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[COVID-19] Your guide to get vaccinated in Korea

[COVID-19] Your guide to get vaccinated in Korea - French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry

As the vaccination campaign is advancing more and more quickly in Korea, here is your practical guide to get access to vaccines against coronavirus!

 Foreigners in long sojourn in Korea have the same access conditions as Korean national to different options to get vaccinated. 

 

You have three options to get vaccinated: 

 

1) You are in the priority list on the national calendar

N.B.: Foreigners registered in Korea can have access to this vaccination procedure even without the Korean National Health Insurance. 

Target

  Vaccine Type  

Period

General population without comorbidity

Above 75

Pfizer

2021, April 1 ~

Between 75 and 74

AstraZeneca

2021, May 27 ~

Between 60 and 64

AstraZeneca

2021, June 6 ~

Between 18 and 59

N.A

Q3~Q4 2021 TBC

Population with chronic diseases

Patients with chronic kidney disease

AstraZeneca

2021, April 20 ~

Patients with severe chronic respiratory disease

AstraZeneca

2021, May 27 ~

Check the detailed calendar here: https://news.seoul.go.kr/welfare/archives/527697 

 

PROCEDURE 

Please check here the procedure: https://www.korea.kr/news/policyNewsView.do?newsId=148883385’   

 

 

 

 

 

[Application]

  1. Enter the site https://ncvr.kdca.go.kr/cobk/index.html 
  2. Click on "본인 예약"
  3. Click on "예약하기"
  4. Fill in all the information required. First of all, put your name, ID card number (Foreign Registration Number) and check your identity via mobile number. 
  5. Then, you need to put mobile number and choose if they want to get an alert service for each vaccination procedure. 
  6. Through the orange button, you can choose the medical center where you want to get vaccinated, and choose the date and time. 
  7. At last, by clicking the blue button, you can complete your booking for vaccination. 
  8. You will get informed via the service that you choose for the alert. 

[On the day]  

  1. Visit the medical center.  
  2. Check your identity. (Please bring your ID card)  
  3. Get the information about vaccination and fill up a form.  
  4. After getting vaccinated, receive a certificate for 1st dose.  
  5. Stay at the center at least 15-30 mins to see if everything is fine.  

[After Vaccination]  

  1. After arriving at home, please observe your physical state for 3 hours.  
  2. If you have any symptom like fever, headache etc, please go to see a doctor.  

 

2) You are going on a business trip  

N.B.: Foreigners registered in Korea can have access to this vaccination procedure even without the Korean National Health Insurance. 

The Korean government allows those who are not on the priority list but who have to go on a business trip abroad to get vaccinated.  It demands a document check of related ministry and the authorization of KCDA (Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency).  

 

PROCEDURE 

Please check here the procedure that has to be made from the portal of the Business Travel Support Center (BTSC) operated by KITA: 
Website : www.btsc.or.kr 
Address : Seoul Samseong-dong Coex 2F #A100
Phone : 1566-8110, 02-6000-7192~7195

  1. You have to apply via email to (btscvc(@)kita.net
  2. The subject of the email must be “CompanyName_DateofApplication_DateofDeparture_CategoryofProfession” 
  3. All the documents required must be submitted via email. (you can download all the forms needed here: https://urlz.fr/fNdC ) 
  • Application form (hwp/doc) 
  • Personal information of applicant (xlsx) 
  • Passport copy
  • Employment certificate 
  • Business licence or corporate registration 
  • Certificate of Essential worker(pdf), which is mandatory except President or CEO 
  • Copy of flight ticket (a round-trip) 
  • Justification of the necessity of Business trip, invitation, contract, or confirmation of Event registration 

 

ELIGIBILITY & CONDITIONS

Application is possible under those conditions :

  • If you need to go to a high sanitary risk country (as of March 2021, this list includes 135 countries) or if your visiting country or visiting organization required to get vaccinated
  • If there is an imperative business reason such as a contract to conclude, infrastructure construction or maintenance, or if an online meeting would not be possible for your business purpose.
  • If you are C-level ("임원")
  • You should apply at least 60 days before your departure. Request will be sent to the competent central administration to assess the imperative business reason. It will be transferred to KDCA who will give you the result 1 month after your application. Afterwards, you will have 1 month to do your reservation at a vaccine center.
  • Foreigners have access to this procedure but should be registered to the immigration at least during 3 months and their required documents are the same as for Korean Nationals
  • People who get through this process cannot choose which vaccine they get (currently, AstraZeneca is mainly administered). 
  • They can get a certificate in KR and EN. 
  • The process is available between 2nd and 3rd quarter of this year

Please note that quarantine exemptions are only granted if you are fully vaccinated and got negative PCR test results two weeks after receiving your last shot. Within this procedure, it is possible exceptionally to apply for a short delay of 4 weeks between 2 shots. So if you'd like a quarantine exemption through this process, you should apply at least 3 months and a half in advance: 1 month for application review, 1 month for first shot, 1 month minimum for 2nd shot and 2 weeks after full vaccination.

 

3) You apply for left-over vaccine 

N.B.: Foreigners registered in Korea must have the Korean National Health Insurance to get access to this vaccination procedure.

This process is available directly from calling medical centers or via both Naver and KakaoTalk platforms to book vaccination of left-over doses of no-show from people on the national priority list. It can be proceeded in two ways, either by:

  • Getting directly a leftover vaccine on the d-day ("당일예약")
  • Registering on waiting lists.

People over 60 have priority for this process. From June 10th, people under 60 can only book leftover vaccine on the d-day ("당일예약") through Naver and KakaoTalk and are not entitled to be on waiting lists.

People under 30 cannot access to this method as left-over vaccines are AstraZeneca only.

PROCEDURE

1) Naver 

  • Type “잔여백신” on Naver or Naver map then, you will see all the red points, which are medical clinics where you can get vaccinated. Select one of them and make a reservation. 

2) KakaoTalk 

  • At the top of the KakaoTalk application, find the #, Click “#잔여백신” then, click the yellow button to proceed the reservation. 
  • All the grey points represent the medical center, where you can get vaccinated. You can select one of them then book your vaccination.
  • To check your identity, you have to do a self-verification. (if you have got already a certificate offered by Naver or Kakaotalk, you can skip this step).

 

You can also register for left-over vaccines through notifications by being on waiting lists (only those over 60 from June 10th)

  • Register to maximum 5 medical centers in advance. → When those medical centers have some residuary vaccine, you will get a notification via Naver, KakaoTalk or SMS so that you can book your vaccination. 
  • This process is on a first come, first served basis. 
  • The no-shows without cancellation in advance won’t be able to this process anymore.  

More information here: https://ncvr.kdca.go.kr/cobk/index.html 

 

What are the social distancing rules for fully vaccinated people in Korea?

After being fully vaccinated and undergoing a negative PCR test 2 weeks after the final dose inoculation, you will receive a health pass from the authorities.

With this pass, you can apply for quarantine exemption when returning from abroad. Please check here the process for waiver of quarantine: http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/shBoardView.do?brdId=2&brdGubun=23&ncvContSeq=5280 

This pass might also exempt you from some restrictions such as the gathering ban on 5 or more people from July. The government also announced that from July, semi-vaccinated people might be exempted from mask wearing outdoors, from 14 days after receiving their first shot (TBC).

More details are to be announced shortly by the Korean authorities.

 

Is vaccination in France currently recognized in Korea?

Vaccination certificates issued from France and the EU are not yet recognized by the Korean authorities, but discussions are ongoing between countries' authorities towards mutual recognition of vaccination certificates. 

 

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance. FKCCI is available to provide help to all its members !

 

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