1. Are negative PCR Negative Certificates issued in any languages other than Korean or English
o No. In principle, it must be issued either in Korean or English.
o However, if the certificate is issued in a third language, a translated version in either Korean or English, and
a notarial certificate for the translation must be provided.
*E.g. Translation certification issued by a notary organization in the country of departure, etc.
2. What is the recognized examination range when submitting a “PCR Negative Certificate”?
o Only Real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction will be accepted.
3. What is the valid standard time for the PCR negative test certificate to be issued?
o The test result certificate must be issued within 72 hours before the departure date.
※ Example: when boarding an airplane departing on January 10th at 10:00 a.m., only certificates issued after
January 7th, 00:00 a.m., are accepted
4. If the flight itinerary is ‘Country A -> Country B -> Arrival in Korea', should the certificate be
issued at Country A or B?
o If you transfer a flight from A to B without entering Country B before heading to Korea, the certificate must
be issued at Country A.
o If you transfer a flight from A to B and enter Country B before heading to Korea, the certificate must be
issued at Country B.
5. Are non-Korean national passengers transiting in Korea without entry and heading to a third
country required to submit a "PCR negative test certificate" (Country A -> Korea -> Country B)?
o No. Non-Korean national passengers transiting in Korea without entry and heading to a third country are
exempted from submitting a "PCR negative test certificate"
6. If a "PCR negative certificate" was received online via email, etc., how should it be submitted
and is it recognized when entering Korea?
o The printed copy must be submitted for the National Quarantine Service authorities to verify the negative
PCR test result in detail.
o The certificate result should include the name (written as the same as the information on the passport), test
name, test result, issuance date, etc.
7. What happens if one arrives in Korea without a "PCR negative certificate"?
o Foreigners who fail to submit a certificate will be denied entry (common for all other countries)
o Koreans entering the country from the UK or South Africa will be isolated in a temporary quarantine facility
for two weeks. The facility usage expense of 1,680,000won per person is burdened by the individual.
8. Are only "PCR negative certificates" issued by the designated test institution in the country
o Among the countries in which reinforced quarantine measures are being implemented (as of January 7th),
travelers coming from the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, and Nepal must submit a negative
PCR test issued by the designated test institution in the country. (Refer to local official website)
o Travelers coming from other countries can submit certificates issued by a non-designated test institution
available in the local area.