Travel Restrictions

Tourist is allowed to enter?

Partially Allowed

Quarantine is required?

All inbound travellers (excluding A-1, A-2, A-3 visa holders and travellers who received Quarantine Exemption Certificate from the Embassy) are subjected to 14 days quarantine upon their arrival in Korea. 

In general, Korean nationals and long-term residents of Korea may self-quarantine for 14 days at their registered place of residence.

Short-term visitors will quarantine for 14 days at a government designated facility at their own cost (KRW 1,680,000 per person). Please refer here for more details.

Can I be exempted from the quarantine?

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can apply for a ‘quarantine exemption’ which allows you to bypass quarantine when entering South Korea. The process of applying for a quarantine exemption varies depending on where you were vaccinated and the purpose of your travel.

What are the vaccines that are allowed?

Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Covishield, Sinopharm/Sinovac

Do I need to provide Test Results?

All countries are required to present a valid Negative PCR test.


Local Restrictions

Is there any lockdown in effect?

No, as of this time. But everyone must be compulsory wear Face masks in public places and on public transport. Failure to wear a mask can result in a fine of up to 100,000 Korean Won (£66). There is a limited exception to this rule if you have received at least one vaccine shot, are outside, can maintain at least a 2-meter distance from others, and are outside of Seoul, Incheon, and Gyeonggi.

Are events allowed?

Partially allowed.

How about transportation?

Transportation is operational.

Shopping Center / Malls are open?

Open, provided following the health protocol.

Restaurants and Bars

Open, provided following the health protocol.


Travel Advisory Checklist

1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April 2020 are no longer valid.


2. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini (Swaziland), Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Isl., Mauritius, Micronesia (Federated States), Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Isl., South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay with a normal passport.

  • This does not apply to the airline crew.
  • This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.
  • This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, an official, or a service passport.


3. Suspension of visa exemptions for nationals of Japan.


4. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) normal passport.


5. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.


6. Suspension of visa exemptions for passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.


7. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.

  • This does not apply to passengers arriving from a country other than Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad, and Tobago, Uzbekistan or Zambia with:
    • COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine in Korea (Rep.) at least 2 weeks before arrival; or
    • Quarantine Exemption Certificate.


8. Passengers must install the ’self-quarantine safety protection mobile app’ found at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mohw.corona&hl=en&gl=US before departure or upon arrival.

  • This does not apply to passengers arriving from a country other than Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad, and Tobago, Uzbekistan or Zambia with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the vaccine in Korea (Rep.) at least 2 weeks before arrival;
    • Quarantine Exemption Certificate.


9. Passengers must complete a “Health Declaration Form” and a “Travel Record Declaration” and present them upon arrival. The forms can be obtained upon arrival.


10. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.) for more than 24 hours.


11. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they are traveling onward to Thailand.

  • This does not apply to nationals of Thailand with a Certificate of Entry issued by the Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English issued at most 72 hours before departure.
  • This does not apply to the airline crew.


12. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.).

  • This does not apply to nationals of Egypt with a diplomatic or service passport.


13. Passengers traveling to China (People’s Rep.) are not allowed to transit through Korea (Rep.).


14. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed “Visa Grant Notice” and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.


15. Passengers with an E-9 visa issued by Korea (Rep.) must present a completed ’Confirmation of Self-quarantine’ form upon arrival. The form can be obtained at the local EPS center.


16. Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are LAMP, NAAT, NEAR, PCR, SDA, and TMA tests.


The test result must:

  • be in English, Korean, or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation; and
  • have the name of the passenger which must match the name in the passport, the date of birth or passport/ID number and the name of the issuing laboratory; and
  • specify the date that the test was taken; andbe issued by an approved laboratory if arriving from Indonesia, Philippines or Uzbekistan. Details can be found at the Korean (Rep.) Embassy website in those countries.
  • This does not apply to:
  • nationals of Korea (Rep.) traveling on official business or funeral attendance purposes with a Quarantine Exemption Certificate;
  • nationals of Korea (Rep.) arriving from Myanmar;
  • passengers younger than 6 years.