COVID-19 regulations are the new normal. We know that traveling won’t be as comfortable as it used to be for the time being. When flying to South Korea or any other country, we’ll have to follow the local rules.
In the case of South Korea, the local government has implemented several protocols for visitors. The first protocol is at the airport, acting as a check gate into the territory. Foreigners will have to go through different control points. To understand these steps, Medical Avenue’s team has come up with this succinct guide for our clients traveling for medical treatment to South Korea.
Safety measures: Incheon airport arrivals
Collaboration between parties starts with trust: The Korean authorities ask foreigners arriving at Incheon Airport to dutifully fill out a “yellow form”. This form contains info about COVID-19 regulations, the port of departure and a collection of questions regarding possible symptoms. Foreigners should be aware that lying or writing misleading info can have legal consequences.
At arrival, “Korean prevention teams” ensure pens, desks, banisters, and the whole facilities are disinfected regularly. The Korean government also provides free consultations with a doctor on site. This is in case a traveler shows symptoms or feels sick. If necessary, the traveler will have to take a COVID-19 test there.
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Temperature scanners are located before passport controls. There, airport staff will help the visitor to download the “quarantine app” on their smartphones. This app has to be updated twice a day by the user. If the user fails to update his status on the app, an official might call or visit the place of stay.
Once everything has been set, an immigration officer will call your contact in South Korea (written in the “yellow form”) to verify the relationship. In the case of Medical Avenue’s clients, our team will give you all the numbers and info needed before flying to South Korea.
Mandatory 14-days quarantine
Medical Avenue’s clients (the majority) don’t have a permanent residence in South Korea. Thus, clients coming to South Korea will have to go through the mandatory 14-days quarantine at a government facility. The cost of that facility is around $80-$120 USD per day, with 3 meals included.
At the airport, once the visitors go through passport control and COVID-19 quarantine regulation’s control, they can have access to their travel bags. Going out from the airport gate, visitors CANNOT have contact with other people. Instead, they have to go through one last check up point.
At this step, foreigner travelers coming from USA, Europe and some Asian countries have to get tested (those coming from Australia and New Zealand have 3 days to get tested). The COVID-19 test takes less than 5 minutes, but the results might take a few hours. After taking the test, travelers will follow the airport staff to take assigned transportation to their quarantine facilities.
Medical Avenue’s assistance during “COVID-19 quarantine”
Medical Avenue’s team will help you during your COVID-19 quarantine period. Our medical coordinators will make sure you and your family have all the basic needs covered. Our team will also be reachable 24/7 in case of an emergency. Although we cannot meet you in person, we will be available by phone. We will assist you with arrangements to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
We understand that it is not easy to travel in this current circumstances. Moreover, we know clients with an underlying disease are clearly in a delicate situation. Unfortunately, we need to follow these rules while trying our best to offer our services to all of you in need. For now, we ask for your trust and patience. If you need to urgently come to South Korea, we are ready to help you!
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