COVID-19 Information
Effective on August 28 at 12:00 a.m., to better align with ROK, U.S. CDC and DoD guidelines, USFK will be transition to a new method of COVID-19 preventative measures. When a Korean district's incidence rate is greater than or equal to 50 (updated weekly on Wednesday evenings in the hotspot map below), USFK's affiliated community must follow the additional COVID-19 mitigation measures outlined in the article, USFK Implements New COVID-19 Measures Peninsula-Wide.
The HPCON status is currently "BRAVO."
All USFK-affiliated individuals - regardless of vaccination status - are required to wear masks in all indoor common areas on all USFK installations inside a red district. Fully vaccinated individuals may visit bars, clubs, saunas & bathhouses in green areas. For additional information and recent exceptions, please see the map and Current COVID Information below.
USFK will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 conditions within the peninsula, and will immediately elevate to a heightened HPCON posture or impose additional mitigation measures without hesitation if a resurgence of the threat appears within our formations, installations or communities. USFK has implemented these mitigation measures to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, and encourages adherence to our core tenets for all USFK personnel and their families to protect the force to protect the mission.


USFK COVID-19 Map Legend

Yellow Flag - Open and Safe New
Open and Safe (New)
Red Flag - Closed and Off-limits (New)
Closed and Off-limits
(New)
Red Location Point - Closed and Off-limits
Closed and Off-limits
Grey Location Point - Cleaned establishment
Cleaned establishment
Green circle with white H - Open Hospital
Open Hospital
Red circle with white H - Closed Hospital
Closed Hospital
Green Square with a tinted green fill - No travel restrictions
No Travel Restrictions
Red square with a tinted red fill - Travel Restrictions
Travel Restrictions
Current COVID-19 Information
USFK Implements New COVID-19 Measures Peninsula-Wide
By USFK Public Affairs | Aug. 26, 2021
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 28 at midnight, United States Forces Korea will transition to a new method for implementing COVID-19 preventive measures for its affiliated communities that better aligns USFK with Republic of Korea, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense guidelines.
Update for personnel in health monitoring status
By USFK Public Affairs | Aug. 16, 2021
USFK is updating its health monitoring status policy for incoming USFK-affiliated personnel.
Public Health Emergency Declaration on USFK Installations Renewed
By USFK Public Affairs | July 14, 2021
The USFK Commander has renewed the current Public Health Emergency Declaration. It will remain in effect for 90 days after issue date, unless it is renewed or terminated before then.
USFK to Offer COVID-19 vaccine to USFK Contractor Family Members
By USFK Public Affairs | June 10, 2021
Effective immediately, USFK has received DoD permission to begin offering a FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccine, on a voluntary basis, to all eligible USFK contractor family members, who are U.S. citizens and aged 12 years and older.
USFK to Receive and Administer Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
By USFK Public Affairs | May 17, 2021
Beginning Tuesday, May 18, USFK will begin offering the FDA authorized Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, on a voluntary basis, to all eligible USFK beneficiaries, aged 12 - 17 years old.
USFK adjusts mask regulations on installations for COVID vaccinated USFK affiliated personnel
By USFK Public Affairs | May 14, 2021
Effective immediately, fully vaccinated USFK affiliated personnel who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose of an FDA/KDCA authorized vaccine are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors on USFK installations in alignment with the DoD’s new policy. Personnel who are not fully vaccinated will continue to follow all applicable USFK mask wear guidance.
USFK resumes offering of the Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccine
By USFK Public Affairs | April 29, 2021
Based on the joint recommendation of the U.S. FDA and CDC to end the temporary pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all persons 18 years and up, and with DOD authorization, USFK will resume offering the J&J vaccine to our eligible population beginning Friday, April 30.
USFK Expands HPCON Bravo to Area II
By | April 9, 2021
On March 24, USFK adjusted its health protection condition level in Yongsan and Seongnam Districts to Bravo, and will now expand this HPCON Bravo level for remaining districts in Area II effective Sunday, April 11 at 6 a.m. All other areas will remain in HPCON Bravo level. USFK-affiliated individuals can now travel freely across South Korea without restriction, with the exception of bars, clubs, karaoke rooms, saunas, bathhouses, off-installation gyms and establishments that restrict entrance to adults only, which remain off-limits.
USFK to Receive and Administer the J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
By USFK Public Affairs | March 9, 2021
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization on Feb. 27 of the one-dose Janssen vaccine, commonly referred to as Johnson & Johnson or J&J, USFK will begin to receive and administer the J&J COVID-19 vaccine to its affiliated community as another vaccine to further protect its bubble in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
Negative COVID-19 PCR test required for all arriving USFK Personnel
By USFK Public Affairs | Jan. 4, 2021
From the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, effective Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. (KST), all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure; airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result.
USFK Commander's Message about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
By USFK Public Affairs | Dec. 22, 2020
After a comprehensive review of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization, meaning it’s effective for immediate use. Over the next few days, USFK will begin to receive and administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus to further protect the force and our community.
COVID-19 Press Releases
Six USFK-affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19
By | Sept. 24, 2021
Six USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Sept. 8 and 23.
Fourteen USFK-Affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19
By | Sept. 22, 2021
Fourteen USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 between Sept. 13 and 21.
Twelve USFK-affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19
By | Sept. 15, 2021
Twelve USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 between Sept. 4 and 13.
Nine USFK-affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19
By | Sept. 13, 2021
Nine USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6.
Seventeen USFK-affiliated Individuals Confirmed with COVID-19
By | Sept. 8, 2021
Seventeen USFK-affiliated individuals tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6.

