COVID-19 Information

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Country-Specific Information: The Republic of Korea (ROK) has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Authorities have confirmed that community-based transmission is occurring in Korea. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 in the ROK. The U.S. Department of State currently has a level 3 travel advisory …

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

June 12, 2020 Location:  Republic of Korea (ROK) Event:  The government of Korea has implemented QR code-based registration of visitors at bars, clubs, and other entertainment facilities for better contract tracing of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Effective June 10, 2020, the Republic of Korea (ROK) began a QR code-based registration of patrons at bars, clubs, and …

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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 …

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

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea (May 12, 2020)  Location: Itaewon, Seoul  Event: The Republic of Korea government asks all visitors to Itaewon nightclubs or bars from April 24-May 6 to seek COVID-19 testing at their nearest public healthcare center or by calling 1339. Testing is available to all foreign residents at no cost. Please continue …

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

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 …

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Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

April 7, 2020 Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S Department of State is limiting its passport operations worldwide .  Effective April 8, we have limited ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. Please consider waiting to apply for routine services until we resume normal operations. U.S. Embassy Seoul can assist with an …

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

April 4, 2020 Location: Republic of Korea Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in South Korea. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government has no plans to arrange repatriation flights in South …

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

April 1, 2020 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea  Location: Seoul Global Center, Southwest Seoul Global Center, Seongdong Global Migrant Center, Seongbuk Global Migrant Center, Eunpyeong Global Migrant Center, Yangcheon Global Migrant Center, Geumcheon Global Migrant Center and Gangdong Global Migrant Center  Event:  Seoul Metropolitan Government  to Provide Free Face Masks to Foreigners at Eight Locations The …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea

March 30, 2020 Location:  All Airports in South Korea Event:  Two Week, Government Facility Quarantine Will be Required for All Short-Term Travelers to South Korea The government of Korea has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

March 19, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 15, 2020 Level 3: Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 11, 2020 Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions.  Even countries, jurisdictions, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea (March 4, 2020) Location: International Airports in South Korea Event:  As of 12:00 a.m. on March 3 the Republic of Korea (ROK) began temperature screening all passengers on direct flights from the ROK to the United States.  This mandatory screening applies to all passengers on U.S.-bound flights. …

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Health Alert: The Republic of Korea (ROK) Raises Red Alert for Infectious Disease

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html The ROK raised its infectious-disease alert to red, the highest level, after the number of COVID-19 cases increased over the past several days, especially around Daegu and the Gyeongbuk areas.  The red alert strengthens the coordination between the central government and local government to help contain the spread of the virus.  The ROK …

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

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Travel Advisory South Korea – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise Increased Caution due to an outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2).    A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness.   The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in China in …

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Health Alert: Increase of COVID-19 Cases in the Republic of Korea (ROK)

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html As of 5:00pm on February 21, the Korea Center for Disease Control has confirmed 204 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea, including one death.  This is a substantial increase over the past 48 hours largely due to a cluster of cases identified in the city of Daegu, which is located …

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Health and Travel Alert: Increased Korean Government Screenings for Coronavirus

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html February 13, 2020 U.S. citizens who visit the Republic of Korea (ROK) may experience increased health screenings and delays in accessing routine health care while traveling in-country due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns.  Before you travel to the ROK, visit the Korea Immigration Service website for the latest information on ROK entry restrictions.  The Korean government also …

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

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html February 4, 2020 Location: Republic of Korea Event: Coronavirus Outbreak: Travel Restrictions and Safety Measures The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China and subsequently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). For …

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