Current Korean travel restrictions
South Korea recently tightened travel restrictions due to a spike in COVID cases thanks to the very contagious Omicron variant. Inbound passengers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before departure. These changes are in effect until February 6 as Korean authorities anticipated a Lunar New Year spike.
Visitations at nursing homes have been banned while train operators may only sell limited tickets. Dine-in services at highway rest stops are prohibited while ferries are only allowed 50% of their capacity. Inbound travelers to South Korea must also use their own vehicle or designated buses, trains, or taxis instead of public transport to reach their residence upon arrival from January 20.
Facemasks are still mandatory in public places, indoor public areas, and public transport. Gatherings nationwide are limited to six people. Most entertainment facilities and dine-in venues must close by 9 pm. Venues and recreational establishments like casinos are open but must close by 10 pm. Most schools can only function at two-thirds capacity.