, if you do not register completed overseas vaccinations through the Q-Code system, you will be expected to quarantine for seven days. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, your vaccination status will be automatically linked to the Q-Code system from the COOV database. All arrivals are required to be tested.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travellers should follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ above.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described in ‘Testing on arrival’ above before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some British Nationals have tested negative in the UK and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year. You should follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ above.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ to enter South Korea. There are some exceptions to the requirement for children to present a pre-departure PCR test on arrival – see ‘Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests’ below. Parents should note that young children are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Korea, in line with the rules for adults. Unvaccinated children aged 18 and younger do not need to quarantine if accompanied by family members whose vaccinations are registered through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system. For more information see ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’.
    *If you’re transiting through South Korea: Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. 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. A “layover” – i.e. passing through immigration to enter South Korea during a long gap between flights – is not possible in South Korea, as everyone who enters the country through immigration must proceed directly into the COVID-19 testing system and is subject, in most cases, to a seven day quarantine requirement.
    *Exemptions: Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests. Children aged five and under are not required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. Individuals with quarantine exemptions issued by a Korean embassy for “humanitarian reasons” (i.e. to attend a funeral) or official business reasons are also exempt.
    *Quarantine exemptions: For overseas unvaccinated travellers arriving in South Korea, quarantine exemptions will be issued from Korean embassies only for attendance at the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you are resident. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. Guidance is available from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in your territory.
    South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are unvaccinated and are travelling to Korea for business, your employer can apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see the ‘Testing on arrival’ section under ‘Exemptions’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption. For more information on the Q-Code System, see the ‘If you’re fully vaccinated’ section.

    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.
    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< /a>
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.

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    19.04.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: Testing on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate (with some exceptions). The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.
    All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. You can reserve an appointment for a PCR test upon arrival at Incheon Airport through the Airport Clinic’s website. PCR tests at the airport must be paid at the traveller’s expense. Alternatively, vaccinated travellers may take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in South Korea at a local health centre near one’s accommodation or residence.
    If you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea, you may proceed to your final destination by public transport and take a PCR test within 24 hours (see ‘Quarantine requirements’ below). If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Quarantine requirements: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days). In addition, vaccination is considered complete and remains valid indefinitely following booster shots.
    For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you register your vaccination status through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system or if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’ certificate issued by a Korean embassy.

    If you’re visiting and must quarantine, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards. If you must quarantine and are a Korean national or long-term foreign resident with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, you may self-quarantine at home.
    Foreign short-term travellers who are not eligible for quarantine exemption may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English. Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    Foreign short-term travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    Onward travel from the airport: If you are an unvaccinated, short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later.
    Quarantine transport options are available from the airport for unvaccinated travellers. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination. Vaccinated travellers may proceed to their final destination by public transport.
    Data collection: All Individuals 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.
    If you’re fully vaccinated: Quarantine exemption availability: Vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption. Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots.
    Entrants from certain countries may be excluded from exemption, even if fully vaccinated. Check the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s website for further details. Unvaccinated individuals may be able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions from Korean embassies in some circumstances.
    Re-entry permits: Fully vaccinated individuals are able to apply for special types of re-entry permit.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination in order to enter South Korea, however, if you do not register completed overseas vaccinations through the Q-Code system, you will be expected to quarantine for seven days. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, your vaccination status will be automatically linked to the Q-Code system from the COOV database. All arrivals are required to be tested.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travellers should follow the rules for above.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some Foreign Nationals have tested negative in their country and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive. Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year.
    Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ to enter South Korea.
    There are some exceptions to the requirement for children to present a pre-departure PCR test on arrival. Parents should note that young children are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Korea, in line with the rules for adults.
    Unvaccinated children aged 18 and younger do not need to quarantine if accompanied by family members whose vaccinations are registered through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system
    If you’re transiting through South Korea: Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. 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. A “layover” – i.e. passing through immigration to enter South Korea during a long gap between flights – is not possible in South Korea, as everyone who enters the country through immigration must proceed directly into the COVID-19 testing system and is subject, in most cases, to a seven day quarantine requirement.
    Exemptions: Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests: Children aged five and under are not required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. Individuals with quarantine exemptions issued by a Korean embassy for “humanitarian reasons” (i.e. to attend a funeral) or official business reasons are also exempt.
    Quarantine exemptions: For overseas unvaccinated travellers arriving in South Korea, quarantine exemptions will be issued from Korean embassies only for attendance at the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you are resident. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse.
    Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. Find out how to get a document legalised . South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption.
    If you are unvaccinated and are travelling to Korea for business, your employer can apply for a Quarantine Exemption Certificate through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see the ‘Testing on arrival’ section under ‘Exemptions’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.

    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.
    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< /a>
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.

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    04.04.2022
  • South Korea It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for! Starting from the 1st April 2022, fully vaccinated visitors to Korea will no longer need to quarantine upon entry into the country. The announcement was made last Friday, 11th March, and marks the first time Korea will be open to the majority of vaccinated visitors* since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    [*Please note this exemption does not currently apply to vaccinated visitors from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Myanmar, who must still quarantine for seven days.]

