Latest South Korea Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in South Korea – updated 26 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 applies from 15 January 2021 to all foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by sea.

Anyone who arrives in South Korea – regardless of where they are from or the length of stay – will undergo quarantine for 14 days. Some travelers may be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, some within 3 days of arrival, and some within 14 days, depending on the country of origin. If you are not a resident in South Korea, you will be quarantined in government-arranged facilities and charged a fee.

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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