The South Korean government has tightened its COVID-19 entry and testing requirements.

Key Points:

  • As of July 25, travelers must take a PCR test within one day after entering the country.
  • Short-term visitors can take the PCR test at the COVID-19 Testing Center in the Incheon International Airport or at a medical clinic at their own expense.
  • Long-term visitors must take the PCR test at a public health center. A list of testing centers is available here.
  • Those who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for seven days and take additional COVID-19 tests.

Additional Information: Travelers must have proof, in English, of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure or an antigen test taken within 24 hours before departure and complete the Health Questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration. More information regarding South Korea’s entry requirements is available here.

BAL Analysis: Entry and health requirements may change with little or no notice. Individuals are encouraged to check entry requirements posted on specific South Korean consulates’ websites before traveling. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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