BORDER STATUS South Korea

Latest information on travel bans during COVID-19

South Korea

Country`s borders status

Borders are open but with strict limitations

  • For the transit of passengers from China, you must have a visa issued in the Republic of Korea. With the exception of citizens of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Great Britain, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland, Republic of Korea, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican and Venezuela.
  • All flights are arriving at Incheon Airport (ICN) from 5:00 to 20:00.
Transit for citizens of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is prohibited.

Citizens of the following countries may not enter South Korea if they depart or travel onward their home country: Mongolia, Thailand.
Citizens of Thailand holding a Certificate of Entry and Fit to Fly health certificate are eligible for transit to Thailand via South Korea.

Residents of the South Korea may enter country only if they are holders of re-entry permit and medical certificate. The certificate must:
  • issued by local authorized medical institute no less than 48 hours before departure;
  • written on English or Korean;
  • include date of testing and the presence or absence of COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms);
  • signed by medical examiner.
This resrtictions doesn’t apply to:
  • visa holders of the following types: A1, A2, A3, F4.
Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Nepal or Philippines,  in the past 14 days must have medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 48 hours before arrival. The certificate must be in English. This rule doesn’t apply to citizens of South Korea.

Holders of Re-Entry Permit issued by South Korea who left the country after 1 June 2020 must have medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. The certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours before departure and must be in English or Korean.

This rule doesn’t apply to:
  • those who exempted from testing under medical condition (they need to prove it);
  • citizens of South Korea.
Passengers who have been to Uzbekistan in the last 14 days, must have a medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test result. This rule doesn’t apply to citizens of South Korea. The certificate must be:
  • issued by Korea №1 Laboratory;
  • issued no more than 48 hours before departure;
  • in English or Korean.
  • 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, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Paraguay, Tunisia or 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.

Arriving passengers will be quarantined for 14 days and tested in the airport for COVID-19 within 3 days upon arrival. They will be quarantined for 1-2 days awaiting the results of the test.

Citizens and residents of the Republic of Korea are required to install the application “Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app”.

Arriving passengers must install “Self-diagnosis Mobile App”, and fill out and present upon arrival the “Health Declaration Form” and “Special Quarantine Declaration Form”.


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