COVID-19 Updates

(Last updated on May 24, 2022)

We would like to inform you that the following rules apply when participating in the SOM 2022 for prevention of COVID-19.


The SOM 2022 organizing committee will prepare hygiene and safety measures in accordance with Korean regulations for safety and of participants and prevention of infection.


All rules and policies are subject to change as directed by local authorities.


Please read the information below carefully and prepare in advance for safe entry in Korea.

1. Quarantine

 a) From April 1st 2022, all overseas travelers who are fully vaccinated* do not need to quarantine upon arrival

      in Korea.

  * ‘Fully vaccinated’ means either:

  • A person who has received their 2nd dose (or 1st for Janssen) of a WHO-approved vaccine 14 to 180 days prior to their arrival in Korea.

  • A person who has received their booster shot (3rd dose) of a WHO-approved vaccine.

 b) The following vaccines are WHO-approved:

     Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covishield, Covaxin and COVOVAX.


 c) In order to verify whether you are ‘fully vaccinated’, you need to register your details via the

     Q-CODE (Quarantine Information Advance Input) system. Q-CODE is a system established by the Korea

     Disease Control and Prevention Agency to facilitate overseas entry procedures.

  [What do you need for the Q-Code]

  • Valid passport information

  • Valid flight booking details

  • Valid accommodation details

  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate

  • Negative result of a PCR test taken 48 hours before entry into Korea

d) From April 1st, the following three countries are excluded from quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated:

     Vietnam, Myanmar, Ukraine.

2. COVID-19 Test Result

a) Before Entering Korea

     You must take one of the two tests below and submit the negative result into the Q-Code before entering


  • A supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT, within 24 hours) taken at a hospital or clinic within 24 hours of the departure date OR

  • DNA amplification-based PCR test (RT-PCR, LAMP, TMA, SDA or NEAR, etc.) within 48 hours of the departure date

b) On Arrival

  • On arrival, we have to take a PCR test at the Incheon International Airport COVID-19 Testing Center.

  • For fully vaccinated travelers, you will be able to make an online reservation on the reservation page of the Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing Center. Onsite registration is also possible, but there may be a waiting line. For more information, please visit the Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing Center webpage.

  • After the PCR test on arrival, you may go to your hotel via public transportation. Please note that you must stay in your room until you receive a negative test result. The result will be sent by e-mail. You can also receive the result by SMS if you have a mobile phone in Korea (excluding roaming phones).

c) Stay in Korea for 7 Days and More

     If you are staying in Korea for 7 days or more, you are required to take a Rapid Antigen Test on the 6th or 7th

     day of your visit.

3. References

  a) Pre-departure Negative COVID-19 Test Result Requirement for International Arrival (From May 23, 2022)


  b) Frequently Asked Questions About Negative PCR COVID-19 Test Requirement for International Arrivals

      (From May 23, 2022) 



 c) Quarantine Management Flow Chart for Overseas Entrants (Entrants via an Airport / May 23, 2022)


d) Input Quarantine Information in Advance with QR-Code


e) Guidelines for Countries Excluded from Quarantine Exemption for the Fully Vaccinated


4. Useful Links

  • Q-Code (Quarantine Information Advance Input System) (Go to link)

  • Incheon Airport Covid-19 Testing Center (Go to link)

  • Korean Air COVID-19 Update Center (Go to link)

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19), Republic of Korea (Go to link)