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Special Entry Procedure (as of March 19, 2020)
The Korean government introduced an entry ban on foreign nationals from Hubei Province, strengthened visa screening of travelers from China and Japan, and designated China (including Hong Kong, Macau), Italy, and Iran as 'quarantine inspection required areas', to tighten screening of travelers from these countries.
In particular, from February 4, 2020, the Korean government applied the Special Entry Procedure to all travelers from China, and expanded the procedure to be applied to travelers from Hong Kong and Macau (February 12), Japan (March 9), Italy and Iran (March 12), five major European countries (France, Germany, Spain, U.K., and Netherlands; March 15), the entire European continent (March 16), and all parts of the world (March 19).
Furthermore, from March 19, all inbound travelers (Korean and foreign nationals) receive temperature screening and fill out the Health Questionnaire and Special Quarantine Declaration in accordance with the Special Entry Procedure. All travelers subject to the special procedure are allowed to enter the nation after their contact information and address of residence in Korea is verified. They are also required to install either the "Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App" or "Self-Diagnosis App" on their phones to monitor if they show symptoms that indicate infection of COVID-19 such as fever during their stay in Korea. All inbound travelers must install either of the two applications, to check their health status and record if they develop any symptom on a daily basis for 15 days beginning from the day of arrival. In addition, the list of incoming travelers is provided to each local government (city or province) in an effort to strengthen the monitoring system.
※ Self-health check symptoms: fever (37.5 or higher) or feverish feeling, cough, sore throat, respiratory difficulties or breathlessness
Stronger measures for infection prevention and control of overseas entrants
In light of the increasing number of confirmed cases especially among inbound travelers, from 00:00, April 1 all travelers entering Korea are subject to a 14-day quarantine from the day after arrival.
※ For example, if you arrived on 1 June you are required to stay under mandatory quarantine until 12:00 of 15 June.
In addition, from 00:00 on April 13, inbound travelers from the U.S. (Korean nationals and foreign-nationals on long-term visas) are subject to self-quarantine and must receive diagnostic tests within three days of their quarantine period.
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 to be installed) and foreign nationals on short-term visas are placed under quarantine at facilities (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App to be installed).
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 to be installed) 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 to be installed) 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 are not provided.
If a traveler entering Korea does not comply with the quarantine guidelines, s/he 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.
※ Travelers will receive assistance to install either the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App or Self-Diagnosis App before departure or while waiting for Special Entry Procedures.
Border screening procedures for inbound travelers (from 00:00, May 15) - Symptomatic
Border screening procedures for inbound travelers (from 00:00, May 15) - Asymptomatic
※ Quarantine period: Quarantined until 24:00 on the 14th day of arrival (date of arrival+14 days)
(For example, a traveler who arrives on April 1 is issued a notice of self-quarantine until 24:00 on April 15, when 14 days have elapsed)
Providing medical institutions with access to overseas travel histories
The Korean government allows medical institutions to access overseas travel history of patients through the system that checks health insurance eligibility of patients, International Traveler Information System (ITS), and Drug Utilization Review (DUR). Detailed Information