COVID-19 Notice

Guidelines on Quarantine Exemption

COVID-19 NoticeGuidelines on Quarantine Exemption

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 applying for quarantine exemption. 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.

- Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients are eligible to apply for quarantine exemption 15 days after their 2nd dose date. Janssen vaccine recipients are eligible to apply for quarantine exemption 15 days after their 1st dose date.

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.

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 November 2021, countries under the high-risk category include Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Brasil, Republic of Suriname, Angola, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines .

Required documents

1. Copy of passport
2. Flight ticket
3. Quarantine Exemption Certificate Application
4. Quarantine Agreement to the Terms and Conditions
5. Vaccination Certificate
6. Pledge of Authenticity
7. Proof of stay

* Please note that these requirements may change on short notice, in which case we will inform you of the relevant details on this page.

- Those who have been granted quarantine exemption must have the Quarantine Exemption Certificates issued before departure and bring them in hard copies (4 copies) when they enter Korea. Otherwise, the quarantine exemption will not apply. (Once the individual enters Korea, the Korean diplomatic missions overseas cannot assist with his/her quarantine exemption procedure.)

- The test results must be issued in English or Korean. If issued in other languages, they must be translated into English or Korean and notarized by the Korean Embassy or local authorized translator/lawyer. Also, test results must include the following information:

your name

your date of birth(or passport no.)

the type of the test

the date and result of the test

the date of test result issuance

the name of the institution/hospital

the signature or stamp of the institution/hospital

- If foreign nationals fail to submit their test results, they will be denied entry into Korea.