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South Korea

  • MasksRequired
  • COVID TestPCR required to enter
  • RestaurantsOpen
  • Quarantine14 days at home/facility
  • Public TransportationOperating
Updated: September 2, 2021
Reviewed: October 16, 2021
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South Korea's visa issuance has resumed for some countries. Domestically, measures are in place to prevent the virus spread.

Can I travel to South Korea?

  • Though Korea hasn't officially closed its borders, visa-free arrivals have been suspended, and applying for visa in advance is required for most countries. Tourist visas are mostly being declined.
  • Arrivals from EU and Schengen members countries are exempt from the entry ban, however it is required to obtain entry permission in advance.

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to South Korea?

  • Anyone arriving to South Korea is required to undergo 14 days self-quarantine or quarantine in a national facility.
  • Business travelers and other approved essential travelers will not be required to quarantine, if presenting negative test results, and testing again upon arrival, or if they are vaccinated.

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to South Korea?

  • Most arrivals to South Korea must present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
  • Arrivals from high-risk countries must present a test no older than 48 hours before departure.
  • A health screening and health questionnaire are required when arriving to South Korea.
  • If any symptoms appear, it will be required to use a health tracking app for 14 days.

Is public transportation open in South Korea?

Public transportation in South Korea is operating.

Are the restaurants and bars open in South Korea?

  • Restaurants, bars and cafes in South Korea are open until 22:00, under social distancing requirements.

Are businesses and attractions open in South Korea?

  • Non-essential businesses in South Korea are open, under social distancing regulations.
  • Tourist attractions are re-opening.
  • Night clubs remain closed.

Do I need to wear a face mask in South Korea?

Wearing face masks is required in all public places.


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