COVID-19 Arrival Info

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

Per Republic of Korea, all foreign passengers arriving in South Korea must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 48 hours of their departure; airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result.

Personnel are advised to consult their airline regarding updated information about their travel plans 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 links for additional information regarding the US Embassy health and travel alert:

Welcome to Korea

Per Republic of Korea policy regarding COVID-19, non-vaccinated travelers arriving to the country will undergo a mandatory quarantine period, whether a new arrival or returning personnel.

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. As of Dec. 3, 2021, all arrivals will undergo a mandatory quarantine regardless of vaccination 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.

Upon completion of the health monitoring period prescribed by inprocessing cadre, and completion of all required COVID-19 PCR 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.

Proof of Vaccination Status

Starting Jan. 3, 2022, the Republic of Korea requires individuals to be fully vaccinated and to have a booster vaccination within six months of becoming fully vaccinated in order to enter some establishments, such as restaurants and other shared facilities. Korean citizens and permanent residents demonstrate their vaccination status by inputting an individually-assigned Korean-government identification number into a mobile application called COOV. The application is displayed upon request by business owners or government authorities. The application does not accept identification numbers from other countries during the set up process. Therefore, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has made an agreement with U.S. Forces Korea to issue hard-copy documents attesting to an individual’s vaccination status. These proof of vaccination status documents, sometimes called “Attachment 49,” are available from your assigned unit or organization. See your sponsoring chain of command for more information.

To read the latest information from the KDCA, including exceptions to Korea’s rules regarding registration of COVID vaccinations obtained outside of Korea, visit the KDCA website. Select “ENG” in the top right corner for English language.