Entry regulations for South Korea

September 30, 2022

South Korea lifts latest COVID-related entry ban

From October 1, 2022, the requirement to test within 24 hours of arrival in the country will be lifted.

Tests before departure are not needed from the beginning of September. The entrance is open to all tourists. There is no quarantine.

September 1, 2022

You do not need to present the result of a PCR test at the entrance to South Korea

From September 3, 2022, South Korea will cancel the requirement to present a PCR test for passengers arriving in the country.

This news is based on the received official notice from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the country. The message, in particular, states that the abolition of the PCR test comes into force on September 3 of this year. The waiver also applies to rapid RAT antibody testing.

Until the new rules come into force, passengers will still be required to undergo PCR testing and present the appropriate negative certificate.

It is also worth noting that the following requirements remain:

  • filling out the South Korean quarantine form on board the aircraft and presenting it upon entry into the country
  • after entering the country, within 24 hours, undergoing PCR testing for COVID-19 with a mandatory e-mail notification of the quarantine service about the result

July 26, 2022

To the attention of passengers entering the Republic of Korea

Starting from July 26, 2022, passengers entering the Republic of Korea are required to take a PCR test within a day (24 hours) upon arrival in the country.

Previously, the deadline for passing the test was three days (72 hours).

Citizens of the Republic of Korea, as well as foreign persons residing in the territory of the state on a long-term basis, can take the test free of charge at medical institutions under local administrations.

Passengers visiting the country for a short period take a PCR test for a fee at special airport centers.

March 30, 2022

All passengers must provide a PCR test prior to departure

All passengers must provide a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 no earlier than 48 hours before departure.

Passengers with citizenship of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan following the Tashkent-Seoul route, according to the requirements of the South Korean authorities, must obtain permission to enter Korea from March 30, 2022.

Currently, the Republic of Korea has an electronic system for authorizing the entry of foreign citizens "K-ETA", according to which foreigners arriving in the country in a visa-free regime are required to submit an electronic notification of the planned trip on the website at least 24 hours before departure, followed by obtaining a permit South Korean authorities for entry.

January 17, 2022

Quarantine measures are being strengthened for all passengers entering the country, regardless of citizenship

From January 20, 2022 (based on the date of entry into the country), all passengers aged 6 and older entering South Korea must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before the flight departure.

Test results must be translated into English and Korean.


A PCR certificate with a negative result for coronavirus infection must be issued 48 hours before departure from the MOMENT OF TESTING! (previously the rule was "... 48 hours from the date of issue of the certificate")

Passengers whose PCR certificates do not comply with the new rules will be denied check-in for the flight!

November 5, 2021

Entry rules for labor migrants from Uzbekistan

For Uzbek migrants wishing to work in South Korea, the authorities of the host country have determined special conditions, reports the Agency for External Labor Migration.

The resumption of the admission process for labor migrants was scheduled for the end of November 2021. It will be carried out on an E-9 work visa from all countries of origin of labor, including Uzbekistan.

So, to enter the country, citizens need:

  • Be fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized in Korea (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Janssen), at least 14 days before entering the republic
  • In one of the laboratories recognized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, a PCR test is required
  • After entering the country, go through a 10-day quarantine period (and not 14 days, as before)

It is noted that through the Korean EPS Center in Uzbekistan, additional information will be provided on the procedure and the number of incoming labor migrants on an E-9 work visa.

February 24, 2021

Starting from February 24, 2021 for entry into the territory of South Korea:

  • Residents of the Republic of Korea must provide a negative test result for COVID-19, performed using the PCR method in one of the laboratories in Uzbekistan.
  • Foreign citizens, including citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan, traveling to South Korea must have a negative test result for COVID-19, performed using the PCR method, issued by one of the laboratories approved by the Embassy of Korea in Uzbekistan. The certificate must be certified by the seal of the Embassy of Korea in Uzbekistan!
  • All passengers traveling to Korea by air in transit through Uzbekistan, without crossing the border of Uzbekistan, must also have a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 in their country of permanent residence.

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On flights "Tashkent – Seoul" are allowed citizens of Korea, as well as foreign citizens who have a valid entry permit (visa, ID card) and have passed all the necessary procedure at the consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan.

It is obligatory to have a certificate with a negative result of PCR testing in English or Korean. The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan presented a list of accredited laboratories for passing the PCR test. It included:

  • Korea No.1 Laboratory
  • Swiss Lab
  • De Factum Laboratories
  • Intermed Innovation

Passengers without certificates or with certificates from other medical institutions not included in the list of approved clinics are not allowed on the flight!

On flights, it is allowed to carry transit passengers from Uzbekistan through Seoul to third countries, provided that the transit connecting time is less than 24 hours and the rules of entry of the country of destination must be followed.

Responsibility for compliance with the rules of entry into the countries of final destination or onward transit rests fully with transit passengers.

All persons accompanying newborn children or children of preschool age must provide a certificate in accordance with the established procedure, however, newborn children and children of preschool age under 6 years of age (at the time of entry into the country) are exempted from providing a certificate.

In addition, it is reported that a person who provided a certificate that does not meet the following requirements will be recognized as a person who has not provided the necessary certificate, and will be placed in a special quarantine facility determined by the government of the Republic of Korea for a period of 14 days. Quarantine costs are borne by the quarantined person: 14 days – 1,680,000 won (KRW).

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General rule for references

Analysis method

The result of analysis carried out by PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA methods is recognized
The result of the analysis carried out by the method of detecting the virus gene (PCR, LAMP, etc.) is recognized
The result of the analysis carried out for the detection of antibodies (RAT, ELISA, etc.) is not recognized

Analysis issue time

The certificate must be issued no earlier than the time corresponding to the rules in force at the time of entry into the country

Contents of the certificate

The certificate should display:
  • Date of Birth**
  • Analysis method
  • Result
  • Date of issue
  • Name of the organization that performed the analysis

* FULL NAME must be indicated strictly according to the applicant's passport
** Instead of the date of birth, a passport number or ID-Card can be indicated


The certificate is recognized only with the result "Negative"
A certificate with the results "Unknown", "Positive", etc. is not recognized

Language of the issued certificate

The certificate must be issued in Korean or English

* If a certificate is issued in another language, the certificate is considered valid upon the provision of a certified notarized translation. If the certificate was translated independently, then certification by a notary or the Embassy of South Korea is required.

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