COVID-19 Travel Updates

Last updated 9/12/2022

Getting to Seoul, South Korea

If you are traveling from the USA, you will need to obtain a VISA K-ETA — Korean Electronic Travel Authorization. You cannot board your flight without K-ETA, please, obtain it before your flight. K-ETA will last for two years provided your passport does not expire beforehand.

Effective September 3, 2022, a negative pre-departure COVID test result is no longer required for travel to South Korea regardless of vaccination status (1). However, CIEE recommends to get a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure to Seoul to avoid 7 days quarantine in South Korea if you test positive after landing.

Before leaving to South Korea you should download the Q-Code app to register your travel information.

A PCR Test within one day of arrival is mandatory and can be done at Incheon International Airport (ICN). You can download the Safe2gopass app to book your appointment.

Your PCR test will most likely be ready the next morning, so in the meantime you must quarantine in your hotel room and order a room service. Once you receive your PCR test result you should upload it to Q-Code app. Note, that if you receive a positive PCR test and you have a room booked at Conrad, they will have relevant accommodations for your quarantine so you will not need to interact with staff.

If you stay at Conrad Hotel, please, save this information on your phone because you will need it when filling documentation on arrival:
Conrad Seoul Hotel
10 Gukjegeumyung-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu Seoul, South Korea 07326 , Phone: +82 2-6137-700 

In South Korea, facemasks are mandatory in indoor public areas, including public transportation. However, officials will end the mandate at outdoor events with more than 50 people on September 26.

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Getting to the USA

Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022, the CDC cancelled its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country.  CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect (2).

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