    FAQs

    Who qualifies as ‘fully vaccinated’?

    This refers to those who have a) received two doses of a WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine (at least 14 days prior to travelling, but within 180 days), or b) received a third (booster) dose of the vaccine.

    How do I demonstrate my vaccination status to gain entry to Korea?

    International visitors must register their vaccine status on the Q-CODE website before arriving in Korea – a QR code will be provided which you must scan at immigration. When registering, Q-CODE will ask for your personal information (including passport number), entry information (departure country, airline, address in Korea, phone number) and vaccine records.
    Q-CODE website: cov19ent.kdca.go.kr

    Is some quarantine-free travel allowed from 21st March?

    Only those who have received their vaccines in Korea, or registered their vaccine status via the Korean COOV app prior to 21st March, can qualify for the quarantine exemption from 21st March.

    Are there any other entry requirements?

    Covid testing: All international arrivals to Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure.

    Visa requirements: Eligible travelers can enter South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days without a visa, but you must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA).

    You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for two years from the date of approval.

    Please consult the Korean embassy in the country where your passport is registered for up-to-date visa information. For more information about entry requirements visit www.mofa.go.kr/www/index.do

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    25.03.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: Government lifts quarantine rule for fully-vaccinated visitors from 1 April (USA Today,16.03.2022)

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: Testing on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure.f you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.
    All arrivals, including children aged 5 and younger, and regardless of nationality and length of stay, are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are resident in South Korea, this can be at a local health centre near your residence. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    From April 1, if you have registered your overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea and your PCR test following arrival is negative, you may leave the testing facility by public transport (see ‘Quarantine requirements’ below). If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Quarantine requirements: Starting from March 21, 2022, vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or those who already registered their overseas vaccination history at a local Korean public health centre will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Starting from April 1, 2022, vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days). In addition, vaccination is considered complete and remains valid indefinitely following booster shots.
    For those who have not completed vaccination or who have not registered their vaccination history through the Q-Code system, the default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you register your vaccination status through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system or if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’ certificate issued by a Korean embassy.
    If you’re visiting and must quarantine, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards. If you must quarantine and are a Korean national or long-term foreign resident with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, you may self-quarantine at home.
    Foreign short-term travellers who are not eligible for quarantine exemption may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English. Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    Foreign short-term travellers who are unvaccinated or who have not registered their vaccination history through the
    Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are required to quarantine or take a PCR test at a government-designated facility upon arrival, transport to the facility (usually a bus) will be provided. You will be guided to the transport by airport officials as part of your arrivals process. Once you have been released from the facility, it will then be your responsibility to secure transport to your final destination.
    If you are an unvaccinated, short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later. (You will likely not be able to choose which facility you are sent to, so will not be able to pick one that is convenient for pickup.)
    Quarantine transport options are available from the airport for unvaccinated travellers. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination.
    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.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Quarantine exemption availability:
    Starting from March 21, 2022, vaccinated travellers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or those who already registered their overseas vaccination history at a local Korean public health centre will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Starting from April 1, 2022, vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    Vaccination is considered to be complete 14 days after the 2nd shot for a two-dose vaccine (valid up to 180 days) or with booster shots.
    Entrants from Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar are excluded from exemption, even if fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals may be able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions from Korean embassies in some circumstances.
    Re-entry permits: Fully vaccinated individuals are able to apply for special types of re-entry permit.
    Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination in order to enter South Korea, however, if you do not register completed overseas vaccinations through the Q-Code system, you will be expected to quarantine for seven days. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, your vaccination status will be automatically linked to the Q-Code system from the COOV database. All arrivals are required to be tested.
    If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travellers should follow the rules for All travellers above.
    If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some foreign Nationals have tested negative in their country and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year.
    Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can follow the rules for all travellers to enter South Korea.There are some exceptions to the requirement for children to present a pre-departure PCR test on arrival. Parents should note that young children are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Korea, in line with the rules for adults.
    From April 1, unvaccinated children aged 5 and younger do not need to quarantine if accompanied by family members who are registered through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system. Children aged 6 and older must be vaccinated and registered in the Q-Code system in order to be eligible for quarantine exemption.
    *If you’re transiting through South Korea: Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination. 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. A “layover” – i.e. passing through immigration to enter South Korea during a long gap between flights – is not possible in South Korea, as everyone who enters the country through immigration must proceed directly into the COVID-19 testing system and is subject, in most cases, to a seven day quarantine requirement.
    Exemptions:
    *Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests: Children aged five and under are not required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. Individuals with quarantine exemptions issued by a Korean embassy for “humanitarian reasons” (i.e. to attend a funeral) or official business reasons are also exempt.
    *Quarantine exemptions: For overseas vaccinated travellers arriving in South Korea before April 1, quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, only for a visit lasting 14 days or less, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse.
    For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.
    If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see the ‘Testing on arrival’ section under ‘Exemptions’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Starting from April 1, 2022, vaccinated travellers who have completed vaccination overseas and have registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system before traveling to Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.

    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.
    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< /a>
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.

