The Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to implement mandatory quarantine to all travelers entering Korea from abroad, regardless of nationality, in an effort to prevent further inflow of COVID-19. The following measures will come into effect from 00:00 hours on 1 April 2020.
(1) All incoming Koreans and foreign nationals are subject to 14-day mandatory quarantine. All in-bound travelers are required to download the Self-Quarantine Safety and Protection App on their smartphone (attached).
(2) All in-bound travelers who display fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19 as well as all asymptomatic foreign nationals who depart from Europe are escorted to designated quarantine facilities located at the airport to be tested for COVID-19. Those who test positive will either be hospitalized for treatment or quarantined and monitored at a Living Treatment Center according to the severity of their symptoms. Those who test negative are required to quarantine for 14 days.
(3) All asymptomatic foreign nationals with long-term visas (holders of alien registration cards) are required to observe self-quarantine at their residence. Foreign nationals with long-term visas without a place of residence or on a short-term visit are required to be quarantined at a government-run facility, at their own expense.
(4) To minimize restrictions on necessary international travels, the 14-day quarantine requirement is waived for holders, excluding family members, of A1 (Diplomatic), A2 (Official) and A3 (Treaties) Visas, and those for whom an Isolation Exemption Certificate is issued at a Korean Embassy/Consulate prior to their departure.
The Isolation Exemption Certificate can be issued to only those with urgent business purpose, academic purpose (international conference participation), public interest or humanitarian purpose.
These travelers are tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and, if tested negative and even though they got the Isolation Exemption Certificate, will be subject to “active monitoring”. This includes daily submission of health conditions via the Self-Diagnosis App and the daily response to phone calls from health authorities throughout their stay in Korea.
Please follow the above-mentioned measures lest you should be subject to forceful expulsion and future entry ban.