Traveling to the Republic of Korea
Visa waiver agreement (entry into force 13.04.2020 00h00 CET)
Korean authorities have informed us that the visa waiver agreement that allowed visa-free entry to the Republic of Korea for Swiss and Liechtenstein citizens will no longer be in force effective 13 April 00h00 CET. As a consequence, Swiss and Liechtenstein citizens will need a visa to enter the Republic of Korea.
K-ETA application before entering South Korea (pilot project until end of August 2021, launch in full scale starting September 2021)
Swiss nationals, who wish to enter Korea for important business purposes (participation in events or meetings) can apply for a visa at the Korean Embassy or apply for K-ETA through the website
New regulations regarding re-entry Permits to Korea for long-term visa holders of Korea (entry into force 1.6.2020 00h00 CET)
Please visit the following websites to be updated:
Special entry procedures adopted by the government of the Republic of Korea (entry into force 12.06.2020 00h00 CET)
- At the immigration, Travelers with symptoms will be tested.
- If positive, isolation and treatment at a hospital or treatment center
- If negative, self-quarantine for 14 days at home or facility for short-term travelers
- Travelers without symptoms will be tested.
- Long term (living in Korea): self-quarantine for 14 days, testing within 24hours
- Short term (not living in Korea): testing at the entry point right after their arrival or at a government-designated facility within 24hours, quarantine at the government-designated facility
- If positive, admitted to hospital or treatment center.
All in-bound travelers are required to download the Self-Quarantine Safety and Protection App on their smartphone. In case travelers violate the self-quarantine order and leave the designated location without justifiable reasons, they may be subject to fine or deportation.
A negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result is required for all foreigners entering the ROK (entry into force 8.1.2021 KST for airports and 15.1.2021 KST for ports)
Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced that all foreign nationals must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result to enter the country, starting from January 8th, 12:00 am, for airports, and January 15th, 12:00 am, for ports. This measure is part of the government’s response to the emergence of a mutated COVID-19 strain. The details are as below:
- The certificate must be issued within 72 hours of departure.
- This measure also applies to holders of A1 (diplomatic), A2 (official) and A3 (treaties) visas.
- Infants and children under the age of 6 (as of the entry date) are exempted from submitting a test result certificate.
- For a list of designated hospitals and medical institutions, please check with the Korean embassy from the country of departure.
- The original test certificate (copies are not accepted) in English or in Korean must mention the negative PCR result. If the test certificate is not issued in English or Korean, a certified translation must be submitted.
- The certificate must be carried on the traveler’s person and presented before boarding the plane. Non-compliance will result in boarding being denied.
- The mandatory two-week quarantine for all inbound travelers is still effective.
- The above measure is not related to visa issuance.
- Passengers transiting in Korea without entry are not required to show their test result certificate when boarding an aircraft and they are allowed to transit in Korea without the certificate.
PCR Negative Result must include the following information:
Name on your passport
Date of birth and/or passport number or ID card number
Type of test(PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA, NEAR etc.) and test results
*Antigen antibody test such as RAT, ELISA is NOT acceptable
Date of test and date of issuance
Name of the examination facility
* Not accepted as PDF file or email. It must be a physical document.
Non-exhaustive list of COVID-19 PCR centers in Switzerland
1) Zürich Airport > Covid Testing centers
2) Basel-Mulhouse Airport > Covid Testing centers
3) Genève Airport > Covid Testing centers
4) Test centers in other cities in Switzerland can be found on the cantonal websites
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