South Korea is finally reopening its borders for travellers wanting to visit their country. Starting from April 1, fully vaccinated individuals will be able to enter the country without the need to quarantine. These include visitors from the UK, USA, and Australia.
Below is a travel guide for people travelling on a full “British Citizen” passport from the UK for those who want to visit the Republic of South Korea.
South Korea exercise a high degree of caution due to the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and have four levels of social distancing. Travellers are advised to keep up with the current social distancing rules, and further information can be found on the Ministry of Health and Welfare website.
For those with heart or breathing problems who want to visit the country in March or May, consider getting medical advise as strong winds from Mongolia and China carry yellow dust to Korean Peninsula, causing eye, nose, mouth, and throat irritations.
- COVID-19 Testing
Testing on Arrival
All foreigners arriving in South Korea must provide a negative PCR test, except for people visiting for 14 days or less, travelling for business, for academic travellers, government officials, and travel for the funeral of a close family member. Visitors can apply for exemption at the South Korean embassy, where they are vaccinated.
The PCR test must be taken 48 hours before departure. Travellers must review the detailed information on the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London website. Regardless of their nationality and length of stay, visitors aged five years and younger are subjected to coronavirus testing within 24 hours before entering Korea.
- Quarantine Requirements
Starting April 1, 2022, fully jabbed travellers who have registered their overseas vaccination history through the Quarantine COVID-19 Defence (Q-Code) system before travelling to South Korea will be eligible for quarantine exemption.
Individuals are only considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose for a two-shot series. Additionally, vaccination is deemed to be complete and remains valid indefinitely even after administering booster shots.
What about the unvaccinated individuals in South Korea?
People who have yet to complete their vaccination or register their vaccination history through the Q-Code system must follow the default requirement when entering South Korea. Quarantine at home for seven days if you are a resident of South Korea. On the other hand, visitors must quarantine in a government quarantine facility.
Suppose you do not want to quarantine for a long time. In that case, you can prevent this by registering your vaccination status through the Q-Code system or if you have a quarantine exemption certified by a Korean embassy.
Onward travel from the airport
If travellers are required to take a test for coronavirus at a government-designated facility upon arrival, transport to the facility, usually a bus, will be provided. Airport officials will guide visitors to the transportation as part of their arrival process.
For unvaccinated and short-term visitors quarantining with family members, family members are responsible for picking them up at the airport from a quarantine facility later.
Travellers from the UK will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. They will need to partake with an active monitoring system via regular calls with a health professional and a specialised mobile app. Ensure to have a mobile phone with the roaming function enabled. Additionally, visitors must input the telephone number of individuals who can update authorities daily about the state of their health.
Are you looking for a testing provider?
Harley Medic International is a government-approved testing provider and an expert in COVID-19 testing. They have many locations across the UK, ensuring that a testing centre is near you. Getting a test is as easy as booking online and finding their closest clinic. Visit their website harleymedic.co.uk to learn more.