From the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, effective Friday, January 8, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. (KST), all foreign passengers arriving in the Republic of Korea (ROK) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure; airlines will not board passengers without this negative PCR test result.
USFK is working with the Korean Government for clarification how this applies to USFK, but until additional information is provided, all USFK and component command travelers to South Korea must adhere to this ROK directive and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure.
Personnel are advised to consult their airline regarding updated information about their travel plans and/or restrictions. Further information about COVID-19 conditions and regulations in the ROK are available on the U.S. embassy's COVID-19 website.
See the following link for additional information regarding the US Embassy health and travel alert:
If you are having difficulty finding a PCR testing site in your area, please contact your leadership ASAP for options.
COVID travel testing procedures
51st Medical Group Appointment Line
ER After Hours
COVID-19 Command Center
USFK COVID-19 Information
TRICARE COVID-19 Guide
DoD COVID-19 Symptom Checker
DOD COVID-19 Spotlight
The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The novel coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.
Preventive Measures and Guidelines:
Follow HPCON measures and USFK core tenets: Protect Yourself, Protect the Bubble and Protect Others.
However, if you are feeling sick or ill, do not come to work, STAY HOME, and follow the below guidelines:
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Review some of our Frequently asked question in relation to HPCON Guidelines.
Feel free to call the Medical Appointment line at 050-5784-DOCS. This is available …a.m. to …p.m., Monday through Friday and for afterhours call the Emergency Room at 050-5784-2500.
If you're at a Korean Hospital and need language interpretation services, call Tricare's 24/7 at 080-429-0880, select option 1 and ask for an interpreter.
If the current HPCON requires you to obtain a ETP, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for ETP submission guidelines. Please note that an O-6 or civilian equivalent is required for ETP approval.
Bubble-to-bubble travel means that you are traveling from one installation to another or from your home to your workplace/installation. Check the current HPCON guideline on the Osan COVID-19 Dashboard ***Link to below information*** to know if the bubble-to-bubble travel is authorized.
All USFK associated personnel (Service Members, Family Members, Civilian Employees, Contractors, and Retirees) wanting to quarantine at a location other than a dedicated quarantine facility must have a "Quarantine Action Plan" signed by an O-6 or civilian equivalent from their Korea based military unit or civilian organization. Retirees are authorized to sign for themselves and their family members. Arriving personnel, which reside in the immediate area, after providing a sample for their first COVID test will be released to their unit/organization’s representative provided they have a signed "Quarantine Action Plan". Osan is authorized to hold arriving personnel that do not reside in the immediate area until after the results of the first COVID test are returned. Visitors without one of the following documents: CAC, A-3 Visa/Immigration Card, SOFA verification Stamp, will follow ROK government procedures on arrival.
A visitor, even if they have a military ID card, are required to follow ROK guidelines in regards to quarantine as they are utilizing a Visitor visa. Please visit the U.S. Embassy's Website for current guidelines regarding ROK quarantine.
If you do not see your question answered on this page, please reach out to your/your spouse's chain of command for further guidance.
COVID-19 Command Center SharePoint: https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/osanccc