International Travel Restrictions and Policies

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Entry into South Korea From El Salvador is Restricted

Description

At this time, only travelers with valid visas can enter South Korea. International travelers are required to apply for a visa in advance at an embassy in order to travel to South Korea.

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  • All valid short-term visas issued on or before April 5th, 2020, are temporarily suspended.

  • Visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs have been temporarily suspended for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans.

Start Date
4/1/2020
Changed
7/21/2021

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative COVID-19 test results

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Description

Travelers, including nationals, must have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result in English or Korean. The result must be issued a maximum of 72 hours before departure.

Electronic results such as on mobile devices are not accepted.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 6;
  • Air travelers in transit.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
Start Date
2/24/2021
Changed
7/21/2021
Mandatory

South Korean eTA is coming soon...

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Description

Travel Authorization requirement for U.S. citizens to enter the ROK without a visa starting Sept. 2021

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Start Date
4/22/2021
Changed
5/6/2021
Mandatory

Re-entry permit required for foreign long-term residents

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Description

Foreign Long-term residents of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are required to obtain a re-entry permit prior to departing for international travel from Korea. Travelers Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2), International Agreement (A-3), or Overseas Korean (F-4) status are not required to apply for a Re-Entry Permit.

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Foreigners re-entering South Korea with a re-entry permit are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure to South Korea.

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Start Date
1/8/2021
Changed
7/21/2021

On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival

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Description

Travellers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival or a maximum of 3 days after their arrival in South Korea.

Start Date
3/3/2020
Changed
7/21/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine

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Description

Most travelers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in South Korea. Travelers may be tested during quarantine.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • A1 or A2 visa holders;
  • Vaccinated travelers who are Korean nationals with a Quarantine Exemption certificate issued by the embassy before travel;
  • Travelers who were vaccinated in Korea and whose vaccinations are registered with the Korean health system may be eligible to be actively monitored instead of undergoing quarantine;
  • Travelers that have been fully vaccinated and are traveling for business, academic, or humanitarian reasons with a quarantine exemption.

For more details, please see the source.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
Start Date
5/15/2021
Changed
7/24/2021
Not Required

No quarantine required for vaccinated travelers

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Description

Travelers who are fully vaccinated in South Korea and whose vaccinations are registered with the South Korean health system may be eligible to be self-monitored for 14 days instead of quarantine.

Limited categories of Korean nationals vaccinated overseas may apply for a quarantine exemption certificate at an overseas Korean Embassy or Consulate before travel.

This monitoring requirement does apply to:

  • Travelers considered to have completed vaccination after they received the second dose in a 2-dose series or a single-dose vaccine;
  • Travelers who received all the recommended inoculation in Korea, depart Korea after 14 days of the vaccination completion and entering the country afterward;
  • Travelers who after entering Korea, test negative for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic.
Start Date
5/15/2021
Changed
7/14/2021
Mandatory

Mandatory monitoring app

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Description

Travelers will need to download and respond to daily questions via a self-diagnosis mobile app for 14 days.

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Passengers who are unable to download the mobile app will need to provide a valid phone number and address in Korea to facilitate daily health monitoring by local government officials.

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Start Date
4/1/2020
Changed
7/21/2021

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travellers must wear masks in public places such as in airports, public buildings, and on public transport.

Start Date
5/27/2020
Changed
7/21/2021

COVID-19 Risk Information

High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is high in South Korea.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
30.85
Decreased by1.08
at 7/29/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
5.20%
Decreased by0.30%
at 7/29/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
36.53%
Increased by3.91%
at 7/29/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
18,729,701
Increased by2,003,631
at 7/29/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.38
Decreased by0.27
at 7/27/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

General

In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Current restrictions may vary per region. Regional government websites can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreig...
Last Checked
7/28/2021

Use of mask

local guidelines for use of mask
Status
Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in public places, on public transport, and when social distancing rules cannot be respected.

Public transportation

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Restrictions in place
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Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

local guidelines for restaurants
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Restrictions in place
Severity
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Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

local guidelines for bars
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Restrictions in place
Severity
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Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

local guidelines for nightclubs
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Restrictions in place
Severity
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Nightclubs are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Shops

local guidelines for shops
Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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