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Covid Entry Check: South Korea Travel Restrictions

This South Korea dashboard provides you with information on travel restrictions, quarantine on entry, Covid-19 cases, entry requirements and green lane updates.

Overview
  • Partially Open
  • Up to 14 Days
Last reviewed on 22 Sep 2021, 10:40AM UTC

Covid-19 Statistics
NEW CASES
13,194
-10% (last 7 days)
ACTIVE CASES
12,209
37.23% (last 7 days)

Can you enter?

Entry is restricted to Citizens and PRs, Other Residents (pass holders), Business Travellers, Transit, the following travellers may also enter:
Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.

Other important information:
• All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 05:00 and 20:00.
• Travellers are not allowed to transit through South Korea for more than 24 hours.
• Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they are traveling onward to Thailand.
• Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit
• Travellers must install the 'self-quarantine safety protection mobile app' found at https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc
• Pre-arrival Covid-19 test result must:
- be in English, Korean or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation.
- have the name of the passenger which must match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and
- specify the date that the test was taken; and
- be issued by an approved laboratory if arriving from Indonesia, Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries.

What to expect in South Korea?

📝 Before your trip

You must obtain advance arrival permission to board your plane.
You will need a formal Medical Certificate presenting a negative PCR test from an accepted establishment.
Your Certificate must be within 3 days of your arrival.
For more information: https://tinyurl.com/m9fcz6dc

🛬 On Arrival

On Arrival you will be required to complete a test for Covid, with the cost borne by the traveller. For more information: https://www.koreanair.com/at/en/travel-update/covid19/travel-restriction/korea

😷 Quarantine details

General arrivals will be required to quarantine for up to 14days; Quarantine served at a home or at a dedicated facility (cost borne to traveller) (special arrangement may apply due to GreenLanes). For more information: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/html/vk/common_intl/corona/covid19_en.html

🛂 Travel restrictions

There are routes that have Green Lanes with fewer restrictions, see below.
There are no routes that have greater restrictions at this time.

✅ Greenlane Agreement
China
Fast track entry is only for business travellers from China with immigration clearance. Proof of negative result for Covid-19 PCR test is required 2 days before departure and approved by a local Korean embassy or consulate.
United Arab Emirates
Travellers must self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and obtain a medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test results, 96 hours before departure