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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Seoul, South Korea
March 4, 2020

CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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

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. Passengers who register a higher temperature than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to board, and their baggage will be removed from the aircraft. Health screening procedures are subject to change at any time, we recommend that you check with your airline prior to travel in order to confirm current procedures.

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.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in South Korea.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.  Be aware that airline schedules are changing rapidly.
  • Seek medical care right away if you feel sick or were exposed to someone who has a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.  In Korea, call 1345 to seek appropriate medical care for your situation.