April 13, 2020
Location: All Airports in the Republic of Korea (ROK)
Event: Effective April 14, the Republic of Korea expanded its inbound passenger screening to include testing of all passengers arriving from the United States. Previously, passengers on U.S. flights were tested only if they presented symptoms upon arrival. As a result of the change, long-term visitors, including those who are asymptomatic, will be directed to undergo testing within three days of their arrival while also carrying out a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period. These individuals will receive notification regarding when and where to be tested. If you violate the self-quarantine order, you will be asked to wear a “Safe Wristband” that can track your movements and you could be subject to criminal prosecution.
Short-term visitors will continue to quarantine in Korean government facilities for 14 days following arrival.
The government of Korea has implemented enhanced health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visit the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Korea.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- U.S. Embassy Seoul, 188 Sejong Daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
- State Department – Consular Affairs
- 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Korea Country Information
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