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 in accordance with relevant laws including the Quarantine Act. 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.
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.
Short-term travelers (foreign-nationals) without a confirmed address in Korea are subject to quarantine at a facility designated by the Korean government. The quarantine facility is allocated randomly and cannot be changed for personal reasons. Transportation from the airport to the facility will be provided.
The total expense for facility quarantine is KRW 1,400,000 (KRW 100,000 daily). The expense should be paid before entering the facility. The expense is not refundable as discharge is not possible during the quarantine period. The expense includes costs for accommodation, meals, etc. The facility is a smoking-free area. You shall not exit the facility nor make any contact with another resident during your stay. If you develop fever, cough, dyspnea, or any symptoms that may indicate infection, you will be tested for COVID-19. Even if you are tested negative, you shall not be discharged before the end of the quarantine period (14 days).
If you plan to get a boarding pass for a flight to Korea, you shall complete and submit the Agreement to Facility Quarantine. If you do not agree, your entry to Korea will be denied. Failure of compliance with the guidelines above may be deemed as violation of relevant regulations including the Quarantine Act and result in an order for departure from Korea.