South Korea: restrictions and entry requirements 2022

Borders are closed. There are few exceptions however.

Flights from Ethiopia suspended.

Currently the following passengers may enter:

  • citizens of South Korea;
  • holders of K-ETA;
  • holders of a valid visa issued by South Korea.

Passengers must have a negative test result which meets the following criteria:

  • must be LAMP, PCR, RT-PCR, SDA, NEAR, NAAT, TMA or rapid antigen;
  • must be issued in English or Korean, or be accompanied by translation in English or Korean;
  • test must be taken no more than 2 days (24 hours for rapid antigen) 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;
  • must be either printed or uploaded to the website.

It’s not necessary for:

  • children younger than 6 years;
  • citizens and residents of South Korea with a recovery certificate issued between 10 and 40 days before departure.

Every passenger must install a “Self-check mobile app” on his or her personal device before departure.

  • The visa-free regime has been suspended for citizens of Grenada, Kiribati, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga.
    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.


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