Effective from July 1, 2021, the South Korean government has lifted the mandatory 2-weeks quarantine for foreign arrivals who have been fully vaccinated from other countries against Covid19.

This applies to South Korean citizens, visa exempt travelers (B-1, B2), short term visa holders (C-1 / C-3 / C-4), long term visa holders (D-7 / D-8 / D-9 / F-4 / F-5 / F-6 / E-7), and ARC holders (D-7 / D-8 / D-9 / F-4 / F-5 / F-6 / E-7). However, they must also adhere to the following conditions: are inoculated by Covid19 vaccines approved by WHO for emergency use (AstraZeneca / Pfizer / Janssen / Moderna / Sinopharm / Sinovac / Covishield); get fully vaccinated in the same country; do not show any suspected Covid19 symptoms at least for 2 weeks from the fully vaccinated date; are coming to South Korea for business / academic / humanitarian purpose or who are overseas South Koreans coming to meet their family members (spouse / children / parents / parents-in-law),

The F-3 (dependent) and D-4 (intern) are NOT included.  F-3 visa holders can apply for quarantine exemption directly at the Korean embassy in their current residence country, only when their main applicant is already in South Korea as a registered foreign resident with a valid ARC.

If you got fully vaccinated in country A, you can apply for quarantine exemption at the Korean embassy in country A ONLY. If got vaccinated in country A but currently in country B, then you are not able to apply for quarantine exemption in country B.

Those currently in countries with a high risk of covid19 variants are NOT allowed to apply for quarantine exemption regardless of the fact whether they are fully vaccinated or not. A total of 21 countries as of July 1st are: South Africa / Brazil / Malawi / Botswana / Mozambique / Tanzania / Eswatini / Zimbabwe / Bangladesh / Equatorial Guinea / Suriname / Paraguay / Chile / Uruguay / Colombia / Argentina / Malta / Indonesia / Pakistan / India / Philippines.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.