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Feb 3 UPDATED: Arrival and Self-Quarantine Guideline for (Re-)Entrants…

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★ All SNU members who plan to (re-)enter Korea must make sure to report their arrival schedule to SNU in advance. 

★ After arrival, SNU members must keep in contact with SNU during the entire self-quarantine period and report the date of COVID-19 diagnostic test, its result, and any suspected symptoms.

★ Attached you will find the official quarantine guidelines for foreign students, published by Seoul City Hall, as of February 2.

Before Travel

- All SNU members must inform their arrival schedule to SNU (department office or program office). (See Contact Information.)

* If registered foreigners plan on leaving and re-entering Korea, you must ensure to take a re-entry permit and check whether you can fulfill the re-entry requirement. (See Re-entry Permit.) Also, you must inform your re-entry schedule to SNU, too. 

- Effective January 8, 2021 (KST), all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

 (Existing) All foreign passengers must conduct a PCR test within 72 hours before departure and submit a negative PCR test during airport quarantine.

 (Change as of Jan 29) All foreign passengers must submit a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours before the departure date during airport quarantine.

Airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result. (See more information.)



- During the travel, all travelers must wear a facemask all the time and minimize contact or conversation with others.

Upon Arrival

- All inbound travelers will receive temperature screening and must fill out the Health Questionnaire and Special Quarantine Declaration in accordance with the Special Entry Procedure. 

- During immigration, local contact information and address of residence in Korea must be verified; officers will dial the number on site to check if it is answered. This information will be used when the local authority contacts you when you are under self-quarantine, so it is required you maintain the contact information until being discharged from the self-quarantine.

* If you do not have a Korean mobile number, please maintain your home country mobile number at least for 14 days upon entry. 


- All travelers are required to install the “Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App” on their mobiles and record their health status on a daily basis for 15 consecutive days. 

COVID-19 Diagnostic Test
- All entrants must take a COVID-19 diagnostic test and follow the health authority’s procedure. 
If you do not have symptoms at the time of entry, you may leave the airport and enter your mandatory 14-day home quarantine. However, you are required to visit a screening center and get tested within the next day, regardless of symptoms. Then, before the quarantine ends, you must take another PCR test. (This may vary depending on the COVID-19 situation.)
- The date of COVID-19 diagnostic test and its result must be reported to SNU.
- If a traveler entering Korea does not comply with the quarantine guidelines, (s)he may face up to 1 year of imprisonment or a KRW 10 million fine for violating the Quarantine Act and Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act. In accordance with the Immigration Act, foreign nationals violating the regulations may face deportation or ban on entry into Korea.

- All entrants who reside in Seoul must be tested immediately upon arrival at the local public health center’s screening clinic.
- All Seoul residents must travel by a personal vehicle or specially arranged shuttle taxi/bus.
- To take a shuttle bus to Gwanak-gu?
1) Upon arrival, go to the emergency shuttle bus waiting area (Zone 4). (Incheon Airport – Terminal 1 (1F), Terminal 2 (B1F).
2) Check the bus routes and fill out the passenger form. Passengers are only allowed to get off at bus stops designated by the district office.
3) Take the shuttle bus to your local district office.
4) Get off at the district office and follow the instructions of the person in charge at the district office. You may receive the COVID-19 diagnostic test immediately or requested to head directly to your residence. For the latter case, ride the district office vehicle if possible and visit the screening clinic again within 3 days.

Gwanak-gu Shuttle Bus Timetable (Subject to Change; fare: KRW 16,000)

Departure from the Airport







Terminal 1






Terminal 2






Arrival at Gwanak-gu

Gwanak-gu Council


14:00 - 15:00




* Route: T2 T1 Dongjak-gu District Office Gwanak-gu District OfficeGeumcheon-gu District Office


Gwanak-gu Public Health Center (Screening Clinic) Operation Time (extended operation from December 8)


with regard to Gwanak-gu Shuttle Bus




No diagnostic test available on the arrival date unless you take the bus #1 or #2.

Two vehicles/turn

(four people/ vehicle)





No diagnostic test available on the arrival date unless you take the bus #1.

* Those who could not receive the test on the arrival date must visit the screening clinic by foot or personal vehicle within 3 days.



14-day Mandatory Quarantine (starting from the following midnight for 14 consecutive days) 

SNU Self-Quarantine Guideline 

This guideline is provided for those who cooperate in self-quarantine to detect any COVID-19 infection possibilities and blocking its spread to the local community.


O Going outside is prohibited.

​ - Visitors (including family members who do not live together) cannot enter the quarantine place.
 * Where necessary (emergency care, nursing, etc.), visits may be allowed upon confirmation of the local public health service center.

O Stay alone in an isolated space.

 - With the door closed, open the windows as often as possible for ventilation and eat alone.

 - Use your own bathroom (toilet and sink).

 * If you have to use a shared bathroom/toilet, disinfect it with disinfectants before others use it.


O When inevitable (such as visits to hospital), report the reason you must go out and its estimated schedule to the local public health service center.


O Do not contact or converse with family or roommates.

 - When inevitable, make sure that all parties must wear a mask at all times and do not face each other, maintaining a distance of 2 meters.


O All family members and roommates who reside together in the same place must wear a facemask all the time, except when one stays alone in an isolated room.


O Use your own stuffs only (towels, tableware, mobile phone, etc.).

 - Laundry (clothes and blankets, etc.) must be handled individually.

 - Tableware (spoons, chopsticks, forks, etc.) must be separated and wash them before others use them.


O Make sure to follow COVID-19 prevention guideline.

 - Wash or sterilize your hands as often and thoroughly as possible.

 - Wear a mask all the time if you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms (coughs, breathing issues, etc.).


O Install “self-monitoring app”.

 * If you do not follow the quarantine policy (e.g. unauthorized travels during the quarantine period), you will be required to wear a wrist band that synchronizes with the app; if you refuse to, you will be forced to be isolated in the designated facility. In case you refuse to install the app or do not own a mobile phone, you may be isolated too. (Accommodation fee may be charged.) 


O Wastes from the room where the quarantine subject stays must not be recycled together with other wastes, but processed in compliance with the waste management guideline.

During the self-quarantine period, your local public health center will contact you to check your symptoms. You are required to self-monitor your health status until it exceeds 14 days from the date you contacted the confirmed case, in the following way:


O How exactly do we self-monitor ourselves?

 - You should measure your body temperature and monitor if you have developed any suspected symptoms every morning and evening.

 - The local public health center will contact you more than once a day and you should report any symptoms you have.


O What kind of symptoms may develop?

- Fever (higher than 37.5), coughs, breathing difficulties, chill, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of auditory/olfactory senses or pneumonia are major symptoms of COVID-19.  

- Other symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, phlegm, digestive symptoms (missing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), chaotic feeling, dizziness, runny nose or nasal congestion, glands, chest pains, conjunctivitis, skin symptoms, etc.