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[Travel to South Korea]
From 1 June, foreign nationals residing in South Korea on most types of long-term visas will need to apply for a re-entry permit before undertaking any travel out of South Korea. If you leave without a re-entry permit, you'll need to apply for a new long-term visa before you can return. A-1, A-2 , A-3 and F-4 visa holders are exempt from these measures.
All arrivals in South Korea are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. If you don’t have accommodation, you must stay in government run facilities at your expense. You may also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Limited exemptions to self-quarantine requirements are available and must be issued prior to entry. Contact the nearest Embassy of South Korea to apply. Violation of notice to self-quarantine can result in sentences of up to one year, fines of 10,000,000KRW or deportation.
From 13 April 2020, South Korea’s visa on arrival program will no longer be available to Australians. To enter South Korea, you must apply for a visa before you arrive. Contact the nearest South Korean embassy or consulate before you travel. Transit without a visa is still permitted.
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[Travel to Australia]
The Australian Prime Minister has announced a travel ban to apply from 9pm Sydney time, Friday 20 March on all non-Australian citizens and non-permanent residents from entering Australia. All Australians – citizens, permanent residents and immediate family will still be able to return to Australia. Immediate family members of citizens and residents must apply for a travel exemption. You can apply for an exemption at Department of Home Affairs COVID-19 enquiry form.
All travellers arriving in Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.
For more information on travel restrictions, visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs.
For more information
Useful links from local Korean outlets:
- Korean Government COVID-19 Test at no cost available to all foreign residents and irregular residents.
- Korean Government Social Distancing Guidelines
- Korean Government COVID-19 Code of Conduct
- Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC)
- Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare
- Seoul Global Cultural Center (also accessible via Facebook)
- Itaewon Global Village (with daily COVID-19 updates on Facebook)
- Southwest Global Center, Yeonnam Global Village, Yeoksam Global Village, Seorae Global Village, Ichon Global Village and Seongbuk Global Village are also worth following for neighbourhood-specific updates
- Yonhap News
Visa and Citizenship Information
Australian Embassy, Republic of Korea
Australians travelling or living in Korea are urged to subscribe to the travel advice on Smartraveller. This helps us to contact you in an emergency, provide travel advisory updates on Korea and details of elections.
Latest News and Events
- Information about the bushfires in Australia
- [Media Release] Australia-ROK Hydrogen Cooperation Seminar
- [Media Release] Australia-Republic of Korea Foreign and Defence Ministers' Meeting
- Changes to Smartraveller: What you need to know (updated 23 Sep 2019)
- [Media Release] Sixth Australia-ROK Strategic Dialogue
- Insights - Connecting Australian business to the world
- Business Envoy October 2018 - Korea edition
- Release of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Utilisation Study
- [Publication] – Partnering with Australia on Innovation Science and Research
Speeches and Statements
- Speech by Australian Ambassador - 2019 Australia Day - "Australian Open" in Seoul
- Speech by Australian Ambassador - 2018 Energy Strategy Forum (20 June)
- Speech by Australian Ambassador - Institute for National Security Strategy (18 April 2018)
- Congratulatory remarks by Australian Ambassador - 6th Seoul International Food Forum (12 April 2018)
Services for Australians
- Australian Passports Services
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- Notarial Services by Mail (Apostille/Authentication/Certified copy only)
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