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Jan 8 UPDATED: Re-entry Permit and Submission of Diagnosis for Re-ent…

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Updates as of January 8, 2021

Foreigners who re-enter Korea on January 8 onwards with a re-entry permit must submit a PCR test result (negative), which is issued within 72 hours before  departure.

* The "Medical Examination Exemption Certificate" is no longer available.

* This requirement applies to those foreigners who have acquired a re-entry permit before January 8, 2021, too.




■ In response to the global spread of COVID-19, the government of the Republic of Korea(ROK) implements a re-entry permit system and a medical certificate submission system effective from June 1st, 2020 to protect the health and safety of its citizens and foreigners staying in the ROK and to prepare for a second wave of pandemic spread warned by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

■ Please refer to the attachments for more details. 


□ Application for Re-entry Permit (Re-entry is restricted when leaving the ROK without obtaining a re-entry permit)

 ❍ Eligibility: Registered aliens (regardless of nationality) seeking re-entry into the ROK after departure from the country as of June 1, 2020


 ❍ Application: Immigration (branch) Offices across the nation (including at ports and  airports) 

  ※ For the month of June, applications can be filed with a local immigration (branch) office without any reservation.

  ※ Application can be filed at the airport, on the day of departure, without any prior reservation. 


 ❍ Required documents: passport, copy of alien registration, re-entry permit application and letter of explanation


  Registered aliens who seek to re-enter the Republic of Korea within 3 weeks after departing from the country for the purpose of business (investment) activities, journalism, academic (research) activities as of June 1, 2020. can apply for a "Medical Examination Exemption Certificate" by submitting supporting documents proving the purpose of travel. (See Appendix 1.)


□ Diagnosis Requirement for those seeking re-entry    (Those without a written diagnosis are not permitted to re-enter the ROK) 

 ❍ Eligibility: Registered aliens (regardless of nationality) seeking re-entry into the ROK after departure from the country as of June 1, 2020.


 ❍ Requirement: A diagnosis report issued by a local medical institute must be presented when boarding, and submitted to immigration authorities, which is issued within 2 days (excluding holidays) before departure date (yet, in unavoidable circumstances, it shall be issued within 3 days (excluding holidays)