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South Korea Travel Restrictions

78.44% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 77.72% last week
Most visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter South Korea.

South Korea entry details and exceptions

Korea has temporarily suspended their visa-free travel agreement due to COVID-19, excluding diplomats, official, or service passport holders; airline crew and passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card. Visitors will need a valid visa to enter and are advised to consult their nearest Embassy for visa and entry restrictions prior to entry as restrictions are subject to change.

Entry restrictions do not apply to Korean nationals and their family members, government officials, overseas Koreans, Travelers Diplomats, and International Agreement holders. Long-term residents are required to apply for a re-entry permit before entry. More details can be found here.


Outgoing travel to South KoreaTravelling from New Zealand to South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to South Korea.

Details and exceptions

All travelers, including vaccinated individuals are required to have a negative PCR test in English or Korean language taken within 72 hours from departure date.

Children aged 6 and below, Korean nationals, and passengers in transit who will not enter South Korea are exempt from test requirement.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from New Zealand will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering South Korea.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility at their own expense. Korean nationals, long-term foreign visitors with an Alien Registration Card, Korean Residence and spouse of a Korean national and family members of lineal descent may quarantine at their residential address.

Exceptions to quarantine may be applicable to those who were vaccinated in South Korea, on important business, attending conferences, or on humanitarian grounds and individuals with an Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by a Korean embassy or consulate. Those who have an Isolation Exemption Certificate must be tested on arrival and must quarantine for 1 or 2 days until the result is available.


Return travelReturning to New Zealand from South Korea

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from South Korea must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departure to New Zealand.

Details and exceptions

Exemptions apply to the following:

1. Children who are under two years of age.

2. Individuals who can present a medical certificate verifying they have been examined no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure and have been determined to be unable to undertake a test for medical reasons but do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19

3. Individuals with past (recovered) cases of COVID-19 who have a positive 72 hour or less test result, but have a medical certificate for showing that the individual is no longer considered by a medical practitioner to be infectious with COVID-19

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from South Korea will need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New Zealand.

Details and exceptions

Travelers to New Zealand from all countries, except eligible passengers from a quarantine-free travel zone (Niue and Cook Islands), must complete a 14-day stay in a managed isolation or quarantine facility.

Quarantine-free travel for Australian passengers are temporary suspended until further notice.

Documents
Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher

Travelers are required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight to New Zealand.


FAQs

  • Most foreign visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter South Korea. Please check the official guidelines from South Korea for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

  • Most visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter South Korea.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter South Korea.

  • Mask usage in South Korea is required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in South Korea are open with restrictions. Bars in South Korea are open with restrictions.

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