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    18.03.2022
  • South Korea A PCR-RT test is no longer required to enter the country, but cheaper and faster rapid antigen tests are also acceptable. This is now unclear based on the reports coming from Korea. It could be that you need to have pre-departure and arrival PCR-RT tests and an antigen follow-up on the day 6/7.

    If South Korea doesn’t consider fully vaccinated, visitors need to quarantine for seven nights.

    The relaxed entry rules won’t apply to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar visitors.

    In the fall of 2021 (while it was still pretty much impossible for most people to visit) South Korea has introduced an Electronic Travel Authorization which most travelers are now required to apply for.

    The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is something that has been established with quite a few countries over the last decade. First, it was only Australia, then the U.S. introduced ESTA (for non-Visa holders), followed by Canada and now South Korea as well.

    The Korea ETA also requires a picture to be uploaded. There is a fee for the processing which comes at 10,300 KRW (~US$9) The website says 10,000 KRW but I was charged 300 Won extra..

    The ETA is required for travelers who:

    Do not have a visa for the Republic of Korea
    A person who intends to enter the country short-term for business or tourism purpose

    There are some exemptions as well such as for airline crew as well as transit passengers who do not require this ETA. Anyone who has one will no longer be required to submit the arrival forms at the immigration counter. You do need to update your details concerning the stay in Korea (first address) with each entry though.

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    15.03.2022
  • South Korea Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *All travellers: Testing on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. You should review the detailed information on the Embassy of the Republic of Korea . If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea.
    All arrivals – including children under the age of six, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are resident in South Korea, this can be at a local health centre near your residence. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If your test on arrival is negative, you can proceed onto quarantine (see ‘Quarantine requirements’ below). If your test is positive, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. You will be required to stay at a quarantine centre for 7 days (if you are a short-term visitor) or to isolate at home (if you are a long-term resident and if your accommodation meets certain standards). You will not need to take another PCR test at the end of your quarantine. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Quarantine requirements: The default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’. Regardless of where you are quarantining or if you have a quarantine exemption, you must take a PCR test on day seven. If you’re visiting, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards.
    Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for seven days.
    Foreign short-term travellers may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, not a sibling) of you or your spouse and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English. Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).< br>
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, transport to the facility (usually a bus) will be provided. You will be guided to the transport by airport officials as part of your arrivals process.
    If you are a short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later. (You will likely not be able to choose which facility you are sent to, so will not be able to pick one that is convenient for pickup.) . If you are resident in Korea and able to quarantine at home, you will be expected to make your way home using either your own car or quarantine transport options (see below).
    If you have a quarantine exemption, you are also required to use quarantine transport to proceed from the airport to the location where you will be staying.
    Quarantine transport options are available from the airport. Quarantine taxis can take you door-to-door. Quarantine buses run from the airport to locations around Seoul, from which you can take a quarantine taxi to your final destination. There are also quarantine KTX (bullet train) options if you live outside of Seoul; a quarantine bus will take you from the airport to Gwangmyeong KTX station. Once you reach your destination KTX station, you will be assisted to take a quarantine taxi to your final destination. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination.
    *Data collection: Individuals 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.
    During your quarantine period, the location of your mobile phone will be tracked, and you will be contacted if you leave the place where you are quarantining.
    *If you’re fully vaccinated: Quarantine exemption availability: Fully vaccinated individuals are able to apply for Quarantine Exemptions in some circumstances.
    *Re-entry permits: Fully vaccinated individuals are able to apply for special types of re-entry permit.
    *Proof of vaccination status: You do not need to demonstrate proof of overseas vaccination when entering South Korea. If you were vaccinated in South Korea, you will be asked to demonstrate your vaccination status using the COOV app or alternative paper certificate. All arrivals are required to be tested and are subject to quarantine (unless you have a quarantine exemption.
    *If you’re not fully vaccinated: There are no special provisions for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travellers should follow the rules for ‘All travellers’ above.
    *If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year: If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result, above before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some foreign nationals have tested negative in the and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    Otherwise, there are no special provisions for individuals who have had COVID-19 in the past year. You should follow the rules for All travellers above.
    *Children and young people: Children aged 17 and under can follow the rules for All travellers to enter South Korea. There are some exceptions to the requirement for children to present a pre-departure PCR test on arrival. Parents should note that young children are required to take a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Korea, in line with the rules for adults. Some children are eligible for quarantine exemptions under certain circumstances.

