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Important Information on COVID-19 Vaccination


Dear AMCHAM Members,

As Korea’s vaccination campaign continues to gain pace, many AMCHAM members will be applying for and receiving vaccinations in the coming months. AMCHAM is grateful to the Korean government for making vaccines available to all residents of Korea on a non-discriminatory basis regardless of nationality. Please note the important information below regarding vaccination.

Special Instructions for Individuals Not Enrolled in the National Health Insurance (NHI)

Enrollment in NHI is not required to be eligible for vaccination. However, if you are not enrolled in NHI, you can only be vaccinated at a Community Health Center (
보건소) rather than a hospital or other facility. Please refer to the attached document (page 23, section ) for details and inquire to your local Community Health Center for additional information.

Real-Time Application for “No Show” Vaccines

While at-risk groups continue to have priority for vaccination, starting today anyone over 30 years of age may now apply for “no show” vaccinations. Please use Naver or Kakao to search for available vaccinations near you. Note that you must be enrolled in NHI to take advantage of this option.

14-day Quarantine Exemption for Vaccinated Travelers

At present, Korea only recognizes vaccinations conducted entirely in Korea. AMCHAM continues to advocate to the Korean government for recognition of U.S. vaccinations. Until such recognition is granted, you may apply to the Business Travel Support Center operated by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) for exemption from the 14-day quarantine upon return to Korea.

AMCHAM is committed to supporting our members and Korea’s return to normalcy by providing information and support on vaccination and travel. If you have any questions, please refer to the AMCHAM Government Affairs Team for assistance (email: govcorp@amchamkorea.org).