South Korea To Remove Quarantine for Vaccinated Travellers

South Korea To Remove Quarantine for Vaccinated Travellers

The South Korean Health Ministry announced on 11 March the plans to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated foreign travellers from 21 March 2022

At present, travellers entering South Korea are required to undergo a seven-day self-quarantine. The ministry informed that people who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus will be exempted from self-quarantine when entering South Korea. 

Inbound travellers who are fully vaccinated and registered their vaccination status in Korea’s vaccine system will be exempted from the 7-day mandatory quarantine

Travellers are considered fully vaccinated if they had two doses of COVID-19 vaccines two weeks earlier but less than 180 days ago and those who got the booster shots.

However, four countries are excluded from the self-quarantine exemption. 

  • Pakistan
  • Uzbekistan 
  • Ukraine
  • Myanmar 

All international travellers will still need to take the rapid antigen tests twice on the 6th and 7th day after entering South Korea.

Who Can Travel to South Korea

The South Korean government only allows the following to enter the country.

  • Korean Nationals
  • Holders of diplomat visa, government official visa, agreement visa, ABTC, APEC CARD, Long-term visa of more than 90 days, overseas Korean visa, and refugee travel document
  • Foreigners or non-Korean Nationals staying for a long period of time re-entering the country after obtaining a re-entry permit when leaving the country after June 1, 2020

Mandatory Quarantine Exceptions

  • A-1, A-2 and A-3 visa holders with negative test results from COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be subjected to “Active Monitoring” which includes daily submission of health status information via the ‘Self Diagnosis App' and phone calls from health authorities.
  • Travellers who enter Korea via Vaccinated Travel Lane(VTL) from Singapore.
  • Travellers who have Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued for important business, official purposes or attendance of funeral.

US Issues Do Not Travel Warning For South Korea

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised against travel to  South Korea last month.

According to the CDC, the warning is due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. If you must travel to South Korea, traveller's COVID-19 vaccinations should be up to date and should follow all requirements and recommendations of the country.

To check the latest CDC update, visit the CDC official website.

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