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Feb. 14, 2020
Guidelines after visiting an area affected with Coronavirus disease 19(COVID-19) within the last 14 days

If you visited China or an area that is affected with Coronavirus disease 19 within the last 14 days, please follow the below guidelines.

  1. Pay careful attention to fever or any respiratory symptoms, such as cough, or sore throat, for 14 days upon arrival, and observe the infectious disease prevention guidelines such as handwashing or coughing etiquette.
  2. If fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough, or sore throat appear within 14 days, do not go out and make sure to consult with ‘1339 Call center’ first.
    Foreign language assistance is available.
  3. According to 1339 Call Center’s instructions, you must wear a mask and visit the medical institution where the selected clinic is operating.
    Inform your travel history to the medical staff.
  4. You can receive information on the nearest selected clinic from 1339 Call Center.
    Korean speakers can easily check the location of selected clinics on Coronavirus disease 19 official homepage (http://ncov.mohw.go.kr).
    You can also search ’Selected Clinic’ on Kakao Map, Tmap, etc. to locate the nearest selected clinic.
Subject of Coronavirus disease 19 diagnostic test

Diagnostic test is conducted on patients that correspond to KCDC’s definition.

  1. Anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.)
    within 14 days after visiting China.
  2. Anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.)
    within 14 days after coming in close contact with a diagnosed patient who had symptoms.
  3. Anyone suspicious of Coronavirus disease 19 according to physician’s opinion.
    • Anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.) within 14 days after traveling countries affected by Coronavirus Disease 19.
    • Hospitalized patient with unspecified pneumonia whose travel history to China, etc. is verified
    • Diagnostic test can be conducted on anyone with respiratory symptoms who did not travel to China upon physician’s judgment.
Information on Special Entry Procedure

Government of Republic of Korea is enforcing ‘special entry procedure’ at all airports and ports starting February 4, 2020. Special entry procedure refers to allowing entry after verifying the residence and actual contact number in Korea for all Koreans and foreigners arriving from China at the separate arrival hall for China departure.

Special entry procedure is applied to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau as of February 12.
Subjects of special entry are granted entry after verifying a visit to Hubei, as well as actual contact number and address in Korea.
Subjects of special entry must enter suspicious symptoms of infectious disease, such as fever, cough, sore throat, etc., once a day in the mobile self-diagnosis app for maximum 14 days.
Entrants that checked suspicious symptoms are provided with 1339 information, and if suspicious symptoms appear for 2 consecutive days, the entrant’s information is transferred to the local government with jurisdiction for more intensive management including information of selected clinics.

Recommendation to minimize overseas traveling

In accordance with Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel warning system, Korea recommended evacuation from Hubei region in China, and issued a warning to refrain from traveling to other regions of China (including Hong Kong and Macau).

In addition, Korea’s COVID-19 Central Emergency Headquarters recommended on February 11, 2020 to minimize traveling and visiting part of regions where patients were diagnosed.
As of February 9, 2020, the 6 regions are Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan.

If you are visiting areas with diagnosed patients, please follow the infections disease prevention guidelines while traveling, and refrain from highly concentrated places.
Areas where patients were diagnosed in are Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, USA, Germany, France, England, Australia, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, UAE, etc.

Infection disease prevention guidelines
when visiting regions with diagnosed patients

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with a soap in running water.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Please observe coughing etiquette if you experience respiratory symptoms such as cough.
    • Wear a mask when visiting highly concentrated places, especially medical institutions.
    • If you don’t have a mask, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when coughing.
    • If you covered your mouth and nose with tissue, don’t forget to wash hands after discarding the tissue
  • Do not touch eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
  • Avoid contact with anyone that has a fever or coughs.
  • Eat cooked food.
  • Do not visit markets that sells animals or touch raw meat.
  • Do not touch sick animals.