Entry requirements to South Korea
The South Korean authorities have introduced requirements for customers arriving in the country.
Please note that entry restrictions may be subject to change on short notice. You are responsible for ensuring that you are allowed entry into the country they are travelling from, to or are in transit through.
- Several foreign travellers previously visa-exempt now need to obtain a visa to enter the country (excluding APEC Business Travel Card-holders)
- Foreign residents of Korea will need a re-entry permit and a medical certificate issued earliest 48 hours prior to travel, indicating that they do not have coronavirus symptoms (a negative coronavirus laboratory test result is not required prior to travel). This medical certificate requirement only applies to residents who have left South Korea after 1 June 2020.
Effective 05JAN 2021, all passengers, including Korean nationals, arriving from or having started their journey from the UK or South Africa, will be required to have a negative corona-PCR test result, which was taken within 48 hours prior to departure. From 08JAN onwards tests taken within 72h prior to departure will be accepted even for passengers from the UK and South Africa.
- Effective 08JAN 2021, all foreign nationals will be required to have a negative corona-PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
- The requirement does not apply to Korean nationals, unless they have started their journey from the UK or South Africa.
- The PCR test certificate must be in English or Korean. If it is on the local language of the country where it was issued (e.g. in Finnish), the passenger must have an official translation to English or Korean of the document together with the original document.
- Temperature screening will be performed at the departure gate in Helsinki for passengers travelling to Korea. Those not fulfilling the health requirements set by the Korean health authorities and those showing symptoms of coronavirus will be denied boarding.
- On arrival, you will be tested for fever and respiratory symptom at the entry health screening as well as for coronavirus, and you must stay at a designated quarantine facility for 1 or 2 days until a test result is obtained.
- In addition, you need to stay at a designated quarantine facility for 14 days at your own expense.
- All arriving passengers are required to download a Self-Diagnosis Mobile App.
Latest entry restrictions can be found via the IATA website and appropriate consulate or embassy.