Travel & Safety

We are excited to share that Lufthansa is WGC2022’s Official Airline. WGC participants will receive a 20% discount using Lufthansa Airlines arriving and departing Incheon Airport.

Please click www.lufthansa.com/de/en/meetings-and-events-delegates and use the event code KRAUPLX and the reduced fares are automatically displayed.

Here is a helpful diagram to explain the process for vaccinated travelers. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

From 1 April 2022, fully vaccinated travelers* entering South Korea will not need to quarantine. You will be required to complete a short Q-CODE online form before arrival (we strongly recommend using a mobile phone for the best experience, as the desktop version may ask you to download a security plug-in which is likely to be blocked by your computer network). On arrival at Incheon Airport, you are then required to take a PCR test. After taking the test, you can travel straight to your hotel to await the result, which will arrive within 4-6 hours of taking the test.

Travelers who are Unvaccinated, or who are Vaccinated with a non-WHO certified vaccine must apply for quarantine exemption to enter Korea. The application process is now closed.

*Vaccinated travelers are those vaccinated with 2 doses of an approved World Health Organization vaccine 14 to 180 days prior to their arrival or who have received a booster. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for further information. 

As of April 18, the United States shifted its travel advisory on South Korea to the lowest tier of Level 1. The Level 1 advisory encourages U.S. visitors to exercise “normal precautions” while traveling the country. Read the full details here.

As the pandemic stabilizes in South Korea, the Korean government is moving closer to post-pandemic normal life by lifting almost all COVID-19 social distancing rules except a mask-wearing mandate from April 18.

According to the Korean government plan, the 7-day quarantine for those who test positive for COVID-19 will be eased from ‘mandatory’ to ‘recommended’ on May 23.

Korea has reached over 86% of fully vaccinated people, ranking 7th-highest among members of OECD countries. View the latest vaccination details in Korea here.

For the most up to date information on entering Korea, please click here for general COVID-19 updates in Korea and other useful information please visit here.

  • 1. Do I need to quarantine upon arrival in Korea?

    From 1 April 2022, all overseas travelers who are fully vaccinated* do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Korea.

    * ‘Fully vaccinated’ means either:
    a) 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.
    b) A person who has received their booster shot (3rd dose) of a WHO-approved vaccine.

    The following vaccines are WHO-approved: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covishield, Covaxin and COVOVAX.

  • 2. How can I prove that I am fully vaccinated?

    From 1 April 2022 onwards, 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.

    We strongly recommend using a mobile phone for the best experience, as the desktop version may ask you to download a security plug-in which is likely to be blocked by your computer network.

  • 3. How can I access the Q-CODE (Quarantine Information Advance Input) system, and what do I need?

    To go to the Q-CODE website, click here. Please be ready to provide:

    • Valid passport information
    • Valid flight booking details
    • Valid accommodation details
    • COVID-19 vaccination certificate
    • Negative result of a PCR test taken 2 days before departing for Korea

    Further details are available on the Q-CODE system website. The system works in both Korean and English.

    We strongly recommend using a mobile phone for the best experience, as the desktop version may ask you to download a security plug-in which is likely to be blocked by your computer network.

    Furthermore, it is recommended that you print out your confirmation email from Q-CODE and bring it with you when entering Korea. Please check your junk mail in case it has been directed there.

  • 4. Which vaccines are accepted under the Q-CODE system?

    Only vaccines which are approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) are accepted under the Q-CODE system. These are: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Novavax, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covishield, Covaxin and COVOVAX.

  • 5. Can an unvaccinated person, or a person vaccinated by a vaccine which is not approved by the WHO, apply for quarantine exemption?

    Those who are not vaccinated or who are vaccinated by a vaccine which is not approved by the WHO were able to apply for a quarantine exemption certificate, however, the deadline has now passed.

  • 6. How many times do I have to take a PCR test?

    All travelers must take a PCR test within 2 days before the departure date to Korea and on the 1st day of arrival in Korea. If you are planning to stay in Korea for 7 days or more, please read the guidance below on further testing requirements.

  • 7. Where will attendees take their PCR test on arrival? How much will the test cost?

    • For fully vaccinated travelers: Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing. The test expense is KRW 80,000.
    • For those who have received a quarantine exemption certificate, please refer to the information you have been given.
  • 8. Do I have to make a reservation in advance for the PCR test on arrival?

    • For fully vaccinated travelers: you will be able to make an online reservation on the reservation page (Safe2Go). 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
    • For those who have received a quarantine exemption certificate, please refer to the information you have been given.
  • 9. I took the PCR test at Incheon Airport. Where should I wait for my test result and how will I receive it?

    • For fully vaccinated travelers: You may go to your hotel via limousine bus (provided by the NOC) or 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).
    • For those who have received a quarantine exemption certificate, please refer to the information you have been given.
  • 10. Do I need to take any further tests while in Korea?

