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.
o 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.
o 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.
o 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.
o 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. These travelers are tested for
COVID-19 upon arrival, and, if tested negative, 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.
o The government of the Republic of Korea requests that all travelers entering Korea must follow the above-mentioned
measures lest they should be subject to forceful expulsion and future entry ban.