Given the current rising health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the entire world, all travelers entering Korea are required to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in Korea starting from 1 April 2020.
However, for travel after 1 July, 2021, limited categories of vaccinated travelers may apply for a quarantine exemption certificate prior to embarking on their trips. The new policy applies to Korean nationals and foreigners alike if they are entering Korea to conduct important businesses, serve the public interest for academic or humanitarian purposes, or visit immediate family members.
To be exempted from the quarantine rule, travelers have to be fully vaccinated – meaning having received the minimum recommended number of shots – in the same single country at least two weeks before traveling to Korea. They also have to be inoculated with vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) – Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
All travelers also need to submit negative COVID-19 PCR test results issued within 72 hours of departure and get a COVID-19 diagnostic test upon their arrival in Korea.
Also please note that visitors from high-risk countries where the number of COVID-19 variant cases is high will NOT BE ALLOWED to skip the quarantine procedure.
High-risk countries can be updated depending on the progress of the pandemic. As of 1 August 2021, countries under the high-risk category include South Africa, Nepal, Russia, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, the Republic of Suriname, Haiti, Angola, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Eswatini, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, India, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Chile, Paraguay, Philippines, Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago.
Regarding further notifications on the quarantine exemption application, we will soon update details here. If you are planning for on-site participation in World Water Cities Forum, please stay tuned to any updates.