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The new version of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance ("CoronaEinreiseV") came into force on May 13th, 2021. The following regulations apply to air travelers from Korea to Germany:

The fundamentally necessary PCR test must be carried out up to 72 hours before the planned entry date. When entering from Korea, vaccinated and recovered people are treated the same as tested people. No negative test evidence is required for vaccinated and recovered individuals.

The transfer (transit) in the international transit area of ​​a German airport (non-Schengen) is not an entry within the meaning of the regulation, i.e. no test certificate, recovered certificate or vaccination certificate is required.

Further information on entering Germany can be found under the links below.

Vaccinations in Korea:
Foreigners aged 75 and over residing in Korea (staying longer than 90 days) can get vaccinated in Korea between April and June. Please contact the local community center or the central number of the KDCA - 1339. For Seoul you can find more information on the website of the city of Seoul.

Entry into Germany:

Entry to Korea:

Visa requirement:

The visa-free entry for German citizens to KOR is suspended from April 13th. The previous regulation that tourists and business travelers can enter the country without a visa for stays of up to 90 days has been suspended for a limited period. You can find more information on the websites of the Korean diplomatic missions abroad.

Since January 1, 2021, some simplifications have been made when applying for a visa. Applicants residing in Germany can, under certain conditions, obtain a visa in a fast-track process from the Korean diplomatic missions in Germany. If all the required documents are presented, the visa can be issued within 7 working days. This possibility exists for short-term visits by business travelers, experts, family members of holders of a residence permit, medical professionals, as well as artists, scientists and journalists. For more information, see the website of the Korean embassy.

Re-entry permit:

The following regulation came into force on June 1, 2020: Before leaving South Korea, all holders of long-term residence permits residing in South Korea (with the exception of A-1, A-2, A-3 and F-4 visas) must obtain a Apply online for a re-entry permit at least 4 days before departure: www.hikorea.go.kr. Without permission, the "Alien Registration Card" becomes invalid and a new entry visa for a longer stay must be applied for.

When re-entering Korea, from January 8, 2021, a negative PCR test result must be presented at the airport before departure, which was issued within 72 hours before departure. The original test result must be submitted in English or Korean. In the case of other languages, a certified translation must be enclosed. This rule applies to all non-Korean citizens without exception. This includes short-term and long-term travelers and foreigners residing in Korea, as well as those returning with a re-entry permit.

According to the Korean Ministry of Justice, further information on re-entry permits can be obtained by calling 1345 (Immigration Contact Center) and on the website www.hikorea.go.kr.

Entry and quarantine:

Quarantine obligation:

In principle, all passengers entering South Korea are obliged to go directly to a 14-day home quarantine after entry (or, if they do not have a place of residence, to a paid one - approx. 150,000 KRW (approx. 110 EUR) per day, 2,100,000 KRW for 14 days - provided quarantine location). Travelers entering Korea for a long-term stay must clarify with the Korean authorities where the quarantine can be carried out prior to departure. Students should contact the university in advance.
You are also obliged to download a “Self Diagnosis” app or a “Self Quarantine Safety” app to your smartphone upon arrival, which can be used to transmit health data and whereabouts to the Korean authorities up to a maximum of 14 days after entry.

People who visit the country briefly for an important business, humanitarian or academic reason are exempt from the obligation to self-quarantine if they have received an "Isolation Exemption Certificate" from the respective Korean embassy in their country of origin before they travel. For business travelers, the Korean side has a central point of contact for applying for quarantine exemption (Korea International Trade Association, only available in Korean).

In addition, from January 1, 2021, the group of people for whom quarantine exemption can be requested has been expanded. In addition to business travelers, experts and highly qualified professionals, scientists, artists and journalists (with a C-1 visa) can also apply for an exemption if they participate in an international conference, cultural or academic event of national or bilateral importance and this event is bilateral or national Korean interest lies. Applying for a quarantine exemption does not automatically mean that one will be issued.

Close family members who visit people with a valid residence permit in Korea can spend the mandatory quarantine at home if they can prove their family relationship (civil status documents, possibly with apostille). The regulation applies to the following family members: spouses, parents, children, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews. Details must be clarified with the Korean authorities in advance.

