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South Korea Travel Restrictions

27.76% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 20.61% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from Canada will not be allowed to enter South Korea.
For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from South Korea for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.

South Korea entry details and exceptions

Korea has temporarily suspended their visa-free travel agreement due to COVID-19, excluding diplomats, official, or service passport holders; airline crew and passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. Visitors should consult their nearest Embassy for visa and entry restrictions prior to entry to South Korea as restrictions are subject to change.

Entry restrictions do not apply to Korean nationals and their family members, government officials, overseas Koreans, Travelers Diplomats, and International Agreement holders. Long-term residents are required to apply for a re-entry permit before entry. More details can be found here.


Outgoing travel to South KoreaTraveling from Canada to South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from Canada must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to South Korea.

Exceptions

All travelers including vaccinated individuals are required to have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Children aged 0-5 years, Korean nationals, and passengers in transit who will not enter to country are exempt.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from Canada will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering South Korea.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility at their own expense. Korean nationals, long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card, Korean Residence and spouse of a Korean national and family members of lineal descent may quarantine at their residential address.

Exceptions to quarantine may be applicable to those who were vaccinated in South Korea, on important business, attending conferences, or on humanitarian grounds and individuals with an Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean embassy or consulate. Those who have an Isolation Exemption Certificate must be tested on arrival and must quarantine for 1 or 2 days until the result is available.


Return travelReturning to Canada from South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travelers returning from South Korea must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to Canada.

Exceptions

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test, other exemptions includes, a crew member or a person who seeks to enter Canada only to become such a crew member, emergency service providers, technical stops – flights refueling.

Travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Canada at their own expense. Travelers are also required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 of their 14-day quarantine. They will receive a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport/border. Those who refuse will receive a $750 fine.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from South Korea will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine, this includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel, at their own expense (approximately 2,000 CAD) and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost.

Towards the end the quarantine period, travelers will be required to take another COVID-19 test. they will be required to stay in their place of quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Certain persons are exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirement when entering Canada for the purposes of performing an essential job or function as identified in the Order under the Quarantine Act. Exemption will be validated for each entry into Canada.


FAQs

  • Most visitors from Canada can enter South Korea but you need to provide a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure and to isolate for 14 days

  • Travelers from from Canada are required to isolate for 14 days. Please read the details under the "Quarantine Requirements" section.

  • Travelers coming from Canada will need a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure

  • Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Open with restrictions

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