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Travel to South Korea

There are restrictions to the categories of passengers who can enter South Korea at this time. Please check the requirements before you travel.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Korean nationals arriving or transiting from the UK, South Africa and Brazil (effective 29 January 2021) must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of their scheduled departure from the country of origin. Koreans may enter the country without a COVID-19PCR test certificate, but they must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a government facility at their own cost. This does not apply to passengers who are 5 years or younger.

The negative COVID-19 test certificate requirement applies for passengers arriving on a direct flight or via a 3rd country. The certificate must be in Korean or English. Certificates that are not in Korean or English must be translated into Korean or English, notarized and submitted with translation certificate.

After 8 January 2021, 00:01 KST, all foreigners entering South Korea must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of their scheduled departure from the country of origin to be accepted on the flight. Any foreigner not in possession of the required certificate will not be accepted on the flight. This does not apply to nationals of South Korea or passengers who are 5 years or younger.

All foreigners entering South Korea who have stayed in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal and Uzbekistan within 14 days from their arrival date must carry 1 copy of a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of their scheduled departure from the country. The certificate must be issued by a testing lab or hospital designated by the Korean Embassy in the country. This does not apply to nationals of South Korea or passengers who are 5 years or younger.

Seamen travelling to South Korea with a C‑3‑11 visa must present a negative COVID‑19 PCR test result certificate issued within 72 hours of departure. Seamen travelling from Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Nepal and Uzbekistan must present a certificate issued by a test lab or hospital designated by the South Korean embassy in their country.

From 1 June 2020, registered foreigners who exited the Republic of Korea from 1 June 2020 who are seeking re-entry must apply for a re-entry permit.

Registered foreigners who are seeking re-entry travelling from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal and Uzbekistan after staying there for the last 14 days must present a negative certificate for a COVID-19 PCR test issued by the hospital/lab designated by the Korean embassy/consulate.

Exemptions

Effective 9 October 2020, customers connecting with Korean Air (KE) from Incheon (ICN) to Hong Kong (HKG) who are departing from countries in the Middle East including Dubai will not be accepted.

Transfer passengers from other areas through Dubai will be accepted for travel.

Connection to China via Incheon, Korea, is not allowed due to the lack of COVID-19 PCR testing facilities in the transit area. Passengers must have a visa and stay in South Korea for 14 days before taking a COVID-19 PCR test at two different hospitals, both with negative results, to continue their journey to China.

Other information

Effective 24 August 2020, the cost of quarantine and treatment may be imposed on the passenger.

Full costs will be imposed on violators of the isolation order or interdict of congregation or those who have submitted a forged COVID‑19 PCR test certificate regardless of the rules of reciprocity between countries.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.