Latest South Korea Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in South Korea – updated 5 April 2021

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.

From March 19, 2021 all inbound travelers (Korean and foreign nationals) must fill out the Health Questionnaire and Special Quarantine Declaration in accordance with the Special Entry Procedure. They are also required to install either the “Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App” or “Self-Diagnosis App” on their phones to monitor if they show symptoms that indicate infection of COVID-19 such as fever during their stay in Korea.

From April 13, inbound travelers from the U.S. (Korean nationals and foreign-nationals on long-term visas) are subject to self-quarantine and must receive diagnostic tests within three days of their quarantine period.

Face masks are compulsory in public places (public transportation, demonstration sites and in healthcare facilities). Failure to wear an appropriate mask that covers both nose and mouth could result in a fine.  Those who violate a self-quarantine order may be subject to a fine, arrest, or deportation. 

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