[UPDATE - COVID-19] Quarantine Conditions for Inbound Travelers in Korea

Quarantine Conditions for inbound travelers (Foreigners and Korean Nationals) in Korea

All inbound travelers are required to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in Korea. However exemptions are granted in some cases.

Quarantine Conditions for Long-term Residents

  • Korean nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Korea have to self-quarantine at their place of residence unless this place of residence is not judged as suitable by the Korean authorities.
  • Travelers are required to do a Covid-19 test within 72 hours prior to entry and shall undergo a symptoms screening procedure at Incheon airport.

*More info on Korean Embassy in France website

  • At Incheon Airport, if no symptoms are detected, the traveler can go by private car, designated taxi (~70,000 KRW) or designated shuttle (free) to his/her place of residence, then proceed to a Covid-19 test at the nearest center within 3 days, by foot or directly from the airport. Usage of public transportation is not allowed.

*You can call the KCDA hotline at 1339 (available 24/7) or this website to know about the nearest test center.​

  • If symptoms are detected at the airport, the traveler will be subject to a Covid-19 test at the airport and will have to wait there until further notice.
  • During your quarantine, you shall download the 'Self Diagnosis' application and fill in your status twice a day. You will also receive a phone call from your local administration every day to check on your status.
  • Under no conditions, except emergencies and to go do the Covid-19 test center, you must leave your place of residence. Smokers are encouraged to find alternatives.
  • After the 14 days of quarantine, if the local administration assesses the person is still at risk, it could require a 3rd PCR test.


Quarantine Conditions for Short-Term Visitors (non-residents)

*Currently, the bilateral French-Korean agreement that does not require visa for short-term stay (less than 90 days) is suspended. Therefore, all short-term visitors shall apply to the relevant visa to their situation.

  • Foreign nationals who are short-term visitors in Korea, or Korean nationals and/or foreign residents whose place of residence is deemed not suitable for quarantine, will serve the quarantine at a designated government facility at their own cost (KRW 1,680,000 per person). Quarantine facilities are randomly assigned and cannot be changed for personal reasons.
  • The Facility Quarantine Agreement must be completed and submitted to the airlines.

*See Attachment 1 in this link.

  • Visitors will be tested automatically at their quarantine facility.
  • Transportation from the airport to the government facility is provided.​​
  • They shall download the latest version of 'Self Diagnosis' prior to entry in Korea and conduct self-diagnosis twice a day. You will also receive a phone call from the KCDA everyday to check on your status.
  • Packages of food and other necessities will be provided to you.
  • Under no conditions, except emergencies, you must leave your quarantine facility. Smokers are encouraged to find alternatives.
  • After the 14 days of quarantine, if the local authorities assess the person is still at risk, it could require a third PCR test. If not considered at risk, the third PCR test is not obligatory.


Quarantine Exemptions

  • Koreans and foreign residents (vaccinated or not) can apply to "Quarantine Exemption Certificate" prior the trip in case of IMPERATIVE business, academic, humanitarian or public interest purpose. The process for imperative business trip concerns only C-level executives (임원급) who can justify the signature of a contract or agreement, an action to perform onsite for a new facility construction or maintenance, or any action considered by the Korean government as inevitably performed through a quarantine exemption. The relevant Ministry  assesses the imperative character of such justification. In case of important business trip, application should be submitted to the Business Travel Support Center
  • Since May 5th 2021, Korean and Foreigners fully vaccinated in Korea and who got a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival can be exempted from quarantine and are required to self-monitor for any symptoms for 14 days instead. More info here and check our vaccination guide here
    • The person must have been vaccinated in Korea before departure when 2 weeks have passed since the last dose of vaccine inoculation
    • As of the date of entry, he/she must not have entered from a country* with epidemics such as beta-type, gamma-type, or delta-type mutant virus (21 countries as of July with beta, gamma, and delta mutant viruses: South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Equatorial Guinea, Brazil, Suriname, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Malta, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan.)
  • From July 1st 2021, those fully vaccinated abroad can apply for quarantine exemption after they enter in Korea. Vaccines taken in France are recognized in that framework. But there are many conditions to meet in order to get exemption. These are guidelines by the Korean Ministry of Health, but the Ministry also points out that they might be modified after the consultation with other ministries and relevant institutions. More info here (KR):
    • Received vaccines should be one of the following : Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AZ, CovidShield, Sinopharm, Sinovac. Applicants should be fully vaccinated, they should receive all the recommended number of vaccines in the same country, and the entry in Korea should be 2 weeks after the last shot.
    • People who come from countries affected by a variant are excluded. This list is composed of 13 countries : Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
    • The purpose of the travel in Korea should be one of the following : important business, academic, humanitarian & public official visits, visit to direct family or funeral.
    • Business purpose is possible for Koreans and Foreigners with one of the following visa : B1, B2, C1, C3, C4, D7, D8, D9, F4, F5, F6, E7. The Business Travel Support Center receives all applications for business purpose and redirect them to the relevant Ministry who will assess the project importance, emergency, inevitability. For "high sanitary risk countries", KCDA will be consulted
    • Family purpose is possible for Koreans and Foreigners who visit their family (ascendant or descendant) in Korea. Visited families must be Koreans or Foreigners with a long term visa. The Korean embassies receives all applications for family visits. If the family relationship cannot be confirmed through Korean official documents, it is necessary to submit a document issued by a competent foreign authority (apostille, consulate confirmation, etc.). Only documents issued within the last 90 days from the date of application are accepted.
    • The validity period of a quarantine exemption letter is 1 month : you should arrive in Korea within 1 month after you received the answer of your request
    • Fake certificates can lead to 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of 10 MW, damage claims, suspension for the whole country


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