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South Korea coronavirus travel restrictions

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The travel advice is Exercise a high degree of caution to South Korea. South Korea is Closed 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

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for travel
International travel to South Korea is permitted for those with a valid entry permit or visa. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of a WHO-approved vaccine, are exempt from quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure. These travelers will undergo health monitoring through an app, take two compulsory COVID tests, and must limit some activities for 14 days.
Those with a vaccine issued outside of South Korea can only be exempt from quarantine requirements if traveling for essential reasons including important business or academic interests.

Quarantine required

Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at a government facility and a test will be administered on day 14 of this period. The cost range per night is $100-150 USD and the 'Self-Diagnosis App' must be installed on a mobile device.
Nationals, residents, and long-term visa foreign nationals can complete the quarantine period at a private residence. The 'Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App' must be installed onto a mobile device.

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, to be provided upon departure. This document must be printed and written in Korean or English.

Other medical measures

All arrivals are subject to health screening, such as temperature checks, visual assessment, and completing a health questionnaire.
For more details Central Disease Control Headquarters, South Korea

Government measures

Visitors may need to sign up to a QR-based registration system to access most facilities, for contact tracing purposes. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Current restrictions may vary per region. Regional government websites can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-korea/coronavirus

Use of masks

Face masks are required in public places, on public transport, and when social distancing rules cannot be respected.

Public transport

Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restaurants are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Bars

Bars are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs are open with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. QR-code registration may be required for contact tracing purposes.

Shops

Shops are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

On return

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19 issued in selected countries are exempt from pre-departure testing, post-arrival testing on day 8, and quarantine requirements. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure.
Vaccinated travelers are still required to book a PCR test to be administered on or before day 2 after arrival and complete a passenger locator form. Travelers testing positive on the PCR test will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
Vaccination exemptions will only apply if the full dose and certificate were issued in the United Kingdom, Europe, United States, and other specific countries. A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

Quarantine required

Unvaccinated travelers are required to self-quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or accommodation, or the full duration of the trip if staying less than 10 days.
If traveling to England, travelers may apply for the 'Test to Release' scheme to be tested on the fifth day after arrival and be relieved from self-quarantine early, if the result is negative. Those with a positive result will be required to self-isolate for a further 10 days.
Further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

Test/medical certificate required

Proof of a negative nucleic acid test, such as a PCR, LAMP, or antigen test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided on departure. This certificate must be in English, French, or Spanish.
Further information on tests such as the minimum standards accepted can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-people-travelling-to-england#test-providers-and-type-of-test

Testing on arrival

Unvaccinated travelers are required to purchase a 'COVID Testing Package' before departure, for 'Day 2 and day 8 tests'. These tests must be administered twice during the self-quarantine, on or before day 2 and on day 8.
Vaccinated travelers who meet the exemption criteria are only required to book a 'Day 2 test'. This booked test must be a PCR test and administered after arrival, on or before day 2. Self-isolation is required until a negative test result is confirmed.
Proof of booking is a mandatory requirement for travelers, regardless of the duration of their stay, but the tests only have to be taken if the travelers are still in the United Kingdom on the test dates.
Tests can be booked directly at https://quarantinehotelbookings.ctmportal.co.uk/ or a list of approved third-party test providers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/find-travel-test-provider

Travel restriction details for South Korea

🚫 Destination Quarantine required
πŸ›¬ Return Quarantine required
πŸ–οΈ Some Visitors
🍽️ Restaurants & bars Fully Open
πŸ›οΈ Open shopping
🚌 Operational transport
πŸ“… events Partially Allowed

πŸ”’ Lockdown Details for South Korea

Face masks are compulsory in public places and on public transport. Failure to wear a mask can result in a fine of up to 100,000 Korean Won (Β£66). There is a limited exception to this rule if you have received at least one vaccine shot, are outside, can maintain at least a 2 metre distance from others, and are outside of Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi.
South Korea currently has a four-level national social distancing scale.
For full details of the current restrictions and requirements you should check the South Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency https://bit.ly/2VELDYT (KDCA) and Ministry of Health and Welfare websites http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/ (English). You can find information on any local variations in COVID-19 restrictions and requirements on metropolitan and provincial government websites as follows:
Seoul Metropolitan government (http://english.seoul.go.kr/) Busan Metropolitan City (https://english.busan.go.kr/index) Daegu Metropolitan City (http://www.daegu.go.kr/english/index.do) Incheon Metropolitan City (https://www.incheon.go.kr/en/index) Gwangju City (https://www.gwangju.go.kr/eng/) Daejeon Metropolitan City (https://www.daejeon.go.kr/dre/index.do) Ulsan Metropolitan City (http://www.ulsan.go.kr/english/index) Sejong City (https://www.sejong.go.kr/eng.do) North Chungcheong (https://www.chungbuk.go.kr/wwweng/index.do) South Chungcheong (http://www.chungnam.net/englishMain.do) Gangwon (http://eng.gwd.go.kr/gw/eng ) Gyeonggi (https://english.gg.go.kr/) North Gyeongsan (http://www.gb.go.kr/Main/opencontents/section/eng/index.html) South Gyeongsang (https://www.gyeongnam.go.kr/english/index.gyeong) North Jeolla (https://www.jeonbuk.go.kr/eng/index.jeonbuk) South Jeolla (http://www.jeonnam.go.kr/) Jeju (https://www.jeju.go.kr/corona19.jsp)
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πŸ›‘οΈ Travel safety for South Korea

Exercise a high degree of caution

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, South Korea has 4 levels of Social Distancing. Follow local media as levels and restrictions can change frequently. You're required to wear a mask in indoor public places or on public transport. You're also required to wear a mask in outdoor areas if you're unable to maintain a 2 metre distance from others. Limited exemptions apply. We now advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in South Korea due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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