Travel Regulations and Arriving in Korea on a Short-Term Visa from Australia

Following the recent removal of quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers to Korea, the AKBC are excited for Australian businesses to visit Korea for in person business dealings. To help facilitate this exchange, the AKBC, with the help of our members, have compiled some steps to take pre-departure and upon arrival in Korea.

This information is accurate at time of publication, but be sure to keep up to date with the latest travel advisory and regulations from the Korean Government, Incheon Airport, and Australia’s Smartraveller.

  1. Register for a K-ETA. This must be applied for at least 72 hours before your flight, and is valid for two years. The application does require an accurate address in Korea, so be sure to confirm this before applying.
  2. Get a PCR test in your home country 48 hours before departure. Save the results and print two copies.
  3. Generate a Q-code by uploading your vaccination certificate (confirming three doses or less than 180 days since your second dose) and your negative PCR result at the Q-code website. You can access this on your smartphone, although it is recommended that you do print a copy.
  4. Make a booking for an on-arrival PCR test at Incheon Airport. If you are arriving at Terminal One, it is suggested to go to the East testing centre. Pre-registration is not mandatory; however, you can save time by booking at Safe2GoPass.
  5. On the plane you will receive four printed forms. Complete all, and an accurate address in Korea will be needed. Do note that the forms refer to downloading the Self-Check Quarantine App, but this is no longer required if you’re fully vaccinated and have a Q-code.
  6. Upon disembarkation, passengers will be split into two queues – Q-code holders and non-Q-code holders. Have your Q-code ready to be allowed into the correct queue.
  7. At the first counter, your Q-code will be scanned as well as your vaccination certificate, passport and negative PCR result.
  8. Your passport and immigration forms may be checked again at the immigration counter.
  9. Head to the airport COVID testing centre and show your reservation if you pre-registered. Otherwise, a staff member will enter all your details with you.
  10. Pay KRW80,000 (credit cards accepted) for the PCR test. Results are estimated to take 3~4 hours, but you are allowed to use public transport to reach your final destination. You must self-isolate at your lodging until you receive your negative test result.
  11. You must do a rapid antigen test on day 6 or 7. These self-administered tests are available at convenience stores or pharmacies. Reporting your result to the government is only necessary if it is positive.

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Australia Korea Business Council
PO Box 24430
Melbourne, Vic 3001 Australia
Liz Griffin – Executive Director

The Australia-Korea Business Council is the leading national body committed to strengthening the Australia-Korea economic relationship.