Date Updated

04/06/2021



  • • 14-day quarantine at own accommodation that must be a standalone residence (long-term visa holders are generally not placed in a government facility) for long-term visa holders entering South Korea except for D-8 or D-9 visa holders who may be able to obtain an exemption from the 14-day isolation by obtaining an isolation exemption certificate from a Korean consular post prior to entry to Korea
    - Long-term visa holders are not permitted to leave the airport unless they present an address of a standalone residence that can be confirmed by airport quarantine officers; in principle, a hotel or other public lodging place cannot be used for self-isolation; however there may be specially-outfitted hotels for this purpose

    • 14-day self-isolation for short-term visa entrants (on visa waiver or C-line visas) at a government facility, unless they successfully obtain an isolation exemption certification from a Korean consular post prior to entry

    • Under the Fast Track Entry System, UAE citizens on essential travel to South Korea, including business, trade, academic, and humanitarian purposes, will not be subject to the full 14-day quarantine requirements, provided that:
    - They enter on a proper consular entry visa (C-4 for business and trade);
    - They obtain an Isolation Exemption Certificate from the Korean embassy; and
    - They comply with other prescribed COVID-19 testing requirements that may apply at the time of their entry

    • Rules on quarantine, which are non-immigration matters, are subject to change without prior notice; the Korea Centers for Disease Control issues and regularly updates quarantine and self isolation information for both Koreans and foreign nationals

    • Travelers may be asked to install a self-diagnosis application on their personal device which they need to regularly update for 14 days after arrival in South Korea (guidance will be provided at the airport); they will have to verify their address in South Korea, provide a phone number in South Korea and complete a Health Declaration Form and a Travel Record Declaration Form which must be presented upon arrival

    • Foreign nationals who apply for South Korean visas at consular posts in Japan must submit health status verification confirmation forms (the consular post may also request a hospital issued medical verification letter) and are also subject to heightened review of their applications (technical details should be checked with the applicable consular post in Japan); exceptions on a discretionary basis can be requested for humanitarian reasons

    • Symptomatic travelers are tested for COVID-19 at an airport facility regardless of country of departure

    • Asymptomatic travelers entering from Europe or the United States are subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing within three days at a designated testing center; those entering from elsewhere are subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing within 14 days at a designated testing center; guidance will be provided at the airport

    • All registered long-term visa holders who seek to depart and return to South Korea must obtain a re-entry permit from the immigration office in South Korea before departing South Korea; at the time of the re-entry permit application, the long-term visa holder must submit a consent form for medical examination and submission of diagnosis before re-entry; and before returning to Korea, he or she must obtain a written diagnosis report from a medical institution in the country the traveler is visiting and present it prior to boarding the return flight bound for South Korea and upon re-entry into South Korea at airport immigration; the government will cancel the visa and alien registration of long-term visa holders who depart South Korea without obtaining the reentry permit; also, long-term visa holders who fail to present the above diagnosis report will be prohibited from re-entry into South Korea; the re-entry permit will be granted only on a single-entry basis. The following are exempt from these requirements: A-1 diplomats, A-2 officials, A-3 SOFA visa holders and F-4 overseas Korean visa holders
    - The diagnosis report must be issued: (i) in Korean or English; (ii) from an authorized medical institution; (iii) based on a medical examination conducted no earlier than 48 hours prior to the date of departure; (iv) indicating date of medical examination and name and signature of examiner; and (v) diagnosis of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty in breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; the diagnosis report does not need to indicate whether one has tested negative for COVID-19 (but if the diagnosis report indicates a negative test result, it will be considered a valid diagnosis)
    - The traveler can obtain the re-entry permit at the airport on the day of their departure - early arrival at the airport is recommended; however, it is generally recommended that the traveler obtain the re-entry permit prior to their departure date, whether at an immigration office or through the online application system which is now available

    • Entry review of travelers entering Korea from the United Kingdom has been strengthened; specifically, the body temperature that triggers denial of boarding of flights from the United Kingdom to Korea has been lowered to 37.3 from 37.5

