New COVID Testing Requirements for Travelers Entering Korea
All incoming travelers will be required to 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. The certificate must be in English, Korean, or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation. The name in the certificate must match the name on the passport. This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.); or passengers who are 5 years or younger.
Nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Brazil, South Africa, or the United Kingdom without a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point are subject to quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.
- This does not apply to passengers who are 5 years or younger.
Managed quarantine requirements for overseas arrivals will be strengthened, including requiring an additional test prior to ending quarantine. For travelers arriving from the UK and South Africa, strict infection control and contact management will be applied for precaution.
Only RT-PCR test will be valid, Rapid Antigen or RT-LAMP or Molecular Assay Test will not be accepted.
RT-PCR test certificate must indicate:
- Passenger full name (same as in his/her passport bio page).
- Test type
- Test result
- Issuance date
- D.O.B (or passport number or ID card number)
- Test date
- Stamp (or seal) of the issuing organization Or Signature
Travelers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 3 days after their arrival depending on each case:
- All travelers will be tested if they exhibit fever or respiratory symptoms identified at entry screening.
- Those with symptoms will be tested on COVID-19:
- Travelers who test positive will be transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center.
- Korean nationals or foreign nationals on long-term visas who test negative will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days at their own residences. The Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App must be installed)
- Foreign nationals on short-term visas who test negative will be placed under quarantine at facilities (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App to be installed)
- Those without symptoms:
- Korean and foreign nationals from Europe and the U.S. on long-term visas will be subject to self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App to be installed) and tested at a public health center within three days of arrival.
- Korean nationals and foreign nationals on long-term visas from countries other than the U.S. and European countries will be subject to self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App to be installed) and tested at a public health center within 14 days.
- Foreign nationals from Europe and the U.S. on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App and Self-Diagnosis App to be installed).
- Foreign nationals from countries other than the U.S. and European countries on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App to be installed) and tested at a public health clinic within 14 days.
Travelers exempt from quarantine—those holding A1 (Diplomat) or A2 (Government official) visas or Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by the Korean Embassy or Consulate General prior to the entry— will receive tests and will wait for the results at a temporary screening facility (testing may take up to two days). If they test negative, they are subject to active monitoring for 14 days from the day of arrival by installing the Self-Diagnosis App.
For inbound travelers, testing and treatment expenses are covered by the Korean government.