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Key Points

  • Quarantine requirements removed for fully vaccinated travelers vaccinated in South Korea or those registered with a local Korean public health center
  • Beginning April 1, 2022, quarantine requirements are to be removed for fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccination abroad and are registered with the South Korean government


On March 21, 2022, the government of South Korea announced that fully vaccinated travelers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination in Korea or those who have already registered their overseas vaccination history at a local Korean public health center will be exempt from quarantine requirements when entering the country.

Beginning April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers who have completed a vaccination regime abroad and registered their vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID-19 Defense (Q-Code) system within 48 hours of traveling to South Korea will also be exempt from quarantine when entering the country.

To be fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed after receiving the second or booster doses. If travelers received their second dose over 180 days ago and have not received a booster dose, they will not be considered fully vaccinated.

All travelers entering South Korea will continue to be subject to PCR testing and reporting requirements. This includes undergoing testing within one day of arrival in South Korea and additional testing on day six or seven of arrival. For further information, click here.

What are the Changes?

The government of South Korea reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers who received their vaccination in South Korea or registered their vaccination history with the South Korean officials. Fully vaccinated travelers who finished their vaccine regime abroad will also be permitted to enter the country on April 1, 2022, without a quarantine period.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of South Korea’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Center for Disease Control, South Korea

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