The government has implemented entry restrictions and other procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • Holders of Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province, as well as travelers who have visited Hubei Province within 14 days of arrival, are not permitted to enter South Korea.
  • Holders of Japanese passports will not be eligible for a visa exemption, and their previously issued visas will no longer be valid (except for Alien Registration and F-4 Holders)
  • All foreign nationals including Korean nationals must complete a Quarantine Declaration Form in flight and submit it on arrival. They must also install the Self-Diagnosis Mobile App (barcode on the declaration form) and record daily health status on the app for 14 days.
  • All travelers from Europe, include South Korean nationals, will be tested for COVID-19 before they enter the country.

Background: South Korea has stepped up entry restrictions since implementing initial measures in January to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Analysis & Comments: Employers must be prepared for significant disruptions to employee mobility and visa/permit processing. The response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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