COVID-19 Arrival Info

HOT:Negative COVID-19 PCR test required for all arriving USFK Personnel

From the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, effective Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. (KST), all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure; airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result.

USFK is working with the Korean Government for clarification how this applies to USFK, but until additional information is provided, all USFK and component command travelers to South Korea must adhere to this ROK directive and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.

Personnel are advised to consult their airline regarding updated information about their travel plans and/or restrictions. Further information about COVID-19 conditions and regulations in the ROK are available on the U.S. embassy's COVID-19 website.

See the following link for additional information regarding the US Embassy health and travel alert:

Per Republic of Korea policy regarding COVID-19, non-vaccinated travelers arriving to the country will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine 14-day quarantine, whether a new arrival or returning personnel. Fully vaccinated personnel may be put into a Health Monitoring Status where they can travel from domicile to duty during the 14-day quarantine period. Fully vaccinated personnel may also engage in essential, on-post activities related to health and safety such as purchasing food and attending medical appointments. Except for direct travel to and from an off-post residence, off-post activities are prohibited during the 14-day quarantine period.

Soldiers and their dependents, whether Command Sponsored or not, are covered under the United States Forces Korea Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). The SOFA agreement also applies to Department of the Army Civilians, DODEA, AAFES and contractor personnel and family members assigned to the ROK.

Upon arrival to Incheon International Airport or Osan Air Base via Patriot Express, USFK affiliated personnel will be transported to Camp Humphreys where they will be administered a COVID-19 test by USFK medical professionals and then bused to their quarantine facility or begin their pre-travel approved Quarantine Action Plan. All USFK Personnel will receive three COVID-19 tests during the first 14 days following arrival to South Korea: 1) a Day 1 entry PCR test, 2) a Day 6/7 PCR test, and 3) a Day 12 exit PCR test. All USFK personnel must restrict their movement until they receive the results of their Day 1 test. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be transported to the USFK Isolation Facility. USFK affiliated personnel who test negative for COVID-19 upon arrival will complete a 14-day quarantine, provided their third COVID-19 test, which is administered on day twelve, comes back negative. Those who have been fully vaccinated already may be allowed into Health Monitoring Status.

If a person’s test results come back positive for COVID-19 they will be transported from their quarantine facility to the isolation facility under the care of medical professionals. People receiving medical care in the isolation facility are released after testing negative for COVID-19 twice outside a 24 hour period.

Meals are provided while in quarantine. Personnel with dependents who do not want to receive dining facility meals can order and pay for groceries from the Commissary and cook in their rooms, but must coordinate for delivery through their sponsors. Anyone may also order and pay for delivery from on-post restaurants. All deliveries will be received by the building cadre and then delivered to you. Most rooms will not have cooking utensils and quarantined personnel should work with their sponsors to obtain these items if needed. Fully vaccinated individuals in Health Monitoring Status may be allowed to leave quarantine to buy groceries at on-post stores.

Upon completion of the 14 days, and completion of all required COVID-19 tests, you are released to your unit or organization. Those moving into barracks, senior living quarters (SLQs), or on-post housing will go from quarantine to their residence. Those moving into off-base housing will move into lodging.