[COVID-19 Update] New ‘Special Entry Procedures’ for the Republic of Korea


To cope with the spread of COVID-19, every arriving passenger from overseas to the Republic of Korea is now subject to a “Special Entry Procedure.” 

Note: As of April 1, all arrivals, Korean and non-Korean, will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine, regardless of the duration of their intended stay. This means that non-Koreans coming to Korea will be required to stay quarantined for 14 days. If they do not have a place to do so, they will be housed — at their own expense — in government-run facilities for the duration of their quarantine. 

Here is a summary:

-Arriving passengers must fill out a health declaration form and a travel itinerary form on the airplane. 

-Passengers’ temperatures will be checked (non-contact) upon arrival. Trained medical staff will make a visual inspection for any symptomatic passengers. They are permitted to request that passengers submit to further tests.

-All passengers will be required to provide a valid contact number and Korean address (one’s home or one’s accommodations, etc.).

-All passengers are required to download a mobile app (ncov.mohw.go.kr/selfcheck, Android, iOS) which allows arriving passengers and local health authorities to remain in contact for 14 days upon arrival. The information given on the arrival forms must match and remain up-to-date with the app. 

– All passengers are required to be tested for COVID-19 in the airport (free of charge).

New: As stated above, all arrivals, regardless of nationality, are required to abide by a 14-day quarantine.

Failure to comply with these rules will result in the health authorities calling the police to apprehend offenders. Korean nationals may be fined or jailed. Non-Koreans will be deported.

For more information on the Special Entry Procedure, visit the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s COVID-19 site or contact the Korean embassy in your country.

Related: [Notice] Expanded COVID-19 fever monitoring for domestic travel at Jeju Airport

If you experience any symptoms or have any questions, please contact the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hotline at 1339. They offer advice 24/7 in English (Press #4 on your phone keypad) and other languages.

Thank you.

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