South Korea Quarantine Exemptions: Here’s a List of People Who Qualify

South Korea Quarantine Exemptions: Here’s a List of People Who Qualify

Check if you qualify!

South Korea is gradually reopening its borders to travellers! The Land of the Morning Calm recently made it possible for fully vaccinated travellers to enter the country without quarantine, starting on 1 July 2021. But don’t get too excited. So far, South Korea’s quarantine exemption is exclusive to travellers with a special purpose such as business, academic, and familial. 

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People who fall under these traveller categories but aren’t fully vaccinated yet must go through the two-week mandatory quarantine. It’s also important to remember that South Korea’s quarantine exemption is only applicable starting two weeks after an individual is fully vaccinated. Unfortunately, the quarantine exemption isn’t applicable to travellers from countries with high numbers of COVID-19 variants such as Brazil and South Africa.

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If you’re worried about whether South Korea recognises the vaccine you’ve taken, fret not. The country follows the World Health Organization (WHO) standards and it has basically approved most of the COVID-19 vaccines, specifically: Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. 

Travellers who fall under South Korea’s quarantine exemption must request for a quarantine waiver and submit an application, pledge, and vaccination record to an evaluation agency. 

According to the Korean Herald, these applications are available online through Korean Embassies and Consulates abroad. If travellers follow the procedure correctly, they will already know whether they’re exempted from quarantine even before departing for South Korea. 

Also read: 13 Fun Facts About South Korea You Should Know About Before You Visit!

Safe travels to everyone who may fall under South Korea’s quarantine exemption. And to hopeful tourists who still dream of flying to the land of kimchi and K-drama, your time will come!

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.


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