International Travel Restrictions and Policies

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Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from United States to South Korea.

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Border Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Policies
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Changed
Cases Per Million
86.15
Decreased by17.49
at 12/3/2021
Vaccinated
83.07%
Increased by0.37%
at 12/2/2021
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions for vaccinated travelers

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Description

Travelers from selected countries are allowed to enter South Korea. Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

Start Date
3/31/2020
Changed

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TransitTourismMedicalBusiness
Description

Travelers, including nationals, must have a printed negative COVID-19 NAAT (PCR, RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA, NEAR, and others) test result in English or Korean. The test result must be issued a maximum of 72 hours before 12 am on the day of departure. The 72 hour time frame depends on the date the test result document was issued, not the sample collection date. Please check the source for more details.

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, if accompanied by travelers with a valid negative COVID-19 test result;
  • Air travelers in transit;
  • Travelers granted an exemption and have the required proof.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Lamp Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Rt Lamp Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Tma Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Sda Up To 72 hours Before Departure
  • A Near Up To 72 hours Before Departure
Start Date
Changed
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
Changed

On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival

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Description

Most travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in South Korea.

Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory 10-day quarantine

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Description

Most travelers must quarantine for 10 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 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
10 days
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory monitoring app

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Description

Travelers will need to download the self-diagnosis app on arrival in Korea. Travelers will need to respond to daily questions via a self-diagnosis mobile app for 10 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
Changed

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

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

Start Date
Changed

COVID-19 Risk Information

High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is high in South Korea.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
86.15
Decreased by17.49
at 12/3/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
4.10%
Decreased by0.80%
at 10/29/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
83.07%
Increased by0.37%
at 12/2/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
42,618,296
Increased by189,763
at 12/2/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.27
Decreased by0.05
at 12/1/2021

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

Local Guidelines

Visitors may need to sign up to a QR-based registration system to access most facilities, for contact tracing purposes. 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...
Checked
12/4/2021

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

Status
Operating
Severity
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Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Status
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

Status
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

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

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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