Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, although there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all inbound travelers. See “Quarantine Requirements” below for more information.- ROK COVID-19 Portal
– Korean Immigration Service
– U.S. military retirees living in Korea can visit the U.S. Forces Korea’s website to register for more information regarding COVID-19.
– The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA has information about quarantine requirements for short-term visitors to Korea.Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, depending on point of departure, visa status, nationality, and other factors. Generally speaking, U.S. citizens traveling to Korea from the United States as tourists on the 90-day visa-waiver program do not need a COVID-19 test prior to travel but will be tested upon arrival in Korea and may be subject to quarantine in government facilities at their own expense.Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Arriving passengers will experience some combination of temperature screening, health questionnaires, and/or COVID-tests, depending on points of departure, visa status, and nationality. All visitors to Korea are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine as described in the “Quarantine Information” section below. All arriving passengers are required to download and respond to daily questions via a Self-Diagnosis Mobile App for 14 days. See: http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/selfcheck/. Passengers who are unable to download the mobile app must provide a valid phone number and address in Korea to facilitate daily health monitoring by local government officials.Exit requirements for long-term residents. As of June 1, 2020, foreigners who are long-term residents of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are required to obtain a re-entry permit prior to departing for international travel. The permits are available at Korean immigration offices, airports, and port offices. The cost is approximately 30,000 won, and the re-entry permit is valid for one year. Failure to apply for a re-entry permit prior to departure will result in the cancellation of the traveler’s ROK Alien Registration. Foreign long-term residents of the ROK will also be required to provide a medical certificate or negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to Korea. The certificate must be in English or Korean and signed by a medical professional within 48 hours of departure. The certificate should include information about fever, cough, and other potential symptoms. While a negative COVID-19 test result is accepted for immigration, it is not a requirement for the medical certificate. Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3), or Overseas Korean (F-4) status do not need to apply for re-entry permits or provide medical certificates when returning to Korea. See website for more information: https://www.hikorea.go.kr/Main.pt.Visa extensions. Travelers wishing to lengthen their stay in Korea may submit an e-application or make an appointment at a local immigration or branch office. Travelers must document the circumstances that compel them to extend their stay. Please refer to these websites to make an appointment or submit an e-application: