A few months ago, almost 80% of South Korean citizens had been fully vaccinated, and with the country’s “Living with COVID-19” policy, vaccine certificates have become an important ticket back to normalcy. Now, South Korean health authorities said that even foreigners will be given Korea vaccines and booster shots against COVID-19 after admitting they were fully vaccinated abroad. Ziptoss is a Korean real estate company that provides good housing options so that foreigners can have a suitable living space in Korea. Ziptoss helps you find a house and move easily. We provide guides and information on Korean culture, traditions, and lifestyle so that foreigners can easily adapt to their daily life. So in this article, we’ll be discussing the updated quarantine guidelines and 3rd vaccination(booster) in South Korea.
Foreigners who are fully vaccinated abroad can now register their vaccine status without applying for a quarantine exemption. Foreigners who have registered the first, second, and third(booster) shots abroad can apply for a foreign vaccination certificate as a vaccine passport. The vaccine passport allows them to receive booster shots in South Korea.
Two weeks must have passed since the last vaccination. The vaccines received are those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO): Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AstraZeneca, Covishield (the AstraZeneca vaccine from Serum Institute of India), Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
How to apply for a booster shot in Korea?
Currently, the vaccine is available for those who are eligible under the following terms:
- All South Korean residents 12 years of age or older.
- Foreigners who are staying in South Korea for a long time have the same entry conditions as Korean nationals and can choose different vaccination appointment options.
- Short-term foreign tourists who stayed in South Korea for up to 90 days for travel, leisure, and other reasons are not eligible for vaccination in Korea.
Vaccine pass validity and booster shots:
- Vaccine passes are valid for about 6 months after completion of the main dose and booster shot.
- You can check the expiry date of your vaccine pass in your certificate.
- The type of vaccine cannot be selected for the first vaccination. But after completing the first and second vaccination, the booster shot will be the same as your previous vaccination: AstraZeneca (AZ), Janssen (J&J), or mRNA (Moderna, Pfizer).
- The application of booster shots will vary when you have completed the first and second dose of the vaccine. Waiting time is usually between 3 to 6 months before you get the booster shot.
- When registering, non-Korean nationals will be required to submit their identification and proof of vaccination issued abroad to the Community Health Center.
- Non-quarantine-exempt foreigners are exempted from quarantine after receiving booster shots and registering their vaccination status after re-entry or close contact with confirmed cases.
- Foreigners registered in Korea can participate in this vaccination program even if they do not have a Korean National Health Insurance plan.
- Non-Korean nationals who have been fully vaccinated will receive a vaccination certificate recognized by the Korean health authority to certify that they have been fully vaccinated outside of South Korea.