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Latest COVID-19 Travel Advice

Last updated: 31st March 2020

  • The FCO currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Check the latest FCO advice here.
  • As of 22nd March 2020, all travellers arriving into Korea from the UK and Europe will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and must wait up to 24 hours for results. Those with symptoms will be taken into quarantine at the airport or port of arrival, while those without symptoms may be taken to a nearby temporary living facility to await test results.
  • From 1st April, even those who test negative will be required to undergo quarantine for 14 days. This applies to all arriving into Korea, regardless of nationality and length of stay. Those with a residence in Korea may self-quarantine there, while those without a residence will be quarantined at government-arranged facilities at their own expense. This is likely to be around 100,000KRW (approx. £66) per day.
  • Those who test positive will be taken to an hospital or treatment facility, depending on the severity of their case.
  • Transit passengers will receive a temperature check on arrival in Korea. Symptomatic individuals will be subject to a COVID-19 test and hospitalisation if found positive, while transit passengers who do not show symptoms and/or test negative may continue their journey.
  • Short-term visitors (less than 90 days) must report their health status to the authorities for 14 days after arrival, either via a smartphone or app. Please ensure at least one person in your group has a smart phone or mobile telephone with the roaming function enabled, and/or the telephone number of a friend, relative or contact who can update the authorities daily on your state of health.
    • Immigration authorities will undertake a test call before travellers leave the airport, and any individual unable to verify their contact details may be denied entry to South Korea.
  • Testing and any subsequent treatment will be free of charge. Anyone testing positive will not be permitted to leave South Korea until they are clear of the virus. If you display symptoms or return a positive test, you must comply with any self-quarantine and treatment instructions issued to you by the Korean authorities. Failure to do so may result in deportation, the revocation of visas/resident permits, and an entry ban. You may also be held liable for economic losses incurred by further transmission of the virus. This policy applies to both short-term visitors and foreign residents.
  • Please be aware the FCO currently advises against all travel to Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan.
  • The Korean Center for Disease Control (KCDC) can be reached on (+82-2) 1339. If you develop a fever and respiratory problems within 14 days of arriving in Korea, please contact the KCDC and they will advise you on what to do next.
  • There is currently a shortage of face masks in Korea. If you wish to use a face mask while travelling, please try to bring a personal supply with you.
  • As a precautionary measure, some upcoming events/festivals in Korea have been postponed or cancelled, while many tourist attractions and other public facilities are temporarily closed or operating at limited capacity. For a full list of affected events and attractions, please click here.
  • Airlines are temporarily operating reduced services to Korea. Please check with them directly for the most up-to-date news and advice:
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