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South Korea

Recovery Rank for 184 countries/regions

COVID-19 Recovery Rating

5

Recovery Index
80.84
(Out of 100)



(100 = Best, 0 = Worst)

COVID-19 Severity Rating

1

Severity Index
13.31
(Out of 100)



(0 = Best, 100 = Worst)

Stringency Rating

60.87

(100 = Strictest Measures, 0 = No Measures)


Population
51,606,633

(High Density)


GNI per capita (US$)

30620

(High income)
5 Countries who have made the most progress in
curtailing the spread of the pandemic and can be
used as examples of best practices (Relative Rating)

4
3
2 Countries who are struggling to cope with the crisis
and who may need to consider maintaining stringent
non-pharmaceutical measures (Relative Rating)
1
1 Countries who are coping with the crisis with a low percentage
of infections and resulting deaths per population
(Relative Rating)
2
3 Countries who may be overwhelmed by the crisis with a high
percentage of infections and resulting deaths per population
(Relative Rating)
4
5

Travel Advisory


1. Short-term visas (type C-1 and C-3) issued on or before 5 April are no longer valid.

2. Visa exemptions for 90 nationalities with a normal passport are temporarily suspended.

- This does not apply to airline crew.

- This does not apply to passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card.

3. Korean visas issued by the Wuhan Consulate in the Hubei Province are no longer valid.

4. Visitors who have been in the Hubei Province (China People\'s Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).

5. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) with a passport issued in the Hubei Province are not allowed to transit or enter Korea (Rep.).

6. Passengers arriving from China (People\'s Rep) must have a visa issued by Korea (Rep.) to transit through Korea (Rep.).

- This does not apply to nationals of Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Ireland (Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Palau, San Marino, Slovenia, St.
Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA, Vatican City (Holy See) and Venezuela.

- This does not apply to passengers with a British passport.

- This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, consular, official, service or special passport.

7. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days and to a PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

- This does not apply to nationals of China (People\'s Rep.) traveling on business under the Fast Lane program and their accompanying family members. They must:

- self-monitor their health conditions minimum 14 days before departure and hold a medical certificate to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued at most 72
hours before departure, and

- be tested on Coronavirus (COVID-19) upon arrival. They must stay at designated quarantine facilities for 1 or 2 days until a negative test result is obtained.

8. Nationals and residents of Korea (Rep.) are required to install \'Self-quarantine safety protection mobile app\'.

9. Passengers and airline crew must install \'Self-diagnosis Mobile App\' in their personal device and a completed Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form
must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.

10. All flights must arrive at Incheon International Airport (ICN) between 5:00 and 20:00.

11. Passengers with a Re-Entry Permit issued by Korea (Rep.) who left Korea (Rep.) after 1 June 2020 must have a medical certificate.

The certificate must:

- be issued by a local authorized medical institute at most 48 hours before departure; and

- be written in English or Korean; and

- include the date of examination, and the presence or absence of fever, cough, chills, headache, difficulty of breathing, muscle pain and pulmonary symptoms; and

- be signed by a medical examiner.

- This does not apply to passengers with status Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) or Overseas Korean (F-4).

12. Nationals of Mongolia are not allowed to transit if they depart from Mongolia or travel onward to Mongolia.

13. Nationals of Russian Fed. are not allowed to transit if they depart from Russian Fed. or travel onward to Russian Fed.

14. Nationals of Thailand are not allowed to transit if they depart from Thailand or travel onward to Thailand.

15. Passengers with a visa on an expired passport must present a printed "Visa Grant Notice" and the expired passport to the immigration upon arrival.

16. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Philippines or Uzbekistan in the past 14 days must have a medical certificate with a negative
Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate must be in English.

- This does not apply to nationals of Korea (Rep.).

17. Merchant seamen with a visa must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 48 hours before departure. The certificate
must be in English and the passengers must have two copies of the certificate.

Travel Advisory information provided and published with permission by IATA.


South Korea Infection Trend


How can you tell if a curve is really flattening?

The number of daily confirmed cases has been used as an estimation of how severe the COVID-19 situation is in a given country. However, we’ve found that focusing on the country’s cumulative number of active cases gives a clearer picture of whether the infection curve is flattening.


Countries with Similar Characteristics


This table is generated by a GCI-developed tool to match countries based on their similar characteristics such as population, population density, income and climate.

South Korea 80.84 51,606,633 High Density High income < 10 deg
Country Recovery Index Population Density GNI per capita Average Temperature since First Case (Celsius) Match%
United Kingdom 65.25 66,460,344 High Density High income < 10 deg 100%
Vietnam 63.06 95,540,395 High Density Lower middle income 21-25 deg 60%


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