South Korea

Borders are closed. There are few exceptions however.

Flights from Ethiopia suspended.

  • Short-term visas (C-1 and C-3) issued before April 5, 2020 have been suspended.

  • The visa-free regime has been suspended for citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lesotho, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay.
    This rule doesn’t apply to APEC business cards.


Holders of valid visa on expired passport upon arrival must present a printed Visa Grant Notice and the expired passport.

Holders of E-9 visa must fiil-in “Confirmation of self-quarantine” form upon arrival. It can be obtained in local EPS center.

Passengers are barred from enter if they have been in the past 14 days in one of these countries:
Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
This rule doesn’t apply to:

  • citizens and permanent residents of South Korea.

Transit for citizens of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is prohibited.

Arriving passengers older than 6 years must have printed negative COVID-19 test result. The result must meet the following criterea:

  • must be LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR, SDA, NEAR, NAAT or TMA;
  • must be issued in English or Korean, or be accompanied by translation in English or Korean;
  • must be printed;
  • test must be taken no more than 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point;
  • passenger’s name in test result must match his/her name in ID;
  • must have date, stamp or signatire of the laboratory which performed the test;
  • must have date of passenger’s birth or his/her passport number;
  • must have a date when the test was taken.

It’s not necessary for citizens of South Korea travelling on business to have a negative COVID-19 test result if they are exempted from self-isolation.

Passengers arriving from Uzbekistan, Philippines, must have medical certificate issued by approved clinic. List of such clinics may be found at consular website of these countries.

All passengers must fill-in and presented upon arrival two forms: Health Declaration Form and Travel Record Declaration.

Every passenger must install a “Self-quarantine safety protection” mobile application on his or her personal device before departure.
This rules doesn’t apply to those arriving from the countries other than:
Angola, Brazil, Djibouti, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uzbekistan,
holding a vaccination certificate issued by South Korea stating they were fully vaccinated no less than 2 weeks before arrival.

Arriving passengers will be quarantined for 10 days and tested in the airport for COVID-19 within 3 days upon arrival.

These passengers shall not be quarantined:

  • holders of vaccination certificate stating that they received the vaccine in South Korea. They must arrive from the country other than
    Angola, Brazil, Djibouti, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago or Uzbekistan;
  • holders of an Quarantine Exemption Certificate (the Quarantine Exemption Certificate for family visit is no longer considered valid);
  • those arriving from Singapore under “Vaccinated Travel Lane”

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