[KOREA TRAVEL ADVISORY] Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines: Notice on Visa Requirement for Seaman

Recently, there have been many cases in which COVID-19 has been confirmed among seafarers who entered Korea. Therefore, the South Korean government announced that visa-free entry of seafarers will be suspended from July 24, 2020 (Friday).
Source: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

From July 24, 2020 (Friday), Seafarers who plan to enter Korea through airplane or vessel for the purpose of joining a vessel which is anchored or to be anchored in Korea must secure a visa prior to entry. 

*Exempted countries: USA, Guyana, Malta, Ireland, UK, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guam, New Caledonia, Palau, Monaco, Vatican, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia

List of requirements: Visa Application Form, Original Passport, Copy of Passport bio-page, Proof of Seafarer Status (ex. Seaman's Book), Vessel's Ceritificate of Registry, Employment Contract, Notice of Scheduled entry and departure, COVID 19 related medical certificate, Health Condition Report Form

Processing period: 10 working days

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact ph_visa@mofa.go.kr.

Reference: Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines

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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