    *If you’re transiting through South Korea: Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
    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. A “layover” – i.e. passing through immigration to enter South Korea during a long gap between flights – is not possible in South Korea, as everyone who enters the country through immigration must proceed directly into the COVID-19 testing system and is subject, in most cases, to a seven day quarantine requirement.
    *Exemptions: Exemptions from pre-departure COVID-19 tests
    Children aged five and under are not required to provide a negative PCR test certificate on arrival in South Korea. Individuals with quarantine exemptions for “humanitarian reasons” (i.e. to attend a funeral) or official business reasons are also exempt.
    *Quarantine exemptions: You can apply for a quarantine exemption if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for seven days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, only for a visit lasting 14 days or less, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse.
    Children aged five and under who are travelling with their parents are eligible for a quarantine exemption as long as their parents are also eligible and the application is made at the same time. Unvaccinated children from age 6 to age 17 are not eligible for a quarantine exemption.
    For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassies of the Republic of Korea will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption.
    If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see the ‘Testing on arrival’ section under ‘Exemptions’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are a short-term visitor with a quarantine exemption, you will need to proceed from the airport to the location where you will be staying using quarantine transport.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. The Korean authorities have made clear that if you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures. Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    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
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

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    24.02.2022
  • South Korea Latest News:

    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 on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea (except children under the age of six and individuals with quarantine exemptions for “humanitarian reasons” – i.e. to attend a funeral – or official business reasons) are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. LAMP tests are accepted. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure.
    All arrivals – including children under the age of six, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some British Nationals have tested negative in the UK and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    *Quarantine and quarantine exemptions: The default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for seven days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’. If you’re visiting, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards.
    You can apply for a quarantine exemption if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for seven days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, only for a visit lasting 14 days or less, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see ‘Testing on arrival’ above). You will be taken to an airport testing centre for your PCR test on arrival and will not be able to leave until the result has been received. You will need to do antigen tests on days three and five and a PCR test on day seven, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for seven days.
    Foreign short-term travellers may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a direct ascendent or descendent (a parent/grandparent or a child/grandchild, not a sibling) and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English.) Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for seven days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. See For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Onward travel from the airport: If you are required to quarantine at a government-designated facility, transport to the facility (usually a bus) will be provided. You will be guided to the transport by airport officials as part of your arrivals process. If you are a short-term visitor quarantining with family members, your family members must pick you up from the airport or from a quarantine facility later. (You will likely not be able to choose which facility you are sent to, so will not be able to pick one that is convenient for pickup.) If you are a short-term visitor with a quarantine exemption, you will need to proceed from the airport to the location where you will be staying using quarantine transport (see below). If you are resident in Korea and able to quarantine at home, you will be expected to make your way home using either your own car or quarantine transport options (see below). Quarantine transport options are available from the airport. Quarantine taxis can take you door-to-door. Quarantine buses run from the airport to locations around Seoul, from which you can take a quarantine taxi to your final destination. There are also quarantine KTX (bullet train) options if you live outside of Seoul; a quarantine bus will take you from the airport to Gwangmyeong KTX station. Once you reach your destination KTX station, you will be assisted to take a quarantine taxi to your final destination. Guidance is available at the airport on how best to proceed to your destination.
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Data collection: All arrivals 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.
    During your quarantine period, the location of your mobile phone will be tracked, and you will be contacted if you leave the place where you are quarantining.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. If you are eligible to receive a PCR test, you will usually receive your results via text message within 1-2 days. If you are not eligible to receive a PCR test, you will receive an antigen test which provides results within approximately 30 minutes.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for quarantine and treatment at home, unless you suffer from certain medical conditions or are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Fully vaccinated individuals will generally need to quarantine (whether at home or in a facility) for seven days. However, some individuals testing positive have, in the past, spent over a month in hospital/ treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. Korean health authorities generally have broad discretion to apply the rules as they see fit. You may face additional costs from your travel provider if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    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
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    Read more
    04.02.2022
  • South Korea Latest News:

    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 on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea (except children under the age of six and individuals with quarantine exemptions for “humanitarian reasons” – i.e. to attend a funeral – or official business reasons) are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. LAMP tests are accepted. The test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. You should review the detailed information on your nearest Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London website.
    All arrivals – including children under the age of six, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you will still need to receive a negative PCR test result as described above before you are able to fly to South Korea. You should bring with you an official note from your doctor detailing when you tested positive, what treatment you received and/or what isolation you observed. If you test positive or inconclusive on arrival, Korean officials will consider this information when deciding how to proceed. Some foreign nationals have tested negative in the origin country and then tested positive on arrival in South Korea. Korean health officials have broad discretion in deciding what precautions are required and you may be required to quarantine even if you are no longer testing positive.
    *Quarantine and quarantine exemptions: The default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for 10 days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’. If you’re visiting, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards.
    You can apply for a quarantine exemption if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, only for a visit lasting 14 days or less, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse.
    Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) before you submit them. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see ‘Testing on arrival’ above). You will also need to take PCR tests within 24 hours of your arrival and on day 10, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
    Foreign short-term travellers may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a direct ascendent or descendent (a parent/grandparent or a child/grandchild, not a sibling) and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London will accept proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    Data collection: Individuals from the abroad 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:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for treatment at home, unless you suffer from certain medical conditions or are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Some individuals testing positive have, in the past, spent over a month in hospital/ treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    For full details of the current restrictions and requirements you should check the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) andMinistry 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

    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    Read more
    28.01.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korean government extends COVID-19 travel ban imposed on several African countries; quarantine requirement for all other International arrivals extended until 3 February (29.12.2021).

