Starting on 1 April 2020, everyone entering South Korea will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks. This is one of the strict measures being taken by the government to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kun announced that the policy applies to both Korean citizens and foreigners entering the country. Non-residents will be quarantined at their own expense in facilities designated by the government. In addition, persons showing symptoms will be subjected for COVID-19 tests.
Last 19th of March, South Korea started its special entry procedure to all incoming passengers. The Special Entry Procedure starts with a health declaration and travel record form filled out during the flight, and a temperature check upon arrival. (Inspectors will be on the lookout for travelers with disease symptoms and may request testing if deemed necessary.) Furthermore, officials will check for a valid contact number and Korean address, as well as verify that the Self-diagnosis mobile app is downloaded. Upon downloading the Self-diagnosis mobile app, users must match the information on the forms. Users must keep the information on the app up-to-date throughout their stay in Korea by updating any changes with their contact number or health conditions. After entering Korea, travelers will receive a text message requesting a daily self-diagnosis during their first 14 days in Korea, which must also be entered on the mobile app.
For more information regarding the Special Entry Procedure, visit the Ministry of Health & Welfare’s COVID-19 awareness website or the Korean embassy website of your country.
– COVID-19 (Ministry of Health & Welfare): link
– Download the Self-diagnosis mobile application here: link
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