Important Numbers

 

USFK NOVEL CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE (65th Medical Brigade)
AVAILABLE 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (7 days a week)
COMMERCIAL 050-3337-2556 - (Korea)
DSN (315) 737-2556


24/7 Language Interpretation Service (TRICARE)
Call Tricare's 24/7 language interpretation service if you need help navigating Korean Hospitals.
AVAILABLE 24/7
COMMERCIAL 080-429-0880 - Select option 1 and ask for an interpreter

 


Military Health System (MHS) Nurse Advice Line
AVAILABLE 24/7
COMMERCIAL 080-500-4011
DSN (888) 901-7144

 

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Novel Coronavirus Facts

 

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.

  • Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
  • Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
  • Vaccines are in development and limited treatment options are available
  • Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days
  • Greatest risk is to elderly or those who have complicated medical problems, but long term effects are noted in 20% in young adults

 

Preventive Measure Tips/Guidelines
Follow HPCON measures and core tenets: Protect Yourself, Protect the Bubble and Protect Others.

However, if you are feeling sick or ill, do not come to work and follow the below guidelines:

  • Seek US medical care/treatment if you are feeling sick, experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing; be sure to call ahead to the medical clinic to advise them of recent travels and current symptoms.
  • Wear a surgical mask or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Perform routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace - doorknobs, countertops, desks, refrigerators, keyboards, remote controls, etc. - with disposable wipes; additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is not needed.
  • Avoid nonessential travel
  • Avoid travel or contact with others while sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.

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COVID FAQs

 

Review some of our frequently asked questions below in relation to HPCON Guidelines. 

I think I might have been exposed to COVID-19. Where do I call to see if I need to be in self-quarantine?

Feel free to call the USFK Novel Coronavirus Hotline at the 65th Medical Brigade at 050-3337-2556 (Commercial, Korea) or via DSN at (315) 737-2556. This hotline is available from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
If you're at a Korean Hospital and need language interpretation services, call Tricare's 24/7 at 080-429-0880, select option 1 and ask for an interpreter

 

I need to get an Exception to Policy (ETP). How do I get an ETP (exception to policy)?

If the current HPCON requires you to obtain a ETP, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for ETP submission guidelines. Please note that an O6 or civilian equivalent is required for ETP approval.

 

In the current HPCON, is ___________ open on base/installation?

Please visit the installation's Facebook page or website for information on the current status for their facilities.
Click here to jump to the list of social media for each installation.

 

Is ___________ allowed in the current HPCON?

Please look at the current HPCON guidelines for your area to see if certain activities are allowed. The current HPCON status is indicated in the red box above. If you have a question about a specific activity/location or are unsure if it is authorized or not authorized, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for approval. Note: an ETP approved by an O-6 (or equivalent) may be required.

 

What does bubble-to-bubble travel mean?

Bubble-to-bubble travel means that you are traveling from one installation to another or from your home to your workplace/installation. Check the current HPCON guidelines to know if bubble-to-bubble travel is authorized.

 

What if I would like to quarantine at a different location than a designated quarantine facility?

All USFK associated personnel (Service Members, Family Members, Civilian Employees, Contractors, and Retirees) wanting to quarantine at a location other than a dedicated quarantine facility must have a "Quarantine Action Plan" signed by an O-6 or civilian equivalent from their Korea based military unit or civilian organization. Retirees are authorized to sign for themselves and their family members. Arriving personnel, which reside in the immediate area, after providing a sample for their first COVID test will be released to their unit/organization’s representative provided they have a signed "Quarantine Action Plan". Installations are authorized to hold arriving personnel that do not reside in the immediate area until after the results of the first COVID test are returned. Visitors without one of the following documents: CAC, A-3 Visa/Immigration Card, SOFA verification Stamp, will follow ROK government procedures on arrival.

Click here to download a sample Quarantine Action Plan

 

Can my visitor (who is visiting from outside of Korea) stay with me during their quarantine?

A visitor, even if they have a military ID card, are required to follow ROK guidelines in regards to quarantine as they are utilizing a Visitor visa. Please visit the U.S. Embassy's Website for current guidelines regarding ROK quarantine.

 

I don't see my answer here. Where can I ask my questions?

If you do not see your question answered here, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for further guidance.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization on Feb. 27 of the one-dose Janssen vaccine, commonly referred to as Johnson & Johnson or J&J, USFK will begin to receive and administer the J&J COVID-19 vaccine to its affiliated community as another vaccine to further protect its bubble in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, view the vaccine fact sheet by clicking on the link below.

 

 

After a comprehensive review of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization on December 18, meaning it’s effective for immediate use. USFK will begin to receive and administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus to further protect the force and our community. To learn more about the Moderna vaccine, view the vaccine fact sheet by clicking on the link below.

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) on December 11, 2020, which may help prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. On May 10, 2021, the FDA authorized the use of this vaccine in adolescents between the ages of 12-15. USFK will begin to receive and administer the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to combat the COVID-19 virus to further protect the force and our community. To learn more about the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, view the vaccine fact sheet by clicking on the link below.

 

 

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Stay Connected

 

Make sure to follow us on social media to find up-to-date messages and information about COVID-19 through our various social media channels below:

 

 


 

Also make sure to keep an eye on installation social media for up-to-date messages and information about COVID-19 for the various USFK installations, as they may have additional regulations in place.

 

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Sign Up for COVID Alerts

ROK Government COVID Page (Eng)

ROK Government Social Distancing Status (Hangul)

DoD COVID Symptom Checker

Call USFK COVID Hotline

COVID-19 News Archive