COVID-19

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COVID-19

This is useful infromation related with Covid- 19.
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1. Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Facility Quarantine Instructions for Quarantine Subjects in Temporary Living Facilities

1. To prevent transmission of COVID-19, travelers entering Korea after 00:00, April 1st, 2020 (Korea Standard time) are subject to quarantine for 14 days from the entry date in accordance with relevant laws including the Quarantine Act.

2. Foreign nationals for short-term stay without a confirmed address in Korea are subject to quarantine for 14 days at a facility designated by the Korean Government.    
* You shall not leave the facility during the quarantine period for any reason other than being transferred to a hospital after being tested positive, leaving for home quarantine, and voluntarily leaving the country due to personal affairs (airplane ticket needed to be reserved). (If you leave the facility earlier for such reasons, you will get a refund for the remaining days, but cancellation fees will be charged.)

3.  Students in self-quarantine should stay in the room for 14 days and are not allowed to meet others or go out.

4. During your stay in the temporary living facility, you shall record your symptoms (fever, cough, dyspnoea, etc.) every day on the “Self-Diagnosis Mobile App” provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. An assigned officer will monitor the results submitted via the app.

5. You will be tested, free of charge, if you develop any symptom that may indicate infection of COVID-19. Please promptly inform the staff or assigned officer if you develop symptoms such as fever or cough. Please be noted that even if you are tested negative, you can only leave the facility after 14 days.

6. If you develop a symptom or need help, please call the staff using your mobile phone or the phone in your room.

7. The facility is a non-smoking area, Drinking is prohibited.

8. Please consult medical personnel before taking a medicine that may affect symptoms of COVID-19 (cold medicine, fever reducer, pain reliever, etc.)

9. If you are taking medicine for an underlying disease, please ask the needed medicine. (blood pressure medicine, diabetes medicine, etc.)

10. General trash should be put in a bag, tied up, and stored in the room for 14 days.

11. Please cut the food waste and dispose of it in the toilet.

12. Wash your personal items by hand in the individual bathroom.

13. If you violate quarantine regulations, including leaving the facility without permission, you may be sentenced to up to a year in prision or fined up to KRW 10 million in accordance with Article 39 of the Quarantine Act or Article 79-3 of the Infectious Disease Control And Prevention Act. If you interfere with a public official and a medical staff in the execution of their legitimate duties, or assault or intimidate them, you may be sentenced to up to five years in prison  or fined up to KRW 10 million in accordance with Article 136(1) of the Criminal Act.

14. In case of foreign nationals violoating quarantine regulations, they may be deported under Article 46 of the Immigration Act and may be banned from re-entry under Article 11 of the Act.

15. Please be noted that you shall compensate for any damage to the facility or its equipment.

2. Self-Waste Treatment Guidelines

3. COVID-19 Response

Korean government’s response system

Since raising the country’s Crisis Alert Level to the highest (Level 4)in February 23, 2020, the Korean government has assembled the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters headed by the Prime Minister to bolster government-wide responses to COVID-19. Given the specialty and expertise required in infectious disease response, the Central Disease Control Headquarters(KCDC, Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) serves as the command center of the prevention and control efforts. The Vice Head 1 of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, who also serves as the Head of the Central Disaster Management Headquarters (Minister of Health andWelfare), assists the Central Disease Control Headquarters (Head: Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The Minister of Interior and Safety, head of the Pan-government Countermeasures Support Headquarters,assumes Vice Head 2 of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters to provide necessary assistance such as coordination between the central and local governments. Each local government establishes Local Disaster and Safety Management Headquarters led by the heads of the local governments to secure an adequate number of Infectious Disease Hospitals and beds. If the countermeasure required is beyond the capacity of local governments, the central government may support necessary resources including beds, personnel,and supplies

4. Preventing the inflow and spread of the virus

Preventing importation of the virus through border screening
Special Entry Procedure (as of March 19, 2020)

The Korean government introduced an entry ban on foreign nationals from Hubei Province, strengthened visa screening of travelers from China and Japan, and designated China (including Hong Kong,Macau), Italy, and Iran as ‘quarantine inspection required areas’, to tighten screening of travelers from these countries.

