[Covid-19] Updates in the quarantine exemption certificate for business trips

Since Sept 12, due to the second wave of Covid-19 outbreak, the Korean authorities tightened the conditions to obtain quarantine exemption certificate

  • The valid period of the certificate was shortened.
  • Additional documents are now required: itinerary/plan for isolation exemption period, disease prevention plans with detailed arrangements, signed consent form, etc.


You can refer to our past article on exceptions for business trips regarding the granting of Isolation Exemption Certificates.

Any Korean Nationals and Foreign Nationals with short-term visas (B1, B2, C1, C3, C4) and long-term visas (D7, D8, D9) are eligible to an Isolation Exemption Certificate. In order to obtain de permit, an inviting company or organization need to submit the following files to the relevant authorities (MOTIE in most cases):

  • Personal information (applicant) and company profile
  • Copy of applicant’s passport
  • Documents to prove the purpose of the visit (e.g. invitation letter, business contract, investment/business plan, etc.)
  • Application form including itinerary for isolation exemption period  Consent forms (e.g. agreement to terms and conditions)
  • Detailed quarantine arrangements (by places and people to visit and transport to use during the travel)
  • Certificate for Business Registration
  • Certificate of Registration of a Foreign-Invested Enterprise
  • Any other documents as requested by MOTIE

The isolation exemption period is limited to the needed time to accomplish the purpose of visit up to 14 days (7 days for humanitarian reasons). When the purpose is achieved and/or the exemption period is expired, the one should choose either 1) leaving the ROK or 2) self-quarantine or isolation in government-provided facilities for the remaining dates.

Contact FKCCI if you need assistance in the exemption process at welcome(@) and get more information in the Foreign Investment Ombudsman update.



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