[SOUTH KOREA TRAVEL ADVISORY] Important Notification of Foreign Nationals' Entry into Korea and Suspension of Visa Issuance

Recently, there have been many cases in which COVID-19 has been confirmed among those who entered Korea on board an airplane from the Philippines.

Therefore, the South Korean government decided to require all foreigners (including transfer passengers) arriving in South Korea from July 20 to present a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result issued within 48 hours before flight departure time. The Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result must be shown at the time of check-in at the airport and upon the time of arrival at the quarantine authority in Korea.
*sample case: Passengers on flights departing on July 20 (Mon) 23:55 have to present their Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result was issued between July 19 (Sun) and July 20 (Mon).

In addition, the Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result will only be accepted if it was issued by one of the hospitals designated by the embassy. Please refer to the attached link for the list of designated hospitals.

The above measures are not related to visa issuance, so even though you have already received a visa, you have to take an additional COVID-19 PCR Test before your flight.

Lastly, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of the Philippines will stop accepting new visa applications at the Korean Embassy in the Philippines until further notice, and we will also stop processing visa applications that have already been received prior to this announcement. (Exceptions: visa for diplomatic, official, seamen, spouse and child of Korean national)

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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