    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 on arrival: All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea (except children under the age of six and individuals with quarantine exemptions for “humanitarian reasons” – i.e. to attend a funeral – or official business reasons) are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate. From 20 January 2022, South Korea requires that the test must have been taken within the 48 hours prior to departure. (Prior to 20 January, the test must have been taken within the 72 hours prior to departure.)
    All arrivals – including children under the age of six, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    *Quarantine and quarantine exemptions: The default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for 10 days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’. If you’re visiting, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards.
    You can apply for a quarantine exemption if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure (with some exceptions, see ‘Testing on arrival’ above).You will also need to take PCR tests within 24 hours of your arrival and on day 10, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
    Foreign short-term travellers may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a direct ascendent or descendent (a parent/grandparent or a child/grandchild, not a sibling) and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled”). Certified translations are required for documents not in English.) Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English). All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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.
    During your quarantine period, the location of your mobile phone will be tracked, and you will be contacted if you leave the place where you are quarantining.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for treatment at home, unless you suffer from certain medical conditions or are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If the Korean authorities judge it necessary, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Some individuals testing positive have, in the past, spent over a month in hospital/ treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    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< /a> 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< /a>
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    Read more
    19.01.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korean government extends COVID-19 travel ban imposed on several African countries; quarantine requirement for all other International arrivals extended until 3 February (29.12.2021).

    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 on arrival: All foreign nationals (except children under 6) arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration. From 13 January 2022, South Korea requires that the test must have been taken within the 72 hours prior to departure. (Prior to 13 January, the test must have been issued within the 72 hours prior to departure.).
    All arrivals – including children under 6, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) within 24 hours after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    *Quarantine and quarantine exemptions: The default requirement when entering South Korea is to quarantine for 10 days at home (if you are resident in South Korea) or in a government quarantine facility (if you are visiting). You can avoid quarantine entirely if you have a ‘quarantine exemption’. If you’re visiting, you can quarantine with relatives if you can prove your relationship to them and if their accommodation meets certain standards.
    You can apply for a quarantine exemption if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to your departure. (Pre-departure tests are not required for children under 6). You will also need to take PCR tests within 24 hours of your arrival and on day 10, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days.
    Foreign short-term travellers may be able to quarantine with family members under specific circumstances. Your family member must be your spouse or a direct ascendent or descendent (a parent/grandparent or a child/grandchild, not a sibling) and must be resident in Korea (i.e. a Korean national or a foreigner with a long-term stay visa). You must be able to prove your family relationship, for example by showing your ID, a copy of your family member’s Korean ID, and a marriage or birth certificate, which must be legalised (or “apostilled. Certified translations are required for documents not in English.) Your family’s accommodation must meet certain basic standards (typically, they must have a separate bedroom and a separate bathroom for you). Your family must also be available to pick you up from the airport or the quarantine facility. These rules may change at short notice – your family member in Korea should double-check the rules before you travel by calling the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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.
    During your quarantine period, the location of your mobile phone will be tracked, and you will be contacted if you leave the place where you are quarantining.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for treatment at home, unless you suffer from certain medical conditions or are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If you do not meet the criteria for treatment at home, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Some individuals testing positive have, in the past, spent over a month in hospital/ treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    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:
    r
    Seoul Metropolitan government
    Busan Metropolitan City
    Daegu Metropolitan City
    Incheon Metropolitan City< /a>
    Gwangju City< /a>
    Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    * If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    Read more
    06.01.2022
  • South Korea Latest News: Authorities will require 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers starting on 3 December (Reuters, 01.12.2021)

    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 (except children under 6) arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours prior to departure. All arrivals – including children under 6, and regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only if you are resident outside of South Korea, and only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure (except for children under 6). You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days. All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW (approximately £75) while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. See Testing positive for COVID-19. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you have no or mild symptoms you will generally be eligible for treatment at home, unless you suffer from certain medical conditions or are unable to sufficiently isolate from others. If you do not meet the criteria for treatment at home, you will be moved to a quarantine centre or a hospital/treatment centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Some individuals testing positive have, in the past, spent over a month in hospital/ treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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.
    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:
    r
    Seoul Metropolitan government
    Busan Metropolitan City
    Daegu Metropolitan City
    Incheon Metropolitan City< /a>
    Gwangju City< /a>
    Daejeon Metropolitan City
    Ulsan Metropolitan City
    Sejong City
    North Chungcheong
    South Chungcheong
    Gangwon
    Gyeonggi
    North Gyeongsan
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    * If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    Read more
    17.12.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Authorities will require 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers starting on 3 December (Reuters, 01.12.2021)

    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 (except children under 6) arriving in South Korea are required to provide a negative PCR test declaration, issued within 72 hours prior to departure.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.

    Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days.
    Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure (except for children under 6). You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days. All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Data collection: All travellers 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 four-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
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status in South Korea: If you were vaccinated in South Korea, you can demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status using the COOV app on your smartphone. If you were vaccinated outside South Korea and recently entered Korea using a Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean Embassy overseas, you can take your Quarantine Exemption Certificate to your local health centre to register your vaccination and then can use the COOV app. There is no formal process at present for foreign national residents and visitors to register their overseas vaccination status with the Korean authorities without a Quarantine Exemption Certificate.

