Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

Health and Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (May 26, 2020)

Location: All Airports in the Republic of Korea (ROK)

Event:  The government of Korea has implemented enhanced health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Effective at 00:00 on June 1, foreigners who are long term residents of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will be required to obtain a re-entry permit prior to departing for international travel. The permits are available at immigration officesairports, and port offices. The cost is 30,000 won and the re-entry permit is valid for one year. Failure to apply for a re-entry permit prior to departure will result in the cancellation of the traveler’s ROK Alien Registration.

Also beginning at 00:00 on June 1, foreign long-term residents of the ROK will be required to provide a medical certificate or negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights to Korea.  The certificate must be in English or Korean and signed by a medical professional within 48 hours of departure; it should include information about fever, cough, and other potential symptoms.  While a negative COVID-19 test result is accepted for immigration, it is not a requirement for the medical certificate.

Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4) status do not need to apply for re-entry permits or provide medical certificates when returning to Korea.

For detailed information on the re-entry permit and medical certificate, please call 1345 (ROK Immigration Contact Center) or visit the official website: Note that ROK immigration policies are subject to change with little advance notice.

Visit the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 website for updated information.

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