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. 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.
The maximum periods for the quarantine exemption are 14 days. If your exemption period is less than those periods, you must either be quarantined for a total of 14 days (including exemption period) in your own place or in a government-designated facility (required to pay up to KRW 150,000 a day) or leave the country.
[Important Business Purpose Visitors]
Applicants for the quarantine exemption certificate must visit Korea with B-1(visa exempt), B-2(no visa), C-1, C-3, C-4, D-7, D-8, D-9, E-7, F-4, F-5, or F-6 visa.
The Korean Consulate in New York may issue quarantine exemption certificates only after we receive an official request document from the Governmental Department in Korea such as MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy), MSS (Ministry of SMEs and Startups), etc.
Please provide the contact information to the partner company (Inviting company) in Korea: (Tel. 1566-8110)
Before you submit the exemption certificates application, please confirm your quarantine exemption approval by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Required Documents are followed.
※ It may be helpful(easier) that the partner company (Inviting company) in Korea to apply.
1. Quarantine Exemption Application with Itinerary for Quarantine Exemption Period (Form-1)
※ The contents should be the same as those submitted to the relevant Korean ministry.
2. Agreement to the Terms and Conditions (Form-2)
3. Copy of Passport
4. Visa Grant Notice (Visa holder except B-1, B-2)
5. Flight schedule or airline ticket
6. Proof of stay: hotel reservation confirmation or write an exact address in Korea
[Humanitarian Purpose Visitors - Immediate Family Death]
The quarantine exemption certificate for humanitarian purpose can be issued only in case of deaths of the immediate family. The maximum period for quarantine exemption is 7 days. Once your exemption period is over, you must either be quarantined for a total of 14 days (including exemption period) in your own place or in a government-designated facility (required to pay up to KRW 150,000 a day) or leave the country.
7. Proof of stay: hotel reservation confirmation or write an exact address in Korea
※ If you are staying in your family’s place, you can write the family member’s name, address, relationship with the family member, etc on the application
If the test result is negative, you will be exempt from quarantine. However, you will still be subject to "Active Monitoring,” which includes daily submission of health status information via “Self-Diagnosis App” and answering daily phone calls from health authorities throughout your stay in Korea.
The person will receive a diagnostic test for COVID-19 upon entry into the ROK at a temporary testing site and wait for the result there, which can take up to 24 hours. The person will be exempt from quarantine if tested negative.