Quarantine Exemption for Short-Term Foreign Visitors to the Republic of Korea
In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of Korea will require a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers entering Korea at either their place of residence or a government-designated isolation facility, effective April 1, 2020 at 00:00 hours. This mandatory self-quarantine will apply to everyone, regardless of nationality, except the short-term foreign visitors who are issued with an “Isolation Exemption Certificate” from the ROK Embassy or Consulate General prior to the trip.
1. In order to apply for the “Isolation Exemption Certificate”, you must visit Korea on 90-day visa free travel or with C1, C3, or C4 visa AND the purpose of the visit must be (a) important business/academic activities, (b) activities related to public services, (c) urgent humanitarian reasons. If these two conditions are met, you can apply to receive the Certificate by filling in the attached application form and submitting it, along with any supporting document, to the Republic of Korea Embassy or Consulate General. Once your application is approved by the Embassy or Consulate General, you will be issued with the Certificate. You can contact ANY of the ROK Embassy or Consulate Generals. (http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/us-atlanta-en/wpge/m_4847/contents.do)
2. When you arrive in Korea with the "Isolation Exemption Certificate", you will be escorted to a separate facility outside of Incheon International Airport for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The test result will be available in 6 to 24 hours. Accommodation will be provided if an overnight stay is required.
a. If the test result is negative, you will be exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine. However, you will be still subject to "Active Monitoring,” which includes daily submission of health status information via “Self-Diagnosis App” and answering daily phone call from health authorities, throughout your stay in Korea.
b. If the test result is positive, you will be moved to hospitals or designated treatment centers for treatment/quarantine, regardless of the Isolation Exemption Certificate.
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