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Quarantine rules in Korea How Korea manages quarantine? Is it safe to fly?

Last updated date: 08-Oct-2021

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While Korea has shown so far one of the lowest Covid-19 death numbers in the world (#61 in the world with 280 deaths), the country is still very careful to control the virus spread and has instituted some guidelines and rules for the containment of the spread of the disease. Beginning April of 2020, travelers entering Korea are subject to a 14-day quarantine from the day after arrival. The specifics differ as follows according to type of traveler (short-term, long-term and local residents), according to the Minister of Health & Welfare.

 

Symptomatic travelers:

All travelers entering Korea (both Korean and foreign nationals) are tested if they exhibit fever or respiratory symptom identified at entry screening. Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 are transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center. Korean nationals or foreign nationals on long-term visas who test negative are placed under self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App must be installed as requested) and foreign nationals on short-term visas are placed under quarantine at facilities (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App must be installed as requested).

 

Asymptomatic travelers:

Asymptomatic Korean and foreign nationals from Europe and the U.S. on long-term visas are subject to self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App must be installed as requested) and tested at a public health center within three days of arrival. Asymptomatic Korean nationals and foreign nationals on long-term visas from countries other than the U.S. and European countries are subject to self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App must be installed as requested) and tested at a public health center within 14 days.

 

Asymptomatic foreign nationals from Europe and the US on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App and Self-Diagnosis App to be installed). Asymptomatic foreign nationals from countries other than the US and European countries on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App to be installed) and tested at a public health clinic within 14 days.

 

Travelers exempt from quarantine—those holding A1 (Diplomat) or A2 (Government official) visas or Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by the Korean Embassy or Consulate General prior to the entry - receive tests and wait for the results at a temporary screening facility. If they test negative, they are subject to active monitoring for 14 days from the day of arrival by installing the Self-Diagnosis App of the Ministry of Health and Welfare

 

For inbound travelers, testing and treatment expenses are covered by the Korean government but livelihood support is not provided.

 

If a traveler entering Korea does not comply with the quarantine guidelines, the person may face up to 1 year of imprisonment or a KRW 10 million fine for violating the Quarantine Act and Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act. In accordance with the Immigration Act, foreign nationals violating the regulations may face deportation or ban on entry into Korea, etc.

 

Is it safe to fly to Korea? If statistics matter, yes. Korea is one of the safest places to fly to amidst the pandemic as the virus infection is constantly monitored and controlled by a robust government involvement that is keenly aware of the health and economic consequences of a wide disease spread. When traveling to Korea, always wear masks, disinfect hands periodically, avoid crowds and refrain from going outside when a fever is present. However, if medical treatment is needed in this regard, Korea has excellent experience in handling the disease including treating its symptoms as many hospitals are well prepared to treat the disease with able doctors and modern facilities. Overall, Korea is relatively one of the safest countries to travel to.

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