Country`s borders status
Borders are closed. There are few exceptions however.
Transit for citizens of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is prohibited. Transit to China prohibited as well.
Citizens of Thailand may not enter South Korea if they depart or travel onward their home country. Those holding a Certificate of Entry and Fit to Fly health certificate are eligible for transit to Thailand via South Korea.
Arriving passengers must have printed negative COVID-19 test result. The result must meet the following criterea:
- must be LAMP, 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 72 hours 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.
It’s not necessary for citizens of South Korea travelling on business to have a negative COVID-19 test result.
Passengers arriving from Uzbekistan, Philippines and Indonesia, 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.
- 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 E-9 visa must fiil-in “Confirmation of self-quarantine” form upon arrival. It can be obtained in local EPS center.
Arriving passengers will be quarantined for 14 days and tested in the airport for COVID-19 within 3 days upon arrival.
Those who have an Isolation Exemption Certificate will be quarantined for 1-2 days awaiting the negative test results.
These passengers will 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, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Eswatini, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vietnam, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe;
- holders of an exemption letter from the Korean authorities.