[KOREA TRAVEL ADVISORY] Notice on Mandatory Quarantine for Visitors to The Republic of Korea - Rakso Travel

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Friday, April 3, 2020

[KOREA TRAVEL ADVISORY] Notice on Mandatory Quarantine for Visitors to The Republic of Korea


The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines released a notice on 01 April 2020, regarding travelers visiting Korea. As it says in the notice, travelers who will go to South Korea will be required to conduct a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine at either their place of residence or a government-designated isolation facility, in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  1. To prevent transmission of COVID-19, travelers entering Korea after 00:00, April 1st, 2020 (Korea time) are subject to quarantine for 14 days from the day after entry in accordance with relevant laws including the Quarantine Act. 
  2. Short-term travelers (foreign-nationals) without a confirmed address in Korea are subject to quarantine at a facility designated by the Korean government. 
  3. The quarantine facility is allocated randomly and cannot be changed for personal reasons. Transportation from the airport to the facility will be provided. 
  4. The total expense for facility quarantine is KRW 1,400,000 (KRW 100,000 daily). The expense should be paid before entering the facility. The expense is not refundable as the discharge is not possible during the quarantine period. 
  5. The expense includes costs for accommodation, meals, etc. 
  6. The facility is a smoking-free area. You shall not exit the facility nor make any contact with another resident during your stay. 
  7. If you develop fever, cough, dyspnea, or any symptoms that may indicate infection, you will be tested for COVID-19. Even if you are tested negative, you shall not be discharged before the end of the quarantine period (14 days). 
  8. If you plan to get a boarding pass for a flight to Korea, you shall complete and submit the Agreement to Facility Quarantine. If you do not agree, your entry to Korea will be denied. 
  9. Failure of compliance with the guidelines above may be deemed as a violation of relevant regulations including the Quarantine Act and result in an order for departure from Korea.  
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea
Above mandatory self-quarantine will apply to everyone, regardless of nationality, except the short-term foreign visitors who are issued with an "Isolation Exemption Certificate" from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea prior to the trip. 
  
In order to apply for the "Isolation Exemption Certificate", the purpose of the visit must be 
(a) important business/academy activities, (b) activities related to public services, (c) urgent humanitarian reasons. 
If the conditions are met, you can apply to receive the Certificate by filling in the application form and submit it, along with any supporting document, to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Once your application is approved, you will be issued with the Certificate. 

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19?  
With the continual spread of the coronavirus or COVID19, it is better to stay vigilant and follow these simple ways to prevent yourself from getting the disease.  
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol with at least 70% solution.  
  • Sneeze and cough into tissues or the crook of your elbow. If you get mucus or spit on your skin, clean it off right away. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially people exhibiting respiratory symptoms and fever.  
  • Stay home when you're sick.  
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean surfaces, such as countertops and doorknobs, with a disinfectant.   
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and practice distancing yourself.    
  • For healthy people wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick or a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for the caregivers.  
  • If you choose to wear a facemask make sure it is covering your mouth and nose and leave no gaps between your face and the mask.  

Take care and stay safe, everyone.

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