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South Korea Travel Restrictions

87.80% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 87.79% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from India need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and quarantine to enter South Korea.
Vaccinated visitors from India can enter South Korea with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from South Korea for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


South Korea entry details and exceptions

Korea has temporarily suspended their visa-free travel agreement due to COVID-19, excluding diplomats, officials, or service passport holders; airline crew, and passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. Visitors will need a valid visa to enter and are advised to consult their nearest Korean Embassy.

Entry restrictions do not apply to Korean nationals and their family members, government officials, overseas Koreans, diplomats, and International Agreement holders. Long-term residents are required to apply for a re-entry permit before entry.

Health and safety requirements are subject to change at short notice. Travelers should ensure they have all the latest information from the Korean Immigration Service website before arranging a trip to South Korea.


Outgoing travel to South KoreaTravelling from India to South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from India must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 48 hours before departing to South Korea.

Details and exceptions
All travelers are required to present a printed negative PCR test result in English or Korean language taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure. Children aged 6 and below, Korean nationals, and passengers in transit who will not enter South Korea are exempt from test requirement.
Travelers may be subject to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.
Quarantine requirements

Unvaccinated visitors from India will need to quarantine for 7 days upon entering South Korea.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions
Travelers vaccinated in South Korea may be exempt from quarantine requirements. Travelers vaccinated outside of South Korea may also be exempt from quarantine beginning April 1st (2022) by registering their proof of vaccination online before departure. They will be provided a QR code which will be scanned upon arrival.
Travelers with a valid Quarantine Exemption Certificate (QEC), travelling for business, academic/public interest, official government duty, and funeral attendance, will be exempted. Meanwhile, QEC-related services for family visit purposes will be put on hold until further notice.
Documents
K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free foreign visitors need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea.

Return travelReturning to India from South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated travelers returning from South Korea must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 72 hours before departure to India.

Fully vaccinated travellers with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Travelers should upload their negative RT-PCR test report in the Air Suvidha Portal prior to boarding their flight.
Travelers will undergo a medical screening upon arrival and may be subject to a covid-19 molecular test at their own expense.
Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing.
Fully vaccinated travelers with WHO-recognized or Nationally-recognized vaccines are also exempted from testing requirements. Proof of vaccination should be uploaded in the Air Suvidha Portal.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from South Korea are not required to quarantine upon entering India.

Details and exceptions
Quarantine is no longer required. However, travelers are advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days from arrival and if they develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID19, they should immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.

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