Travel Restrictions Entering South Korea from the United States for Unvaccinated Travelers

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Summary

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed

Allowed

Transit is allowed

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Possible COVID-19 Test

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Mandatory Masks

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1x Mandatory Documents

Last Major Change

Cases Per Million

419.06
Increased by -180.86
at 1/26/2023

Vaccinated

86.59%
Increased by 0.00%
at 1/26/2023
Return Status
Restricted

Entry is restricted for unvaccinated travelers

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The information on this page is applicable to people who are unvaccinated and traveling from the United States to South Korea.

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Visas

🇺🇸 United States

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed

Border Type
Air
Description

Travelers can enter South Korea. Please check the recommended documentation requirement before traveling.

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Allowed

Transit is allowed

Border Type
Air
Description

Travelers can transit through South Korean airports.

Transit travelers must undergo temperature screening on arrival.

Symptomatic travelers must take a COVID-19 test on arrival. Travelers with positive COVID-19 test results must quarantine on arrival. Travelers without symptoms of COVID-19 and travelers who tested negative on arrival test may continue their journey.

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Before You Leave

Possible

Proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result may be required

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Most travelers don’t need a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling to South Korea.

However, travelers who have been in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, or Macao SAR in the past 7 days and travelers who have transited through Mainland China in the past 7 days must have negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test results. Travelers must take a PCR test a maximum of 48 hours before departure to South Korea. Alternatively, travelers must take an antigen test a maximum of 24 hours before departure to South Korea.

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This testing requirement doesn’t apply to the following travelers:

  • Travelers under the age of 6;
  • Korean citizens who were previously infected with COVID-19 and who have a positive COVID-19 PCR test result or professionally administered rapid antigen result from a test taken a maximum of 10 to 40 days before departure.
Testing Options
  • A Pcr Test Up To 48 hours Before Departure
  • An Antigen Test Up To 24 hours Before Departure
  • A Rapid Test (Professionally performed) Up To 24 hours Before Departure
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Mandatory

Re-entry permit is required for long-term foreign residents

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Description

Registered foreign residents who have departed on or after April 1st, 2022, and intend to re-enter South Korea after spending more than 1 year abroad from the date of departure (2 years maximum) must obtain a multiple re-entry permit before departing for international travel from South Korea.

This permit requirement doesn’t apply to the following travelers:

  • 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;
  • Foreign residents who have departed on or after April 1st, 2022, and will be returning within the 1-year allowance (2 years for permanent residents);
  • Nationals of Suriname, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Finland, and Chile.
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Recommended

Recommended pre-entry Q-code registration

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Travel Purpose
Business Medical Tourism
Description

Travelers are recommended to register for the pre-entry system (Q-code) for a prompt quarantine inspection before traveling to South Korea. Travelers without a Q-code may take longer for document inspection on arrival. These travelers must fill out a separate health status questionnaire distributed by the airline on board.

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On Arrival

Not Required

Quarantine is not required

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Description

Travelers don’t need to quarantine on arrival in South Korea.

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While There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travelers must wear masks in indoor places and on public transportation.

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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in South Korea.
Daily New Cases Per Million more information indicator
419.06
Increased by -180.86
at
Positive Test Rate more information indicator
6.87%
Increased by -2.86%
at
Percent Vaccinated more information indicator
86.59%
Increased by 0.00%
at
People Vaccinated more information indicator
44,867,396
Increased by 749
at
Reproduction Rate more information indicator
0.95
Increased by -0.06
at

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

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