Filipino travelers to South Korea needs to secure a test result showing that you are free from COVID-19 before you can get a nod to board your flight.
Starting July 20, travelers coming from the Philippines going to South Korea needs to present a negative test result for COVID-19 using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The Korean embassy says that “recently, there have been many cases in which COVID-19 has been confirmed among those who entered Korea on board an airplane from the Philippines.”
“The South Korean government decided to require all foreigners (including transfer passengers) arriving in South Korea from July 20 to present a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result issued within 48 hours before flight departure time,” they added.
The said test result must first be presented by the passenger during check-in and their arrival in Korea. For instance, those travelers with a flight departing on July 20, at 11:55PM must present a COVID-19 negative test result between July 19 and 20.
The test results must also be from an accredited hospital in the Philippines such as Makati Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, Baguio Medical Center, The Medical City, PRI Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines and The Medical City in Clark.
“The above measures are not related to visa issuance, so even though you have already received a visa, you have to take an additional COVID-19 PCR Test before your flight,” says the Korean Embassy adding that they “will stop accepting new visa applications at the Korean Embassy in the Philippines until further notice, and we will also stop processing visa applications that have already been received prior to this announcement.” Exceptions to these are visa under diplomatic, spouse, child, official and seamen.
“Any short-stay visa holder is required to go to the government isolation center for their quarantine period when entering the country (although the spouse of Korean citizens may transfer from the government facility to their personal homes for self-isolation). Also, the spouses with short-term visas may not change their visa status to the Marriage Immigrant visa (F-6) while in Korea.”
A short-term stay visa has been suspended since April 5.
“However, if the suspension of validity is removed, it can be used until the expiration date. Please apply for a new visa in order to enter South Korea during the period of validity suspension,” says the Embassy.