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.
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.
Visitors from the United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 48 hours before departing to South Korea.
Unvaccinated visitors from the United States will need to quarantine for 7 days upon entering South Korea.
Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.
Travelers returning from South Korea must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken within 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departure to the United States.
Visitors returning from South Korea are not required to quarantine upon entering the United States.
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If you're looking for personalized travel advice for your own travel plans like whether or not a restriction applies to your trip, we won't be able to answer any questions or offer advice. Please consult your local government's resources.