    • All foreign airline passengers entering South Korea must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours from departure
    - All South Korean nationals arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours from departure
    - The negative COVID-19 PCR test must be presented to the airline personnel upon boarding
    - The negative COVID-19 PCR test must be submitted to the quarantine authorities upon arrival in South Korea
    - The PCR test must be issued by a testing organization at the country of departure and must be in English or Korea; if the result is not in English or Korea, supplemental translated certificates can be submitted along with the PCR test result

    • All Korean nationals entering Korea are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours before the departure date; any Korean national who fails to obtain this negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be quarantined at a government facility for 14 days after arrival in Korea, at his or her cost; relevant details may be checked at websites of major Korean embassies or consulates


  • • Immigration offices remain open and there have been no announced plans to implement a reduced workweek or operations Travel Restrictions

    • Suspension of flights from the United Kingdom until 22 April 2021; this measure may be extended

    • Suspension of visa waiver for Japanese passport holders, with some very limited exceptions (for aircraft/vessel crew and transit passengers)

    • Suspension of validity of all existing single- and multiple-entry visas issued to Japanese nationals by Korean consular posts in Japan; this does not affect Korean long-term visas issued to Japanese nationals who are holding Korean Alien Registration Cards

    • Suspension of visa-waiver entry for nationals of 56 countries: New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Republic of Suriname, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia, Austria, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Morocco, UAE, Israel, Tunisia, and Lesotho

    • Suspension of visa-free entry for nationals of 34 countries: Nauru, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Australia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Brunei, Samoa, Tonga, Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, Paraguay, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Serbia, Croatia, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, and Seychelles

    • Visas are now required for transit through South Korea for Mainland Chinese nationals and visa nationals arriving from Mainland China (with some exceptions)

    • Short-term visas issued before 6 April 2020 are no longer valid and foreign nationals who hold short-term visas that were issued before 6 April 2020 must re-apply for new visas, under more stringent rules and greater scrutiny by the Korean consular posts; applicants will now be required to submit additional documents (such as a medical certificate issued within 48 hours before visa application and an agreement to quarantine) and may be interviewed regarding their health status
    - C-4 (Short-term Employment) Visas and long-term work visas (D-7, D-8, E-7, etc.) are not impacted and remain valid

    • Short-term visas and visa status of foreign nationals already in Korea remain valid

    • The Korean visa issuance and travel restrictions associated with the Hubei Province in China have been lifted; specifically:
    - Foreign nationals holding passports issued in the Hubei Province can obtain Korean visas and enter Korea
    - Foreign nationals who visited the Hubei Province prior to entering Korea can obtain Korean visas and enter Korea
    - Foreign nationals who have been issued long-term multiple-entry visas by the Korean consulate in Wuhan can enter Korea (provided such long-term multiple entry visas are still valid)
    - The Korean consulate in Wuhan has resumed visa-related operations; it is now possible to enter Korea on visas issued by the Korean consulate in Wuhan
    - This is general guidance published by the Korean Immigration Service; travelers are advised to check for further details with the Korean consulate in Wuhan or their respective airlines


  • • Yes, modified to allow for social distancing (recommend max of 2 passengers included both assignee and his/her family, wearing masks); difficult to arrange the visiting schedule with current tenant due to COVID
  • After quarantine, they accept all the enterants to check in
  • Depends on Korean government guidline, school switch between on line class and on campus class; visiting schedule could be limited depends on number of patients


  • • Strongly advised to stay at home, except for essential businesses * Gathering of more than 50 people are not allowed * Gyms and other indoor sports facilities as well as cram schools shut down * Big supermakets, department stores, hair salons, barbershops, cinemas and ammusement park should closed at 9 p.m. * Spectators are not allowed for sports games * It is advised that religious services be held remotely or limited to groups of 20 people or less * Indoor dining at restaurants is still open until 9 p.m. but coffee shops are mandated to sell only takeout * KTX train and other train tickets are only available for window seats


  • •Yes
  • Household Goods

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