Did you enter Korea through Incheon Airport? Please ‘self-quarantine’ for 14 days!

There is a ‘14-day duty’ that must be followed by foreign arrivals.

It is a 14-day self-quarantine obligation from the day you enter the airport to stop the spread of COVID-19. This obligation is part of a strengthened quarantine measure that has been implemented as the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing rapidly around the world and the number of confirmed foreign arrivals has increased recently.

In other words, from midnight, April 1st, all arrivals of Korea will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks, regardless of their point of departure and nationality.

In order to actively cooperate with government guidelines, Incheon Airport is also taking systematic measures, such as sorting out the arrivals thoroughly from the quarantine stage, and preparing walking-through stations so that they can conduct a COVID-19 diagnostic test quickly.

This posting will show you the quarantine procedures for each status and circumstances of arrivals, disadvantages in case of self-quarantine violations, and lifestyle rules to be taken into account by those subject to quarantine.

Regardless of ‘point of departure’ and ‘nationality’...All arrivals must 'self-quarantine'!

What about people with symptoms?

Regardless of whether you are a national or a foreign, you will receive a COVID-19 diagnostic test at the airport.

What about people without symptoms?

Koreans and long-term stay foreign residents in their own homes,

Short-term stay foreigners who do not receive a waiver from the Korean Embassy (or Consulate) are required to live in isolation at quarantine facilities designated by the Korean government.

If symptoms develop during isolation period, a diagnostic test will be taken.

What about quarantine exceptions?

If a short-term stay foreigner without symptoms has been issued an ‘exemption of self-quarantine’ with the validity of visit, such as for important business purposes (contracts, investment, etc.) and academic purposes (international competitions), and other public interest or humanitarian purposes, he/she will be exempted from quarantine.

More strict for arrivals from Europe!

If you arrived in Korea from Europe, you will be subject to strict quarantine. Even if without symptoms, foreigners must undergo a diagnostic test at the airport regardless of their long-term or short-term stay. Koreans are required to undergo a diagnostic test within three days of entering the country during self-quarantine

○ The Ministry of Public Administration and Security and the local government thoroughly manage Subject to self-quarantine by the mandatory installation of ‘Safety protection App for self-quarantined’

○ Self-quarantine exceptions have ‘mobile self-diagnosis app’ installed to conduct enhanced active monitoring

Crews are self-quarantine exceptions, but must install ‘mobile self-diagnosis app’.

**Cost of service expenses will be collected, *regardless if you are a national or a foreign, if a person uses quarantine facilities prepared by the state (or local government) due to inadequate self-quarantine or lack of residence.

* Short-term stay as a foreigner (B1,B2,C3,C4) (excluding self-quarantine exceptions)

**1.4 million won per person using self-quarantine for 14 days (100,000 won per day)

I'm hungry, should I go to a restaurant…? No, you have to ‘go home’ right away from the airport.

All foreign arrivals must return home directly from the airport.

Using a passenger’s own car is actively recommended, but if it is difficult, airport buses are available only for foreign arrivals.

You should be aware that from April 1st, foreign arrivals will not be able to use the airport railway. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the airport railway service is restricted to foreign arrivals, thus blocking contact with ordinary citizens.

Except for Jeju residents, foreign arrivals are restricted to domestic flights, but airport buses and KTX are available.

What are the disadvantages of self-quarantine violation?

Failure to comply with the quarantine regulations may result in up to one year in prison or up to 10 million won in fines for violating the infectious disease prevention law, and foreigners may be subject to deportation and entry bans under the Immigration Control Act.

○ Koreans: a fine up to 3 million won (from April 5th, a one-year prison term and a fine up to 10 million won)

– Not eligible for support (1,230,000 won on a 4-person basis) (Ministry of Welfare)

※ Foreign arrivals are not eligible for living support expenses

– Apply code zero to evaders (police) and review claims for damages (the Ministry of Justice)


○ Foreigner: For those who refuse to accept self-quarantine, such as absent without leave, will be ordered deportation(the Ministry of Justice)

Subject to quarantine must follow these requirements!

○ To prevent infection, you are prohibited from going outside other than the quarantine area.

○ Live alone in an independent space

○ If it is inevitable to go outside, such as for medical treatment, make sure to contact the local health center first.

○ Avoid contact, such as talking to family members or cohabitation

○ Use of personal items (personal towels, utensils, mobile phones, etc.)

○ Keeping the health regulations (keep personal hygiene thoroughly by hand washing & hand sterilizing, and use mask)

It is an ironic that on a sunny spring day you have to walk on a Gyeokridan-gil (quarantine path) instead of Gyeongridan-gil.

At times like this, we must not lose hope, and we need an optimistic realistic view. Please join forces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Incheon Airport will cheer up, too.

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  1. what about if transfer plane only we still get 14day quarantine in incheon before we go to our final destination

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