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COVID Information for Arrivals

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 is working with the Korean Government for clarification how this applies to USFK, but until additional information is provided, all USFK and component command travelers to South Korea must adhere to this ROK directive and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.

Personnel are advised to consult their airline regarding updated information about their travel plans and/or restrictions. Further information about COVID-19 conditions and regulations in the ROK are available on the U.S. embassy's COVID-19 website. Additional COVID information in regards to USFK-affiliated personnel is available on the USFK COVID page.

Additional information about quarantine regulations and arrivals can be found:

Eighth Army COVID Arrival Information

Seventh Air Force Newcomers Page


Effective September 1, 2021, all DoD civilians, contractors and family members, to include active duty dependents, traveling to the Republic of Korea must have an approved Korea - Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) prior to boarding (except as noted below).

What is a K-ETA?

The K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free foreign visitors need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea, by submitting relevant information online.

Who needs a K-ETA?

DoD civilians, contractors and family members, to include active duty dependents REQUIRE a K-ETA. Service members do not require a K-ETA. Those with existing SOFA Stamp/A-3 Visa do not require a K-ETA.

How to get a K-ETA?

You can apply* at: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do

*Note: Beware of non-official K-ETA websites and agencies. Only apply through the official K-ETA website listed above.
Although the K-ETA can be applied for at any time, we recommend no later than 48 hours prior to boarding a flight or ship bound for Korea to ensure you receive an approval in time for your departure. There is a 10,000 KRW (approximately $9-10) application fee and this expense can be claimed when you process your travel voucher upon arrival. 

When applying, the following address can be utilized as a default address: Dongchang-ri 35-3, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek City, Gyeonggi Province, Post code is 451-802.


You will receive an email identifying that your K-ETA application has been approved; you can print out your K-ETA using your application number through the K-ETA official website www.k-eta.go.kr. Do not travel prior to receiving approval and have your application approval in-hand when traveling. The K-ETA is valid for 2 years from date of approval.

Step-by-Step Guide for Application

Additional Resources