Changes in travel advice and border controls due to the corona virus

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Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19. Travel advice

The spread of the COVID-19 (Novel Corona-virus) has made a deep impact on the international society, and also in the Republic of Korea a substantial number of cases have been identified. Based on the serious situation worldwide the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice for all international travel, including Republic of Korea.

The spread of the COVID-19 (Novel Corona-virus) has made a deep impact on the international society, and also in the Republic of Korea a substantial number of cases have been identified. As a response to the situation, the Korean Government has raised its virus alert to the highest level, and a number of measures and restrictions have been introduced in order to handle the situation. Coronavirus transmission is on the rise in many countries, and the situation in countries experiencing significant outbreaks of the virus is changing rapidly and is unpredictable. Based on the serious situation worldwide the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued travel advice for all international travel, including Republic of Korea.

Please refer to the following links for the latest updates on information applicable to travels between Norway and Republic of Korea:

  • Q&A about travel from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norwegian and English
  • Q&A for foreign nationals currently in Norway in English
  • Travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Norwegian and English
  • Information from Norwegian Institute of Public Health about quarantine requirements in Norway in English
  • Information from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about strict border controls in Norwegian and English

 

Travelling to Republic of Korea

For the time being, there is a substantial number of COVID-19 (Novel Corona-virus) cases in the Republic of Korea. As a response to the situation, the Korean Government has raised its virus alert to the highest level, and a number of measures and restrictions have been introduced in order to handle the situation.

Coronavirus transmission is on the rise in many countries, and the situation in countries experiencing significant outbreaks of the virus is changing rapidly and is unpredictable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all international travel that is not strictly necessary. The reason is the increasing spread of coronavirus internationally and the unpredictable and difficult situation faced by many travelers. For now, this advice will remain in effect until 14 April.

Until 14 April, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against all non-essential travel to the Republic of Korea.

All persons entering from the EU and Schengen area have to go through a special entry procedure upon arrival in Republic of Korea. This entails a “health condition questionnaire” and “special investigation form” which is distributed on the airplane. There will be a fever check upon arrival and travelers will have to provide an address and contact number in Republic of Korea as well as download a self-diagnosis app. All foreigners travelling from Europe will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival. Korean nationals will be tested at their local medical center.

As of April 1st, the Korean Government requires all overseas travelers, regardless of nationality or length of stay, to self-quarantine for 14 days. Persons who have a residence in Republic of Korea will have to stay there. Those without a residence will be quarantined in government-arranged facilities on his/her own expense (approximately 100,000 won a day). It is not permitted to leave one’s home/quarantine facilities for the 14 days quarantine except to go to the hospital. Local governments will provide essential products/food for persons in self-isolation. Failure to comply with public health authority’s orders will result in the revocation of visa and permission to stay, and can lead to deportation and an entry ban.

 

The Norwegian Embassy in Seoul and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the situation closely and recommends that all Norwegians abroad pay attention to local and national news, especially regarding the spread of the virus, as well as to information and guidance issued by local authorities.

Advice from local government can be accessed through EmergencyReadyApp.

Please refer to the websites linked above for more travel information.

 

Travelling to Norway

As of 16th March 8 a.m., the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will close the border to foreign nationals who lack a residence permit in Norway. Foreign nationals without a residence permit arriving in Norway after this date will be turned away at the border.

As of 12th March, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health requires all persons travelling from countries outside Norway to stay in 14 days quarantine upon entering Norway. This policy has retroactive effect and applies to all arrivals since Thursday 27 February.

People arriving with or developing symptoms of cold or flu, such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath, must isolate until 7 days after symptoms have ceased. People in transit in airports may continue their journey without quarantine. Individuals in quarantine without symptoms of disease are allowed to abandon the place of quarantine in order to leave the country. Transportation from the place of quarantine to the place of departure must be arranged in accordance with necessary health requirements.

Please refer to the websites linked above for the latest travel information.

 

Travelling from other places

The South Korean government has as of 4th February suspended the entry into Korea of all foreign nationals who have been in Hubei Province in China over the last 14 days prior to their attempted entry into Korea. Furthermore, all nationals entering Korea directly from China or via a third country will be processed in a separate arrival hall specifically designed for this purpose. More countries may be added to the list with special entry procedures. Please check thoroughly before traveling.

Please refer to the websites linked above for the latest travel information.

 

Practical information

As many airlines for the time being are cancelling or reducing the number flights to and from South Korea, we ask you to check any updates with your airline.

The Korea Immigration Service and the Korean Center for Disease Control (KCDC) run Contact Centre Hotlines which provide counselling and interpretation to foreign nationals regarding Novel Coronavirus.

  • Korea Immigration Service – 1345
  • KCDC – 1339 

Useful links:

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice

Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Update by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea