The South Korean government has increased its quarantine requirements for all international travelers entering the country until at least Jan. 6, 2022.

Key Points:

  • Travelers, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status, must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.
    • South Korean citizens and long-term foreign residents are able to quarantine at their own residence.
    • Short-term foreign residents must quarantine at a government-managed quarantine facility at their own cost.
    • Short-term foreign residents can quarantine at home if they can prove that they are a family member of a long-term foreign resident or South Korean citizen.
  • Until at least Jan. 6, 2022, previously issued Quarantine Exemption Certificates are no longer valid.

BAL Analysis: The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus will make travel to South Korea more difficult in the days and weeks ahead. Travel restrictions and health requirements may change with little or no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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