South Korea: Reduced Pre-Departure Testing Time

February 14, 2022

Key Points 

  • The accepted period for pre-departure testing will be reduced to 48 hours for all travelers entering South Korea  

Overview  

The government of South Korea introduced new pre-departure testing requirements for inbound travelers on 20 Jan. 2022. Travelers will be required to submit a negative PCR test result that was taken within 48 hours of departure to South Korea. The government advises travelers to ensure that the name on the test result coincides with the name on the traveler's passport and travel communication.  

The test results must be written in either English or Korean or the traveler must be able to provide a translated copy of the results that was completed by a notary or a Korean embassy. For additional information on testing exemptions, click here.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of South Korea introduced new pre-departure testing requirements on 20 Jan. 2022. All eligible inbound travelers must provide a negative PCR test result that was taken within 48 hours of departure. Previously, the government had accepted results taken within 72 hours.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of South Korea’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  


This article was published on 21 Jan. 2022 and may not be the most recent update concerning COVID-19 entrance restrictions, testing requirements and quarantine measures. For the most recent updates be sure to check our Global Mobility Resource Center.

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative. 

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