Data Last Updated: November 29, 2020
South Korea has reopened its borders, but entry into the country is very restricted. For now, the South Korean government strongly discourages non-essential travels, however, citizens of some countries are permitted to enter, including citizens of the USA and the UK.
The government has restricted flight capacities from certain countries and requires inbound travelers to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Officials are testing all arriving travelers from US and Europe and will send arriving passengers that exhibit symptoms to designated quarantine facilities. All inbound passengers, regardless of nationality will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
All visa exemption entry with 90 countries have been suspended. Authorities have also canceled short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for new visas.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
South Korea has extended nationwide Level 2 restrictions through at least Sept. 20 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Under Level 2, the second-highest level in a three-tier response, officials request that people stay at home as much as possible, except to attend work or purchase essential items.
The government is limiting indoor events to 50 people and outdoor activities to 100 people. All businesses designated as high risk, including nightclubs, internet cafes, karaoke bars, buffet restaurants, and private schools with over 300 students, and indoor public venues, such as museums and libraries, must close.
Houses of worship are required to suspend religious services. Event participation is capped at 50 people for indoor activities and 100 people for events hosted outdoors; functions or gatherings in excess of those numbers must be postponed or canceled.
Sporting events can continue; however spectators are not permitted. Authorities have also mandated that companies allow employees in the region to work from home if possible.
Airlines & Transport
The government is restricting flight capacity from certain countries and requires inbound foreign nationals to provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon entry.
The government continues to ban cruise ships from docking at ports in the country, including Jeju. Korean air carriers are gradually resuming flight operations, but service remains limited. Additional international flight disruptions are likely amid decreased demand.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Information for Non-Tourists
All foreigners arriving in or transiting from South Korea who have stayed in Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Uzbekistan within 14 days from their arrival date must carry 2 copies of a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate (Korean and English only) issued within 48 hours of their scheduled departure from the country. The certificate must be issued by a testing lab or hospital designated by the Korean Embassy in the country. If the certificate is issued in any language other than Korean or English, the certificate must be translated into Korean or English and notarised.
Authorities have also canceled existing short-term visas issued before April 5, requiring travelers to reapply for entry documents. The government plans to limit all but essential or urgent travel to South Korea by foreign nationals.
The government continues to ban all foreign travelers who have visited China's Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival from entering the country. Visa-free and visa-waiver programs remain suspended with countries that have banned entry by South Korean citizens. The restriction impacts travelers from 90 countries, including Australia, Canada, and most European nations.
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