South Korea travel ban and restrictions

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The travel advice is Do not travel to South Korea. COVID travel advice is country is Partially Open for travel. Get travel ban, restrictions alerts and advice before travelling to South Korea. South Korea is part of Asia with main city at Seoul. Its Developed country with a population of 51M people. The main currency is Won. The languages spoken are Korean.
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🚨 Travel Advice for South Korea

Partially Open

for travel
Last updated: November 29, 2020

1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.

2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals 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 (Swaziland), Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, 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, Paraguay, 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, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport.

- This does not apply to airline crew.

- This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.

- This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, an official or a service passport.

3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.

4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.

5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.

6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.

7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) within 3 days after arrival.

- This does not apply to passengers with an Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean Embassy or Consulate before departure. They must be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival and stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.

8. A completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.

9. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 05:00 and 20:00.

10. Passengers with a Re-Entry Permit issued by Korea (Rep.) who left Korea (Rep.) after 1 June 2020 must have a medical certificate issued in English or Korean at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The certificate must:

- have a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result; or

- indicate if the passenger has symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

-This does not apply to:

- passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4); and

- passengers with a diagnosis exemption form; and

- nationals of Korea (Rep.).

11. Passengers are not allowed to transit Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.

12. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.

- This does not apply to airline crew.

13. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they are traveling onward to Thailand.

- This does not apply to nationals of Thailand with a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English issued at most 72 hours before departure.

- This does not apply to airline crew.

14. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed to transit Korea (Rep.).

- This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.

15. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

16. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal or Philippines in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English or Korean.

- This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.).

17. Passengers who have been in Uzbekistan in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The test must have been taken in Korea No 1 Laboratory. The certificate must be in English or Korean.

- This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.).

18. Merchant seamen with a visa must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English or Korean, and the passengers must have two copies of the certificate.

🛡️ Travel safety for South Korea

Do not travel

From 1 June, foreign nationals residing in South Korea on most types of long-term visas will need to apply for a re-entry permit before undertaking any travel out of South Korea. If you leave without a re-entry permit, you'll need to apply for a new long-term visa before you can return. Some visa holders may be exempt from these measures (see ‘Travel’). If you have been granted a re-entry permit allowing you to return, you'll also need a medical certificate (in Korean or English) confirming a negative COVID test result or that you show no symptoms of illness. This certificate must be issued within 48hrs prior to boarding your return flight to South Korea. Our advice has not changed: Do not travel to South Korea

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Last updated: November 29, 2020

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