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COVID Information for Arrivals

Effective Thursday, January 20, 2022, South Korea, all travelers - both new arrivals and returnees - must possess a negative COVID-19 PCR test (both performed and the certificate issued) within 48 hours before their departure date. The PCR test must be performed and the certificate must be issued within the same 48-hour period. Children under the age of 6 (on the date of arrival) are exempt from this requirement if all travelers possess a valid negative PCR test.  

Acceptable PCR tests include NAAT, RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA and NEAR tests according to the South Korean government: 문서뷰어 (mofa.go.kr) [↗]

Failure to adhere to this new requirement will result in traveler either being denied entry to board the flight or denied entry to South Korea upon arrival.

Please see the following link to fully understand South Korea’s updated guidance for off-peninsula arrivals to the peninsula: https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/us-en/brd/m_4500/view.do?seq=761034&page=1 [↗] 

Additional COVID information in regards to USFK-affiliated personnel is available on the USFK COVID page.

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 U.S. Embassy address can be utilized as a default address: 188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 03141
In the second line (address line 2) please put your installation of assignment (i.e. Osan Air Force Base, USAG Humphreys, etc.)


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