Checklist for Foreigners travelling to the Republic of Korea
For all foreigners who wish to travel to Korea short or long term, please read the below information regarding entry and Covid19 regulations. Currently there are no PCR test or quarantine requirements for people entering Korea including unvaccinated people. However, you may be subject to a 7-day quarantine or restriction of movement if you are tested positive/diagnosed COVID during your stay in Korea, as accordance with the Korean health rules.
1. There are no Covid 19 requirements at present for entry to Korea: Pre-departure Negative PCR test certificate and Mandatory 7 day entry quarantine are NOT required.
※ For those who are flying into Korea from China, please check the Korean Embassy in China website for Covid requirements.
2. Mandatory for entry: K-ETA or Valid Visa
o From April 2022 , nationals of visa waiver countries or designated visa-free countries must obtain ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before entering The Republic of Korea. Please visit this link for more information.
For entry to Korea, all foreigners must have a K-ETA or a valid visa to enter Korea. The K-ETA process will take around 72 hours up to a week and the result will be sent to your email address directly. Please have the printed hard copy ready.
Irish nationals are eligible to enter and stay in Korea for up to 90 days with a K-ETA for tourist purpose.
※You do not need a K-ETA if you have a valid visa to enter Korea.
※ The Embassy can not solve or answer K-ETA related questions. Please inquire the K-ETA Q&A page.
※ From 2023.4.1 to 2023.12.31, 22 countries/regions will be temporarily exempt from K-ETA . (List of 22 countries/regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, US (including Guam))
3. Q-code system.
Using the Q-code system is recommended for all people entering Korea to upload their health condition before their entry to Korea for a easier and faster entry. It can be all done online within 15 minutes. If you are unable to do so online before entry to Korea, you will have to manually insert the information after you land in Korea.