As of now, it is mandatory for vessels who have called the high risk countries (Russia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Uzbekistan) to submit COVID-19 PCR negative certificate, which is issued by the designated hospital within 48 hours before departure from a port, if crews embarked in those countries.
According to the latest update, PCR negative certificates are required for all on-signers embarked the vessel in all foreign countries on or after 15th January, 2021 when vessels call at a Korean port.
For the crews who embarked from the high risk countries, certificates must be issued at the designated facilities and for the crews who embarked from other countries, certificates can be issued at any facilities. Also, certificates must be issued within 72 hours before departure from a port.
Since the designated facilities in the high risk countries or other detailed conditions are subject to change at anytime, it is highly recommended for seafarers to check the latest information at the time of vessel’s calling through local agents in Korea.