Airport traveller drawing - Photo:Ingrid Asp / ASD
Ingrid Asp / ASD

Covid 19- travel to the Republic of Korea

From 21 March 2022, the requirement to quarantine for 7 days for arrivals from overseas is waived for those fully vaccinated and registered in the Korean system, “COOV”. If your vaccination record is not registered in COOV, you can get quarantine exemption from 1 April 2022.

※ Full vaccination status: Within 14 to 180 days after the second WHO-certified vaccine or received the booster shot (there is no limit to number of days post booster shot).

Your vaccination record (Korean or overseas vaccination) must be registered in Korean system, “COOV”, in order to get exemption of quarantine from 21 March 2022.

From 1 April 2022, if your vaccination record is not registered in COOV, in order to get quarantine exemption, you have to input your vaccination record in Q-Code before you enter Korea. Please see the Q-code website for further information - Q-code - GUIDE (kdca.go.kr)

 *In either case, you have to submit a negative PCR test results taken within 48 hours from the date of departure.

*Three-step PCR test requirement upon entry to Korea still continues even after 21 March 2022.

  •  PCR test results required before arrival (submit a negative PCR test results taken within 48 hours from the date of departure)
  •   PCR test on the 1st day after arrival
  •   6~7th day: rapid antigen test results (either self-test or taken at a medical institution are both acceptable)

 You can contact the Korean Embassy in Olso for further information on entry regulation - 주 노르웨이 대한민국 대사관 (mofa.go.kr)

 

Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)

Starting from 1 September, 2021, travelers from countries that are required a K-ETA must hold a K-ETA by applying on the K-ETA website (or mobile app) at least 24 hours before their flight. This includes travellers from Norway. Only K-ETA approved travelers will be able to board a flight bound to the Republic of Korea.

K-ETA is valid for 2 years from the date of approval. 

  • PC (website): k-eta.go.kr, Mobile App: K-ETA (App Store, Google Play Store)

 

Re-Entry Permit  

Registered foreign residents of the Republic of Korea who are departing the ROK after April 1, 2022 will be allowed re-entry into the ROK within one year from the date of departure without obtaining a Re-Entry Permit in advance.  Only registered foreign residents who are entering the ROK after spending more than a year abroad from the date of departure will need to apply for a multiple Re-Entry Permit. (granted for up to 2 years)  The permits are available online through an e-application at the www.hikorea.go.kr website.

For further questions, you can contact the Korean Embassy in Oslo.  

 

Covid-19 test and quarantine upon arrival in South Korea 

All travelers arriving in the ROK by plane must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their departure.  

Quarantine rules are as below:

  • Short-term visitors: Foreign travelers on short-term visa will be required to quarantine at a government facility at their own expense for 7 days (approximately 150,000 KRW a day) and must undergo COVID-19 tests.
  • Long-term visitors: Korean nationals or foreign travelers with long-term visa are required to self-quarantine at their own residences for 7 days and must undergo COVID-19 tests. 

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.  

 

Quarantine exemption certificate 

Travelers, who are NOT fully vaccinated*, regardless of nationality and vaccination status must undergo a 7-day quarantine period when entering ROK.

*Full vaccination status: Within 14 to 180 days after the second WHO-certified vaccine or received the booster shot (there is no limit to number of days post booster shot).

Only the following exemptions can apply for the Quarantine Exemption Certificate: Funeral attendance of family, official government duty, important business or academic purpose visit, etc.  

For further information on the procedure, you can contact the Korean Embassy in Oslo.  

 

Fines for Non-Compliance: Beginning of 13 November 2020, 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