    Read more
    09.12.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Authorities will require 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers starting on 3 December (Reuters, 01.12.2021)

    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 prior to departure. All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel. Most quarantine exemptions are currently suspended to control the spread of the omicron variant, regardless of your nationality or vaccination status. If you arrive in South Korea without a valid quarantine exemption you will need to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine exemptions will continue to be issued only for business and academic travellers, government officials, or if you are travelling to Korea for the funeral of a close family member. You can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Family member” is defined as your spouse, a sibling of you or your spouse, or a “lineal” family member (parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren) of you or your spouse. Any family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *Data collection: Individuals from abroad 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 four-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
    South Gyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status in South Korea: If you were vaccinated in South Korea, you can demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status using the COOV app on your smartphone. If you were vaccinated outside South Korea and recently entered Korea using a Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean Embassy overseas, you can take your Quarantine Exemption Certificate to your local health centre to register your vaccination and then can use the COOV app. There is no formal process at present for foreign national residents and visitors to register their overseas vaccination status with the Korean authorities without a Quarantine Exemption Certificate.

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    03.12.2021
  • South Korea Latest News:

    International Restrictions:
    *Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19): 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 prior to departure. More details can be found on the website of your 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. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured. If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    If you have a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that you had received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before you departed from South Korea, you may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on your return. If you were only partially vaccinated in South Korea – for example, if you received one dose in South Korea and a second in the UK – you will not be eligible for this exemption. Arrivals from certain countries are not eligible for this exemption – if you are resident in South Korea, you should check with the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency by calling 1339 (support is available in English) before you travel.
    If you were vaccinated outside of South Korea and are travelling for “humanitarian” purposes, you can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. “Humanitarian” purposes is defined as attending a funeral or visiting “lineal” family members – parents/grandparents or children/grandchildren, but not siblings. Guidance is available from your local South Korean Embassy. South Korea does not accept marriage certificates or civil partnership documents between same-sex partners for the purposes of applying for a quarantine exemption. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure. You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence may self-quarantine at home for 10 days. All other foreign short-term travellers must quarantine at a government-designated facility for 10 days. Individuals are required to pay a daily charge of around 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, the local embassy of the Republic of Korea will request proof of your vaccine status.
    *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:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you do not need treatment, you will generally be moved to a quarantine centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. If you do need treatment, you will be moved to a hospital or treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Individuals testing positive may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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 four-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
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    If you are travelling to South Korea, plan ahead and make sure you: can access enough money to cover unexpected COVID-19-related costs; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    26.11.2021
  • South Korea Latest News:

    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 prior to departure.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    If you have a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that you had received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before you departed from South Korea, you may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on your return. Arrivals from certain countries are not eligible for this exemption – if you are resident in South Korea, you should check with the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency by calling 1339 (support is available in English) before you travel.
    If you were vaccinated outside of South Korea and are travelling for “humanitarian” purposes (to attend a funeral or to visit family), you can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. Any Foreign family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”). If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure. You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. 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 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: For the purposes of applying for an exemption from quarantine, check with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in your country. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    .
    *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:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you do not need treatment, you will generally be moved to a quarantine centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. If you do need treatment, you will be moved to a hospital or treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Individuals testing positive may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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 four-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
    *If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.
    If you are travelling to South Korea, plan ahead and make sure you: can access enough money to cover unexpected COVID-19-related costs; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    25.10.2021
  • South Korea Korean Air

    22.09.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government to allow quarantine-free entry from 1 July to some travelers vaccinated abroad (Reuters, 13.06.2021)

    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 prior to departure.
    All arrivals – regardless of nationality and length of stay – are also required to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) after entering South Korea. If you are not resident in South Korea, you will be taken for testing and must remain at the testing facility until a negative result has been secured.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    If you have a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that you had received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before you departed from South Korea, you may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on your return. Arrivals from certain countries are not eligible for this exemption – if you are resident in South Korea, you should check with the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency by calling 1339 (support is available in English) before you travel.
    If you were vaccinated outside of South Korea and are travelling for “humanitarian” purposes (to attend a funeral or to visit family), you can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. Any Foreign family relationship certificates (i.e. marriage or birth certificates) that you submit as part of your application need to be legalised (or “apostilled”). If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure. You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. 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 120,000KRW while in government quarantine facilities.
    If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 from inside South Korea (support is available in English).
    Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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:
    *Testing positive for COVID-19: If you think you might have COVID-19 while in South Korea, you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 for guidance (support is available in English). Outdoor sites where you can receive a free test are common in most cities. Results are usually issued via text message within 1-2 days.
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you must comply with self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued by the Korean authorities. If you do not need treatment, you will generally be moved to a quarantine centre until you have received two consecutive negative tests. If you do need treatment, you will be moved to a hospital or treatment centre. There is currently no charge for quarantine centre stays or for medical care in a hospital/treatment centre as long as you have not violated any quarantine measures.
    Individuals testing positive may spend over a month in hospital/community treatment centres before testing negative and being discharged. You may face additional costs if you have to rearrange your travel.
    Anyone displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the cost of your treatment and for any 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.
    *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 four-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
    SouthGyeongsang
    North Jeolla
    South Jeolla
    Jeju
    If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to enter a quarantine facility or hospital until you test negative. This could cause a significant delay to your travel plans.
    If you are travelling to South Korea, plan ahead and make sure you: can access enough money to cover unexpected COVID-19-related costs; understand what your insurance will cover; can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

    Read more
    19.08.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government to allow quarantine-free entry from 1 July to some travelers vaccinated abroad (Reuters, 13.06.2021)

    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.
    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.
    If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.
    If you have a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that you had received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before you departed from South Korea, you may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on your return. Arrivals from South Africa and Brazil are not eligible for this exemption.
    If you were vaccinated outside of South Korea and are travelling for “humanitarian” purposes (to attend a funeral or to visit family) as of 1 July you can apply for a quarantine exemption via the Korean Embassy in the country where you were vaccinated. Guidance is available from the . Some documents required for your application need to be legalised (aka “apostilled”) by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office before you submit them. If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries; if you are travelling for business, your employer can apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean).
    Even if you have a quarantine exemption, on arrival in Korea you will need to submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours prior to departure. You will also need to take PCR tests on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app.
    *Quarantine is mandatory if you do not have a quarantine exemption. 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 in government quarantine facilities.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment foreigner nationals testing positive for COVID-19. 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.
    Any travellers displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the individual 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.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    *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. There is a limited exception to this rule if you have received at least one vaccine shot, are outside, can maintain at least a 2 metre distance from others, and are outside of Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi.
    South Korea currently has a four-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

    Read more
    07.07.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government to allow quarantine-free entry from 1 July to some travelers vaccinated abroad (Reuters, 13.06.2021)

    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 Embassy of the Republic of Korea 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.
    Travellers with a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that they have received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before their departure from the country may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on their return. Those exempted need to comply with active health monitoring through an app, undertake two compulsory COVID tests and limit some activities for a 14 day period. Arrivals from South Africa and Brazil are not eligible for this exemption.
    Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, but without an official Korean government-approved vaccination certificate, may self-quarantine at home for 14 days. All other foreign short-term travellers without a Korean government-approved vaccination certificate 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. South Korea plans to recognise vaccination certificates from other countries from 1 July as discussed above.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for foreign nationals testing positive for COVID-19. 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.
    Any travellers displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the individual 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.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    As of 1 July, if you are fully vaccinated and travelling for business, academic or humanitarian purposes, you are eligible to receive a quarantine exemption even if you received your vaccination outside South Korea.
    Please note that:
    • To be eligible, you will need to have been fully vaccinated two weeks before entering Korea, and to have received a
    vaccine authorised for emergency use by the WHO (all vaccines have been authorised by the WHO)
    • If you were vaccinated outside your country, you will need to apply through the Korean Embassy in the country where you received your vaccination
    • Exemptions will not be available if you are travelling from South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Suriname, Paraguay or Chile
    • Exemptions will be available for unvaccinated children under age 6 who are travelling with their parents, but not for unvaccinated children aged 6-18
    • You will only be able to travel for “humanitarian purposes” in order to attend a funeral (within 14 days) or to visit family
    • Not all family members qualify – you will be able to visit your spouse and anyone in you or your spouse’s “direct lineage”, meaning parents or grandparents and children or grandchildren, but not siblings
    • If visiting family, you will need to include in your application proof of your relationship to your family member and proof that they are a legal, long-term resident in Korea
    • If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you will need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries
    If you are travelling for business, your employer will be able to apply Business Support Centre through the (in Korean)
    • You will still need to submit a PCR test result on arrival, take a PCR test on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Demonstrating your vaccination status is not formalised for entry into South Korea, so you should follow alternative advice for entry. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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. 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. There is a limited exception to this rule if you have received at least one vaccine shot, are outside, can maintain at least a 2 metre distance from others, and are outside of Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi.
    South Korea currently has a four-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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    01.07.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: Government to allow quarantine-free entry from 1 July to some travelers vaccinated abroad (Reuters, 13.06.2021)

    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.
    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.
    Travellers with a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that they have received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before their departure from the country may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on their return. Those exempted need to comply with active health monitoring through an app, undertake two compulsory COVID tests and limit some activities for a 14 day period. Arrivals from South Africa and Brazil are not eligible for this exemption.
    Korean nationals and long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, but without an official Korean government-approved vaccination certificate, may self-quarantine at home for 14 days. All other foreign short-term travellers without a Korean government-approved vaccination certificate 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. South Korea plans to recognise vaccination certificates from other countries from 1 July as discussed above.
    There is currently no charge for hospital/community centre treatment for foreign nationals testing positive for COVID-19. 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.
    Any travellers displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the individual 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.
    For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339 (support is available in English).
    From 1 July, if you are fully vaccinated and travelling for business, academic or humanitarian purposes, you will be eligible to receive a quarantine exemption even if you received your vaccination outside South Korea. Please note that:
    • To be eligible, you will need to have been fully vaccinated two weeks before entering Korea, and to have received a vaccine authorised for emergency use by the WHO
    • If you were vaccinated outside your country, you will need to apply through the Korean Embassy in the country where you received your vaccination
    • Exemptions will not be available if you are travelling from South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Suriname, Paraguay or Chile
    • Exemptions will be available for unvaccinated children under age 6 who are travelling with their parents, but not for unvaccinated children aged 6-18
    • You will only be able to travel for “humanitarian purposes” in order to attend a funeral (within 14 days) or to visit family
    • Not all family members qualify – you will be able to visit your spouse and anyone in you or your spouse’s “direct lineage”, meaning parents or grandparents and children or grandchildren, but not siblings
    • If visiting family, you will need to include in your application proof of your relationship to your family member and proof that they are a legal, long-term resident in Korea
    • If you are travelling for business or academic purposes, you will need to obtain special approval from the relevant Korean ministries
    If you are travelling for business, your employer will be able to apply through the Business Support Centre (in Korean)
    • You will still need to submit a PCR test result on arrival, take a PCR test on arrival and on day 6 or 7, and comply with active health monitoring through the Korean government app
    *Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status: Demonstrating your vaccination status is not formalised for entry into South Korea, so you should follow alternative advice for entry. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
    *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.
    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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    25.06.2021
  • South Korea 1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

    2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei
    Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Finland,
    France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,
    Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland,
    Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland,
    Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport. – This does not apply to airline crew. – This does not apply
    to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. – This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

    3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

    4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

    5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

    6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

    7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to passengers arriving from a country other than Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Equatorial Guinea,
    Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania or Zimbabwe with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating that they received the vaccine in Korea (Rep.)
    at least 2 weeks before departure.

    8. Passengers are subject to a PCR test for COVID-19 within 3 days after arrival.

    9. Passengers must complete a “Health Declaration Form” and a “Travel Record Declaration” and present it upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.

    10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 05:00 and 20:00.

    11. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

    12. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they are traveling onward to Thailand. – This does not apply to nationals of Thailand with a Certificate of Entry issued by
    Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English issued at most 72 hours before departure. – This does not apply to airline crew.

    13. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.). – This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

    14. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed “Visa Grant Notice” and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

    15. Passengers with an E-9 visa issued by Korea (Rep.) must present a completed ‘Confirmation of Self-quarantine’ form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at the local EPS
    center.

    16. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: LAMP, PCR, SDA and
    TMA tests. The test result must be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation. The test result must have the name of the passenger which must
    match the name in the passport, the date of birth and the name of the issuing laboratory. Passengers arriving from the Philippines must have a test result issued by an approved
    laboratory and details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries. – This does not apply to: – nationals of Korea (Rep.); – passengers who are 5 years or
    younger.

    17. Nationals of Korea (Rep.) without a printed negative COVID-19 LAMP, PCR, SDA or TMA test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point: –
    must have an “Agreement to Facility Quarantine” form. The form can be obtained at check-in or at https://nqs.cdc.go.kr/nqs/quaStation/incheonAirport.do?gubun=notice; and – are
    subject to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. – This does not apply to passengers who are 5 years or younger.

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    18.06.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korean government will partially lift ban on direct flights from U.K. on 9 May (The Korea Bizwire, 26.04.2021).

    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. You can find more details at your nearest Republic of Korea 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. From 7 May, travellers with a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that they have received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before their departure from the country may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on their return. Those exempted will need to comply with active health monitoring through an app, undertake two compulsory COVID tests and limit some activities for a 14 day period. Arrivals from South Africa and Brazil will not be eligible for this exemption. Travellers with vaccination certificates from countries other than South Korea are not currently eligible for an automatic quarantine exemption. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339.
    Korean nationals and long term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, but without an official Korean government-approved vaccination certificate, may self-quarantine at home for 14 days.All other foreign short-term travellers without a Korean government-approved vaccination certificate 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 for COVID-19. 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.
    Any travellers displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the individual 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.
    *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 here 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.

    Read more
    14.05.2021
  • South Korea Latest News: South Korean government will partially lift ban on direct flights from U.K. on 9 May (The Korea Bizwire, 26.04.2021).

    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. You can find more details at your nearest Republic of Korea 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. From 7 May, travellers with a Korean government-approved official vaccination certificate showing that they have received two vaccine doses in South Korea more than 14 days before their departure from the country may be exempted from compulsory quarantine on their return. Those exempted will need to comply with active health monitoring through an app, undertake two compulsory COVID tests and limit some activities for a 14 day period. Arrivals from South Africa and Brazil will not be eligible for this exemption. Travellers with vaccination certificates from countries other than South Korea are not currently eligible for an automatic quarantine exemption. For more information contact the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on 1339.
    Korean nationals and long term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card and Korean residence, but without an official Korean government-approved vaccination certificate, may self-quarantine at home for 14 days.All other foreign short-term travellers without a Korean government-approved vaccination certificate 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 for COVID-19. 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.
    Any travellers displaying symptoms or returning a positive test result for COVID-19 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 the individual 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.
    *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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    30.04.2021
  • 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.

    Read more
    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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