Test obligation:

According to information from the Korean authorities, from January 8th, 2021, when leaving and entering South Korea, a negative PCR test result must be presented, which was issued within 72 hours before departure (exceptions: children under 6 years of age and transit travelers who staying exclusively in the transit area are exempt from this rule). The original test result must be submitted in English or Korean. In the case of other languages, a certified translation must be enclosed.

This rule applies to all travelers. It will also apply from January 15, 2021 to foreign crew members of ships that dock in South Korea.

For details on the new regulation, please contact the responsible person directly.

Regardless of this, all flight passengers entering the country must undergo a second COVID-19 test. For short-term travelers, the test is either carried out directly after entry in an assigned test facility or must be carried out within one day in a quarantine facility. Travelers who are exempted from the quarantine obligation, e.g. with an "Isolation Exemption Certificate", will continue to be tested directly on arrival in an assigned quarantine facility. Depending on the duration of the test result, you can expect to spend the night in a government-assigned facility.

Long-term travelers must take the second Covid-19 test within one day of arrival.

According to the Korean authorities, since December 29, 2020, after arriving in Seoul, foreign nationals have to undergo another Covid test before the end of the 14-day quarantine (the local health authority decides on the need for the further test). The Korean authorities will inform you about this during the entry or quarantine process. People who enter the country with an "Isolation Exemption Certificate" and stay longer than 8 days are also obliged to have an additional PCR test carried out for a fee between the 5th and 7th day, see message from the Korean embassy.

Treatment and costs:

If the test is positive, you will be referred to the hospital or, in mild cases, to another medical facility (“Living Treatment Center”).

From August 24th, 2020, the treatment costs will no longer be covered by the Korean state in the event of a positive Covid-19 test. Foreigners who have entered the country from this point onwards must pay all costs for treatment and meals in the hospital themselves if the Covid 19 test is positive.

Punish:

In the event of a violation of the quarantine guidelines or other Covid-19 measures of the Korean government, high prison sentences or fines and the obligation to assume all costs must be expected. Deportation and entry bans to Korea are also possible.

Other notes:

  • When leaving Korea, a mandatory health check ("Thorough Infection Prevention") is carried out for all travelers. People with a high body temperature (37.5 degrees or higher) are taken to a "Disease Control Office" where they are examined in detail. If they show any further symptoms, they will be denied flight and placed in quarantine.
  • There are also entry bans / restrictions from other countries for travelers from South Korea. If you have any questions about current flight connections / entry requirements, please contact the respective airline or the embassy of the country concerned directly.
  • Please follow the instructions of the Korean authorities. If you find yourself having symptoms of a possible viral disease or want information about testing options and further medical treatment, you can contact the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention on 1339 (KCDC hotline). Further questions in connection with measures to fight the virus, e.g. buying a mask, can also be asked on the telephone number 1345 (hotline of the Immigration Office). This service is available around the clock and includes several languages, including German. The “EmergencyReadyApp” provided by the Korean Ministry of Public Security is also helpful. This is available in English for IOS (Apple) and Android.
  • From August 24th, 2020, the treatment costs will no longer be covered by the Korean state in the event of a positive Covid-19 test. Foreigners who have entered the country from this point onwards must pay all costs for treatment and meals in the hospital themselves if the Covid 19 test is positive.

    In the event of a violation of the quarantine guidelines or other Covid-19 measures of the Korean government, high penalties and the obligation to assume all costs must be expected. Further information can be found on the website of the Korean embassy in Berlin.

  • Please also note the information in the nCoV leaflet, set in the travel and safety information of the Federal Foreign Office, as well as on the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
  • Register with your travel details in our crisis prevention list so that we can be contacted quickly in an emergency.

Additional information

Republic of Korea (South Korea): Travel and Safety Advice

Coronavirus / Covid-19: Information for travelers

Entry restrictions and quarantine regulations in Germany

Information on visa application (ENG)

COVID-19EU Coronavirus Response

Seoul Provides Disaster Emergency Living Expenses to Non-Korean Residents