In particular, from February 4, 2020, the Korean government applied the Special Entry Procedure to all travelers from China, and expanded the procedure to be applied to travelers from Hong Kong and Macau (February 12), Japan (March 9), Italy and Iran (March 12), five major European countries (France, Germany, Spain, U.K., and Netherlands; March 15),the entire European continent (March 16), and all parts of the world (March 19).

Furthermore, from March 19, all inbound travelers (Korean and foreign nationals) receive temperature screening and fill out the Health Questionnaire and Special Quarantine Declaration in accordance with the Special Entry Procedure. All travelers subject to the special procedure are allowed to enter the nation after their contact information and address of residence in Korea is verified. They are also required to install either the“Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App” or “Self-Diagnosis App” on their phones to monitor if they show symptoms that indicate infection of COVID-19 such as fever during their stay in Korea. All inbound travelers must install either of the two applications, to check their health status and record if they develop any symptom on a daily basis for 15 days beginning from the day of arrival. In addition, the list of incoming travelers is provided to each local government(city or province) in an effort to strengthen the monitoring system.

Self-health check symptoms: fever (37.5 or higher) or feverish feeling, cough, sore throat, respiratory difficulties or breathlessness


In light of the increasing number of confirmed cases especially among inbound travelers, from 00:00, April 1 all travelers entering Korea are subject to a 14-day quarantine from the day after arrival.

※ For example, a traveler who arrives on April 1st are placed under self-quarantine.Since the date of arrival is considered as the last point of exposure, the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period begin on April 2nd and end at 24:00 on April 15th In addition, from 00:00 on April 13, inbound travelers from the U.S. (Korean nationals and foreign-nationals on long-term visas) are subject to self-quarantine and must receive diagnostic tests withinthree days of their quarantine period.

Symptomatic travelers
All travelers entering Korea (both Korean and foreign nationals) are tested if they exhibit fever or respiratory symptom identified at entry screening. Travelers who test positive for COVID-19 are transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center. Korean nationals or foreign nationals on long-term visas who test negative are placed under self-quarantine (14 days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App to be installed) and foreign nationals on short-term visas are placed under quarantine at facilities (14 days, Self-Diagnosis App to be installed).

Asymptomatic travelers
Asymptomatic Korean and foreign nationals from Europe and the U.S. on long-term visas are subject to self-quarantine (14days, Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App to be installed) and tested at apublic health center within three days of arrival. Asymptomatic Korean nationals and foreign nationals on long-term visas from countries other than the U.S. and European countries are subject to self-quarantine (14 days,Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App to be installed) and tested at a public health center within 14days.

Asymptomatic foreign nationals from Europe and the US on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days,Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App and Self-Diagnosis App to be installed).Asymptomatic foreign nationals from countries other than the US and European countries on short-term visas are subject to facility quarantine (14 days,Self-Diagnosis App to be installed) and tested at a public health clinic within 14 days.

Travelers exempt from quarantine—those holding A1 (Diplomat) or A2 (Government official) visas or Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by the Korean Embassy or Consulate General prior to the entry—receive tests and wait for the results at a temporary screening facility.If they test negative, they are subject to active monitoring for 14 days from the day of arrival by installing the Self-Diagnosis App of the Ministry of Health and Welfare
For inbound travelers, testing and treatment expenses are covered by the Korean government but livelihood support are not provided.

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, etc.

※ Travelers will receive assistance to install either the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App or Self-Diagnosis App before departure or while waiting for Special Entry Procedures.

Border screening procedures for inbound travelers (from 00:00, May 15) - Symptomatic
Border screening procedures for inbound travelers (from 00:00, May 15) - Asymptomatic
※ Quarantine period:Quarantined until 24:00 on the 14th day of arrival (date of arrival+14 days)
(For example, a traveler who arrives on April 1 is issued a notice of self-quarantine until 24:00 on April 15, when 14 days have elapsed)
Providing medical institutions with access to overseas travel histories
The Korean government allows medical institutions to access overseas travel history of patients through the system that checks health insurance eligibility of patients, International Traveler Information System (ITS), and Drug Utilization Review (DUR).