Quarantine Exemption for Short-Term Foreign Visitors to the Republic of Korea
In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of Korea will require a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers entering Korea at either their place of residence or a government-designated isolation facility, effective April 1, 2020 at 00:00 hours. This mandatory self-quarantine will apply to everyone, regardless of nationality, except the short-term foreign visitors who are issued with an “Isolation Exemption Certificate” from the ROK Embassy or Consulate General prior to the trip.
In order to apply for the “Isolation Exemption Certificate”, you must visit Korea on 90-day visa free travel or with C1, C3, C4, D8 or D9 visa AND the purpose of the visit must be (a) important *business activities, (b) urgent humanitarian reasons(Only in the case of immediate family death).
(a) important *business activities
* Business purpose visitors must submit an official letter, which is to certify that your business trip is essential, from the Korean Government office like Ministry of Trade, Industry and energy or any Korean Government Office related with business trip.
b) urgent humanitarian reasons(Only in the case of immediate family death).
* You, your spouse's children, parents, and siblings. Excluding relatives/ Need family certificate and death certificate
If these conditions are met, Please email to us according to your case. we will send you application forms and a consent form.
- Guideline for Quarantine Exemption for Short-Term Foreign Visitors to the Republic of Korea
When you arrive in Korea with the "Isolation Exemption Certificate", you will be escorted to a separate facility outside of Incheon International Airport for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The test result will be available in 6 to 24 hours. Accommodation will be provided if an overnight stay is required.
a. If the test result is negative, you will be exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine. However, you will be still subject to "Active Monitoring,” which includes daily submission of health status information via “Self-Diagnosis App” and answering daily phone call from health authorities, throughout your stay in Korea.
b. If the test result is positive, you will be moved to hospitals or designated treatment centers for treatment/quarantine, regardless of the Isolation Exemption Certificate.