Covid-19

This page will be updated with the most current Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea


South Korea will lift a seven-day quarantine requirement for unvaccinated arrivals from June 8

Pre-Departure COVID-19 PCR/RAT NEGATIVE Test
You MUST prepare a COVID-19 NEGATIVE test certificate to board the flights to South Korea.
PCR (within 48hrs of the departure date) or Supervised RAT (within 24hrs of the departure date)

Arrival COVID-19 PCR Test
If you plan to attend the GSM the next day of your entry to South Korea, you are advised to take the Arrival COVID-19 (PCR) Test at the Incheon Airport Test Center upon arrival. Then, you will receive the test result by the following day.
You can proceed to your hotel in Seoul on the day that you arrive from the airport (using public transportation such as trains, subways, taxis, etc.).
You are under self-quarantine and NOT allowed to exit your room until the release of the negative test result. (With the exception of traveling from the airport to your accommodation or PCR testing center)

Mandatory wearing of the mask
- Every indoor (including transportation)
- Outdoor public facilities with more than 50 people / difficult to maintain at least 1m distance

When you show symptoms of COVID-19
Do not come to the event and stay isolated in your hotel room.
Wear a mask at all times and avoid any forms of contact with others.
Conduct a COVID-19 self-test (can be purchased at convenience stores).
If the result of your self-test is POSITIVE, please report it by calling 1339 / 1330 / 1345. Then, you will be advised to go to the public health center to conduct the supervised RAT/PCR test.

When confirmed POSITIVE from the official PCR/RAT test
You will receive further instructions from the public health center where you got tested.
You will be instructed to go through a 7-days quarantine at a designated facility.
Health Treatment Cost in South Korea for foreign visitors:
The subsidy amount (Full / Partial / None) for treatment costs depends on your nationality based on the Principle of Reciprocity.
Health insurance
You are recommended to purchase travel insurance in your country that covers the COVID-19-related costs before coming to Korea.
 
What is the method of exemption from isolation requirement (manual monitoring)?
Make sure to undergo diagnostic examination during manual monitoring.
 
1) Receive PCR test within 3 days of entry.
(Korean and long-term stay foreigner) Public health clinic with jurisdiction over residence
(Short-term stay foreigner) COVID-19 screening center at Incheon International Airport or medical institution near place of accommodation (cost to be borne by the corresponding person)
 
2) Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) recommended on the 6th ~ 7th day after entry. 
(RAT method) Self-screening or visit medical institution (if the self-test result is positive, visit a public health center)
However, arrivals over the age of 60 years can undergo PCR test at public health clinic or screening center
 
Please comply with infection prevention rules during manual monitoring period.
Within three days of entering the country, you must remain at home or in your lodging (refrain from leaving) until your PCR test result is confirmed to be negative
 
Check your health conditions in the morning and evening every day for 7 days and visit nearest medical institute if there are suspicious symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever and coughing, etc. Please refrain from going out, including personal gathering and visiting high-risk facilities, etc.
When going out, make sure to wear KF94 (or equivalent rated) mask.

Latest updates on COVID-19 entry regulations can be found here.
http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en
https://www.airport.kr/ap_cnt/en/svc/covid19/quaranti/quarantine.do


Latest updates on COVID-19 in Korea can be found here.
http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/bdBoardList.do?brdId=16&brdGubun=161&dataGubun=&ncvContSeq=&contSeq=&board_id=&gubun= 

 

Entry requirements

Please check whether you are eligible for an electronic travel authorization (K-ETA) or a visa waiver here- https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/guide/viewetaalification.do. If not, for all visa applications, please contact your nearest Embassy of the Republic of Korea to apply for a visa.

The LOC will provide a letter in support of visa applications to all registered participants.

 

Korean Visa Portal Website

https://www.visa.go.kr/main/openMain.do

If you need an invitation letter for your visa application please contact us ASAP at gsm22@noirlab.edu

 

Conference Refund and Cancellation Policy

Gemini Observatory hopes everyone who registers for the conference will be able to attend; however, we know extenuating circumstances do occur. The Gemini Observatory Science Meeting Cancellation and Refund Policies are as follows:

  • Registrants will have the option to change their registration from in-person to remote attendance and vice-versa until Friday, June 24, 2022.
  • In the event Gemini Observatory must cancel the Science Meeting due to unforeseen circumstances or COVID restrictions, all registrants will only be charged the virtual registration fee and refunded the remaining amount.

For questions, please contact gsm22@noirlab.edu

Note that there will be no on-site registration for this event.