Effective 12:00 AM, January 8, 2021, ALL foreigners entering the Republic of Korea will now be required to provide a proof of negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result. Those who do not fulfill this requirement will be denied entry.
1. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) results
Effective 12:00 AM, January 8, 2021 (KST), ALL foreigners entering the ROK via airport are required to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure*. All South Korean nationals arriving from Britain and South Africa are required to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours of departure as well.
* This restriction applies to all foreign nationals who board an aircraft which arrives in the ROK on or after 12:00 am, January 8, 2021(KST).
A proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) must be presented to the airline personnel when a passenger boards an aircraft. Boarding will not be permitted for foreign passengers without a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 72 hours. The test result should be submitted to the quarantine authorities upon their arrival in the ROK.
The test result issued from the testing organization agency at the country of departure must be original and in English (or Korean). If the result cannot be issued in English or Korean, supplemental translated certificates certifying the translation can be submitted along with the original PCR test result.
2. Re-entry permit for long term residents
Foreigners who are long term residents(D-2, E-1, E-2, F-3 Visa holders) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will be required to obtain a re-entry permit prior to departing for international travel. The permits are available at immigration offices, airports, and port offices. ①Passport, ②copy of alien registration, ③re-entry permit application, ④letter of explanation and ⑤consent for medical examination and submission of diagnosis before re-entry are required to get a re-entry permit. The cost is 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.
For detailed information on the proof of negative COVID-19 test (PCR) results or the re-entry permit, please call 1345 (ROK Immigration Contact Center) or visit the official website: www.hikorea.go.kr.
Please note that ROK immigration policies are subject to change with little advance notice.