Incoming travellers to South Korea must self-quarantine for two weeks

KTO Sydney on 30/03/2020 at 2:37 pm

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.

Update from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (31 March 2020)

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.

Helpful Websites or Sources:
– COVID-19 (Ministry of Health & Welfare): link
– Download the Self-diagnosis mobile application here: link
– Reuters. (29 March 2020). South Korea to Impose Mandatory Coronavirus Quarantine on all Arrivals. link
– Korean Air. (30 March 2020). Entry Restrictions by country. link
For other travel related inquiries, please call 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 
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