Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before the visitation. For nationals in countries eligible for visa-free entry to Korea, one must obtain K-ETA. This is a new measure put in force in Oct. 2021. Please make sure to check whether you need a Korean visa or K-ETA.

※ Starting July 1st 2020, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK) issues a Confirmation of Visa Issuance in place of a visa label as an entry permit into Korea.

Example of Confirmation of Visa Issuance

Countries under Visa Waiver Agreement

Please visit the Korea Visa Portal website, or contact your local Korean Embassy for accurate visa information, as rules and regulations vary depending on the country you’re coming from.

The Korean government may have suspended visa exemptions and visa-free entry for foreign nationals in some countries due to Covid-19. Therefore, all individuals in those countries may be required to apply for a visa before travel even though they were previously eligible for visa-free travel to Korea. The list of countries affected by this measure can vary at any time with changes in Covid-19 circumstances; please make sure to check the up-to-date entry requirements before leaving for Korea.

If you need a letter of invitation for participating in APHC 2023, please email APHC 2023 Secretariat at
※ The APHC 2023 Organizing Committee issues invitation letter only to paper presenters or authors who have completed the registration along with the payment process.

K-ETA(Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)

K-ETA is mandatory for nationals or citizens of 112 countries/regions, where visa-free entry is available.

Apply for K-ETA

For more detailed information, please refer to the official K-ETA website.

Q-CODE (recommendation)

Before entering Korea, registering Q-CODE is recommended as a support program designed to provide rapid quarantine services to those entering Korea.

As with many other places around the world, the local situation and rules in Seoul, Korea regarding Covid-19 keep changing, so please stay vigilant and updated with the latest information.(as of January 3, 2023)

Required documents and preparation for entering Korea

[UPDATED] Effective January 7, 2023, all passengers entering the Republic of Korea from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, or Macau must provide proof of a negative PCR test or antigen test conducted within 48 prior to departure.
Effective January 2, 2023, all travelers arriving from China must then take a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival to Korea. If the arrival test is positive, they will be quarantined in Korea for seven days. In addition, the Republic of Korea will restrict the number of short-term visas granted to visitors from China until February 28th, 2023.

※ Information on this website is for reference only. Please refer to airlines notices, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency COVID-19 website, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Safety website or diplomatic offices website for more information.

Before boarding for Korea K-ETA
K-ETA is mandatory for nationals from visa-free countries who enter Korea without a visa.
Negative Test Certificate
Passengers from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) must provide proof of a negative PCR test (conducted within 48 hours prior to departure) or antigen test (conducted within 24 hours prior to departure)
System users are not required to submit a health status questionnaire or a special quarantine report (verified by the system) except for those from the People’s Republic of China.
Q-Code System Manual Video
Arriving at Korea Passengers from the People’s Republic of China must take a PCR test within 1 day arriving in Korea and have to quarantine until a negative result is announced. COVID-19 Testing at Incheon Airport
Departing from Korea Please check all details before taking the departure flight from Korea. COVID-19 Entry restriction

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