    If you are staying in Korea for 7 days or more, you are required to take a Rapid Antigen Test (sometimes referred to as a Lateral Flow Test) on the 6th or 7th day of your visit. Testing by self-test kit and medical institutions are now both recognized as valid.

    There will be a PCR and Rapid antigen test facility at EXCO: Further information can be found here. Alternatively, you can purchase a self-test kit at a pharmacy or convenience store near your accommodation, or take the test at a nearby medical institution.

  • 11. Do I need to take a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test to return to my country?

    This depends on your destination country regulations and airline policy. Please check the relevant guidance.

  • 12. Will there be a PCR and Rapid Antigen test facility at EXCO during WGC2022?

    Yes. For your convenience, there will be a PCR and Rapid Antigen test facility at EXCO, the main venue for WGC2022. Please be advised that testing is at the attendee’s own expense. Further information can be found here.

  • 13. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 during my stay in Korea?

    Currently, under the Korean government’s quarantine measures, you will be transferred to a healthcare facility near to your location, where you must stay for 7 days. You will receive information from the health authorities on the next steps. Please be advised that this is at your own expense.

    If you feel unwell during your stay, please visit the Medical Support Center in EXCO during the opening hours of 09:00~17:30. Outside opening hours, please call your hotel reception desk.

    According to the Korean government plan, 7-day quarantine for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be eased from ‘mandatory’ to ‘recommended’ on May 23, as long as the COVID-19 situation does not worsen. Further details will be updated so please check these FAQs again later.

We are working closely with the venue and suppliers to ensure crowd density and traffic flow remain safe throughout the event. The following measures will be managed:

  • Social distancing consistent with the guidelines in Korea, the city of Daegu and CDC regulations will be implemented
  • The venue will ensure minimum crowding and develop secure safe routes to minimise contact

We are committed to creating a safe environment and have put the following in place to ensure every step of your journey is secured:

  • All attendees will be required to wear a protective face mask at the event.
  • Free disposable face masks and hand sanitiser will be available at the venue.
  • The venue will enhance visitor safety through inspection and monitoring through the use of thermal imaging at certain locations.
  • Temperature checks and hand disinfection will be conducted in the outdoor plaza.

The EXCO Convention Centre will continuously do the following:

  • Disinfect and sanitize the building at the end of each day.
  • Collocated thermal imaging cameras in order to inspect and monitor all the visitors and assure everyone’s safety.
  • Track the movement and contact of the visitors in case of confirmed cased, all visitors must wear a mask at all times.

Shuttle Service Sponsored by

Please find the shuttle timetable below for:
Incheon International Airport T2  T1  Deagu Hotel Gyeongju Hotel
EXCO → Incheon International Airport T1 → T2 

On arrival, please visit the Information Desk at Incheon International Airport (locations below) and they will guide you to the next available shuttle bus service (no booking needed).

For your returning journey to Incheon International Airport, please visit the Information Desk at the EXCO to book your shuttle bus.

Airport Information Desk

There is a PCR and Rapid Antigen testing facility at EXCO for the use of all attendees.

Location: Outside Gate 3 (West Wing), EXCO
Operation Hours: 23-27 May 2022, 10:00-18:00
Reservation: available soon. Please check back for details
Cost: To be confirmed

Medical, PCR testing Facility

In case of infectious symptoms or other medical issues, please visit Medical Support located at 1st floor in the EXCO 1 building.

Other Emergencies

Contact the hotel reception desk or call the emergency contacts below (available 24 hours).

Police: 112
Fire & Ambulance: 119
Medical Emergency: 1339 (Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency)

Currency & Banking

Korea’s official currency is the Won (KRW/ ₩). Notes are in denominations of ₩ 1,000, ₩ 5,000, and ₩ 10,000, ₩ 50,000. Coins are in denominations of ₩ 10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500.

Credit Card

Visa and MasterCard are accepted at almost all retail outlets, but Diners Club and American Express may only be accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details on merchant acceptance and other available services.

Electricity

Outlets for 220 Volts/60Hz are mostly used in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Banks are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major department stores are open every day from 10:30am to 8pm including Sundays.

Time in Korea

Korea is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9) and does not observe daylight savings time. For more information, please visit the World Time Server website.

Tips & Tax

Tip : Tipping is not regularly practiced in Korea. Service charges are often included in the bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the services provided.

Tax : Upon request, visitors can receive VAT refunds of about 10 percent for purchases at “Duty Free Shopping” outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Only foreign tourists in Korea can apply for this tax refund. Visitors can receive refund on receipts with a minimum purchase amount of KR₩ 50,000 (around US$ 50). To receive this refundable, present refund receipts together with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the airport on your day of departure. These receipts can be cashed in at the Cash Refund Office in front of the Airport Duty Free Shop.

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

Police : 112

Fire & Ambulance : 119

Medical Emergency : 1339 – These services are available 24 hours.

 

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