Travel Advice: Until further notice, and because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against non-essential travel to the Republic of Korea. This travel advice may have implications for your travel insurance.
As many airlines are cancelling or reducing the number of flights to and from South Korea, travelers are advised to check any updates with their airline.
Suspension of Waiver of Visa Program of South Korea
Travel Information: To prevent the further spread of coronavirus in Korea, the South Korean government has decided to temporarily suspend Waiver of Visa for 90 countries, including Norway. Before this measure, Norwegian nationals could enter South Korea without a visa for visits lasting less than 90 days. This measure came into effect on 13 April 2020. Thus, Norwegian citizens who plan to visit South Korea should contact their nearest South Korean Embassy to apply for a visa.
Starting from 1 June, all foreigners who reside in South Korea with long-term visas must apply for and obtain a Re-Entry Permit prior to leaving Korea to be allowed to re-enter South Korea if they wish to maintain their status and period of stay. If you leave Korea without a Re-Entry Permit, your long-term visa becomes invalid, and you will have to obtain a new long-term visa to re-enter the country. The application for a Re-Entry Permit should be done online on the Hikorea website.
All foreign nationals who are granted a Re-Entry Permit and wish to re-enter South Korea must undergo a medical examination not earlier than 48 hours prior to their departure to Korea. A written diagnosis must be presented to transport operators and immigration officers when requested. The diagnosis shall be written in English or Korean, signed by a medical examiner and issued by an authorized medical institution. It shall include the date of the examination and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, breathing difficulty, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms.
The requirement for a Re-Entry Permit does not apply to holders of A-1 (diplomatic), A-2 (government official), A-3 (international agreement) and F-4 (overseas Koreans), and F2-4 (refugees) visas. Please refer to the Hikorea website for detailed information on Re-Entry Permit.
For further inquiries on the procedure, documents for above-mentioned requirements, you can contact the Korea Immigration Office to (+82)-1345 or Korean Embassy in Oslo.
Covid-19 test and quarantine upon arrival in South Korea
All foreign nationals must go through a special entry procedure upon arrival in South Korea. This includes a mandatory Covid-19 test and quarantine for 14 days.
- Short-term visitors: Foreign travelers on short-term visa will be required to quarantine at a government facility at their own expense for 14 days (approximately 150,000 KRW a day). Travelers are required to undergo COVID-19 test within three days from their arrival during the quarantine period.
- Long-term visitors: Travelers with long-term or residential visa are required to self-quarantine at their own residences for 14 days and must undergo a COVID-19 test within three days.
All travelers will also have to provide an address and contact number in the Republic of Korea and download applications to their phone (tracing app and self-diagnosis app).
Local governments will provide essential products/food for persons in quarantine.
Transit passengers: Most passengers transiting through Korean airports who do not pass through immigration have no quarantine requirement for stays less than 24 hours. However, transit passengers may need to undergo temperature checks or health questionnaires at the airport.
Isolation exemption certificate for short-term travelers: Some Norwegians traveling to South Korea for important business, academic, public, humanitarian purposes or other emergencies may be exempt from self-quarantine requirements. An isolation exemption certificate must be approved prior to travelling at the Korean Embassy or Consulate. Travelers are advised to contact the Korean Embassy for further procedures. – Korean Embassy in Oslo
Fines for Non-Compliance: Beginning of 13 November, face masks are compulsory in public places (public transportation, healthcare facilities, etc.). Failure to wear an appropriate mask could result in a fine of up to 100,000 KRW.
Failure to comply with public health authority’s orders such as self-quarantine and COVID-19 test may subject to a fine, arrest, revocation of visa or deportation.
The Korea Immigration Service and the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) run Contact Centre Hotlines which provide counselling and interpretation to foreign nationals regarding COVID-19.
- Korea Immigration Service – (+82) 1345
- KDCA – (+82) 1339
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency
COVID-19 Portal by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea