• 2021.04.05

    Seoul resumes weekday bus and subway services after 10 PM

    The SMG is lifting its level 2 social distancing measure of reduced bus and subway services for resumed late-night services after 10 PM on weekdays. Bus service will sequentially resume as normal for 71 out of 356 bus routes with more than 80% ridership after 10 PM for three plus days in a week. While subway service has resumed as normal for lines 2, 5 and 7 since April 1, and lines 3, 4, 6 and 8 will resume as normal starting April 5.
  • 2021.04.05

    Fines imposed on violators of basic disease control and prevention rules for COVID-19

    The SMG is imposed fines (up to KRW 3 million for owners and KRW 100,000 for users) on violators of the basic disease control and prevention rules for COVID-19 applicable to managers, employees and users of all multi-use facilities regardless of the social distancing level. Moreover, the basic disease control and prevention rules for COVID-19 have been reinforced for mandatory application of visitors’ logs for all visitors of multi-use facilities and workplaces.
  • 2021.04.01

    Rapid response teams at COVID-19 vaccination centers

    The SMG is stationing rapid response teams (RRTs) at seven district vaccination centers that are starting operations on Thu, Apr. 1, including one in Seongdong-gu, and is planning to station RRTs at other vaccination centers scheduled to open. RRTs will support medical staff with emergency treatment and patient transport in the event of adverse reaction to vaccinations.
  • 2021.04.01

    Reopening of daycare centers in Seoul

    Daycare centers across Seoul have reopened on April 1 and resumed normal operations. The SMG lifted the closure order for a total of 5,228 daycare centers, including national/public, private and workplace daycare centers. The goal is to reduce the burden on caregivers and guardians, which is aggravated by the prolonged closure of daycare centers, while minimizing the risk of infection. Even while daycare centers were closed, emergency care has been provided in compliance with disease control and prevention rules and saw an 87% attendance rate
  • 2021.03.30

    Social distancing in Yeouido with temporary bus detours

    The SMG is enforcing intensive social distancing measures in Yeouido for the cherry blossom viewing season. As Yeouiseo-ro (street behind the National Assembly) will be closed off from Mar. 31 to Apr. 12, seven bus stops near Yeouiseo-ro will be out of service on weekends and the 20 corresponding bus routes will be detoured, and the park entrance bus stop near Exit 2 of Yeouinaru Station will be temporarily relocated about 100 meters ahead on weekdays.
  • 2021.03.23

    Announcement of COVID-19 safety measures for April 7 by-election polling stations

    The SMG is to conduct thorough management of disease control and prevention at 424 early voting stations and 2,259 main polling stations; temporary voting booths will be installed within polling stations for voters with fever symptoms to vote separately. The SMG plans to set up special early voting stations in five community treatment centers in Seoul, and have confirmed patients and citizens in hospitals and nursing homes with limited mobility be able to vote by mail. The SMG will ease its quarantine regulations for a day on by-election day for citizens in self-quarantine to vote at a temporary voting booth of their local polling station within a 30-minute distance, provided that they do not show symptoms of fever or respiratory conditions.
  • 2021.03.22

    Seoul and 25 autonomous districts provide
    KRW 1 trillion of financial assistance to overcome
    COVID-19 crisis and revitalize the public economy

    The SMG will increase its financial assistance to small businesses by providing economic revitalization funding of up to KRW 1.5 million to businesses that faced with prohibited or limited operations, and damage support funding of KRW 500,000 to small businesses that have closed their business. The SMG will also provide employment support funding of KRW 500,000 per individual to unemployed youths, and living support funding of KRW 100,000 per individual to recipients of basic living expenses. A total of KRW 500 billion in financial assistance by the SMG (KRW 300 billion) together with 25 autonomous districts (KRW 200 billion), and KRW 500 billion in loans will be provide to small businesses, vulnerable classes and affected industries to overcome the prolonged COVID-19 crisis. This is to begin as soon as April, and financial assistance will be provided sequentially for each eligible target.
  • 2021.03.11

    “Youth Project Support” to resolve social issues in the post-COVID-19 era

    The SMG is initiating its 2021 Youth Project Support, which enables younger generations to directly discover and solve future social issues and create social values. A total of KRW 1.8 billion will be provided (KRW 50 million per organization/enterprise/individual) to a total of about 40 selected projects. Applications for the open call will be accepted from Thu, Mar. 11 until Wed, Mar. 31.
  • 2021.03.09

    First vaccination center in Seoul operated by Seoul National University Hospital

    The SMG set up the first vaccination center in Seoul at the auditorium of Seongdong-gu Office. The center is operated by Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH). The SMG, SNUH and Seongdong-gu Office signed an MOU to continue the vaccination campaign for Seoul citizens to get vaccinated without setbacks. Seoul’s first vaccination center is Korea’s first specialized operating model where a tertiary general hospital (i.e. SNUH) is cooperating with broad (i.e. special/metropolitan cities and provinces) and basic (i.e. districts and counties) local governments. The SNUH is set to dispatch medical staff to professionally manage the entire process from vaccination to adverse reaction and emergency response.
  • 2021.03.03

    Building the 119 emergency transportation system of Seoul for patients who show adverse reactions to the vaccine

    As the COVID-19 vaccination is in operation, the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters is operating a rapid transportation system for patients who show adverse reactions to the vaccine. If any person shows adverse reactions to the vaccine, you can call 119 and the 119 emergency services will provide the first aid and promptly transport the patient to a medical institution that is associated with a public health center.

Seoul's countermeasures for COVID-19

  • Additional installation of 56 screening clinics for citizens’ free COVID-19 testing

    The SMG is installing additional 56 temporary screening clinics for citizens to get free COVID-19 tests for preemptive testing to block the spread of asymptomatic infections in Seoul. 15 sites was added as of Dec. 14 and the remaining 41 sites will open sequentially. In addition to the existing testing method (nasal swab), the screening clinics will conduct saliva tests and even get rapid antigen test results within 30 minutes. The SMG worked in cooperation with autonomous districts in Seoul to select the locations of the screening clinics, such as accessible vacant parks as well as major subway stations with high foot traffic and parking lots of public facilities that have suspended operations.

  • Government’s Revised Measures for Social Distancing (Draft)

    Due to the inevitable reality of the prolonged COVID-19 situation, revised measures for sustainable social distancing will be implemented starting Sat, Nov. 7. The main changes are: ① Detailed segmentation of the existing three levels; ② Partial augmentation of standards for raising social distancing levels in accord with the existing medical system; and ③ Simplified […]

  • Seoul Distributes Detailed Guidelines for Internet Cafes…Ban on Consumption of Food, Water and Beverages Permitted

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government has prepared detailed guidelines following the core mandatory disinfection/prevention measures for internet cafes. The SMG also prepared “Q&A on Seoul’s Detailed Guidelines for Internet Cafes” that focuses on questions that citizens may have. ☞ Check the Detailed Guidelines for Internet Cafes ☞ Check the Q&A on Seoul’s Detailed Guidelines for Internet […]

  • Hangang Park Quarantine Measures For Level 2.5 Social Distancing

    Main Features:
    -Limited access to major congested park areas (Yeouido, Ttukseom, Banpo Hangang Parks)
    -Reduced park store hours (closed after 9 PM)
    -Closed nighttime parking (no entry after 9 PM)

  • Seoul Prepares First Detailed Guidelines for Administrative Order for Mandatory Mask-Wearing

    As the Seoul Metropolitan Government acknowledges the close relationship between the measure for mandatory mask-wearing and citizens’ daily lives, the SMG is distributing detailed guidelines for immediate application in every aspect of citizens’ everyday lives.

  • Implementation of Nationwide Social Distancing: Level 2 (Compulsory Mask-Wearing) (Effective as of 12 AM, Aug. 23)

    As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases gradually increases as of late, nationwide social distancing practices at level 2 will be implemented starting Sun, Aug. 23 to prevent further spread.

  • Citywide Ban on Public Assemblies of +10 People in Seoul until Aug. 30

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is placing a citywide ban on public assemblies of +10 people in Seoul starting from 12:00 AM on Fri, Aug. 21 to 11:59 PM on Sun, Aug. 30 pursuant to paragraph 1 of Article 49 of the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act.

  • Guidelines for Transport of Each Suspected COVID-19 Case Created and Distributed Throughout the Country by Seoul Metropolitan Government

    Following the “Transport Guidelines for Each Type of Suspected COVID-19 Case,” the guidelines also include the procedures for responding according to the stage of the disaster and the roles and duties of fire stations and firefighters.

  • Seoul’s Public Sports Facilities to Reopen in Stages

    Public sports facilities (29 venues) that halted operations since Fri, May 29 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections have reopened. In accordance with the countermeasures for reinforced disinfections in the metropolitan area announced by the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Sun, Jul. 19, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) plans to reopen public […]

  • Introduction of the App Report System for Mandatory Mask Wearing on Public Transportation

    Wearing masks on public transportation has been mandated, but due to quarrels resulting from the failure to wear masks and abusive language and violence that have been targeted at station employees, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will enforce special countermeasures to prevent conflict among citizens and establish a culture in which masks are worn.

    The SMG will add the report function to the “Ddota (Ride Again) urban railway” app starting August 3 (Mon.) that will allow users to report passengers who are not wearing masks on the subway.

  • Seoul Completes Introduction of QR Attendance System for Logistics Facilities

    Seoul has completed the introduction of a “digital attendance tracking system” for all logistics facilities registered in Seoul (a total of 53), including logistics centers and warehouses. Employees who work at logistics facilities must have their attendance checked using a QR code before they start working. The logistics centers are now checking the symptoms of their employees more than once a day and disinfecting shared items like work uniforms and shoes at least once a day. All employees must wear a mask while working.

  • Seoul Makes Efforts for Zero Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Subway

    It has been 100 days since the country raised the Crisis Alert Level to red (the highest) due to the spread of COVID-19. As the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 11,000 in South Korea and 6 million across the world, COVID-19 has developed into a pandemic.

    Fortunately, so far, there have been no cases of transmission in the Seoul subway that is used by 7.3 million people a day on average. Seoul Metro, which has maintained zero confirmed cases based on thorough disinfection and response to the disaster, introduces its efforts and records that it has made to prevent the spread of the infectious disease over the past 100 days after the crisis alert level was raised to red.


    As a means of preventing local mass outbreaks caused by asymptomatic individuals, the SMG began conducting COVID-19 tests for general citizens through public registration. Applications for testing are accepted via the SMG website for selection of test participants, and those who are chosen to be tested can visit the designated metropolitan hospital for free testing.

  • Seoul Announces Comprehensive Summer Measures Centered around Response to Contagious Diseases

    With summer just around the corner, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has announced “2020 Comprehensive Summer Measures.” Due to the unprecedented circumstances caused by COVID-19, the municipal government established measures for this summer that are centered around the response to the contagious disease, concentrating on daily disinfections, prevention of the spread of COVID-19, and protection of the disaster-vulnerable classes.


    Control standards for different levels of subway congestion were established due to the increase of subway riders. Riders are required to wear masks on subways when overcrowded, and those without masks are restricted access. Countermeasures for various modes of public transportation were implemented to relieve such congestion including increased operation of bus routes and additional reserved vehicles.

  • How was Korea able to implement COVID-19 testing on such a large scale?

    In the early stages of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Korea, the number of confirmed cases was higher than that of neighboring countries because diagnoses were quickly conducted by testing a large number of specimens.
    The conducting of rapid, large-scale testing became the driving force for a well-organized response system (detection, quarantine, and treatment).
    As a result, Seoul was able to keep its basic social infrastructure in operation without the need for a city-wide shutdown, stabilize the spread of COVID-19, and maintain a working economy—all of which have made Korea the focus of global attention.

  • Heroes of the fight to contain COVID-19: Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Response Team

    As of April 7, Seoul’s mortality rate is low and confirmed cases have reached 5.6 percent of the national figure. The secret to this rate is the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Response Team (RRT). RRT, an organization operated jointly by Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), is dispatched to sites of COVID-19 outbreak and fighting mass infection.

  • Seoul Metropolitan Dongbu Hospital installed the Safety Guard Screening Clinic by adding new features

    The Safety Guard Screening Clinic has a structure where a positive pressure treatment room and a negative pressure testing room are separately located, and the movement routes of medical staff and those of patients are do not overlap.

  • Operation of “Globe-Wall System” Introduced by Boramae Hospital

    The “Globe-Wall” sample collection room, in operation by Boramae Hospital’s screening center, is similar to an incubator to take care of newborn infants through holes with gloves in a glass-walled box.

  • Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Current Issues

    Testing for All Travelers Entering South Korea from Overseas, Seoul Disaster Emergency Living Expenses, Preparation for Starting the New School Year (Date & Time: April 2, 2020 (Thurs.), 11 a.m., Briefing Room, Seoul City Hall)

  • Seoul’s Startup Ecosystem Thrives

    South Korea’s decisive, scence-led response to the coronavirus pandemic offers insight into another successful partnership. Seoul is working with Korean entrepreneurs and their fledging companies to develop one of the world’s most promising startup ecosystems in line with the nation’s growth as a global economic center.

  • Seoul Invests KRW 50 Billion into Startups for Overcoming the Crisis

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will invest a total budget of KRW 50 billion to offer support for labor costs of “10,000 technological professionals” of promising startups in the areas of biotechnology and untact businesses that are expected to show positive development in the future

  • Seoul Provides Disaster Emergency Living Expenses to Non-Korean Residents

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be providing “Disaster Emergency Living Expenses” to non-Korean residents as well.
    – Application period : (Online) Aug. 31 ~ Sep. 25 / (Offline) Sep. 31 ~ Sep. 25

  • “Seoul-type Urgent Welfare” Offers Support of up to KRW 3 Million to Low-Income Households in Crisis

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government is temporarily easing the qualifications, such as the income and property standard and the reasons for crisis, in order for citizens in sudden crisis due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic to receive the support of the “Seoul-type Urgent Welfare.”

  • Establishment of the “Seoul Tourist Help Center” for the Tourist Industry Suffering Due to COVID-19

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Tourism Association will establish the new “Seoul Tourist Help Center,” an online channel for consultations, which will begin operations in August.

  • Seoul Offers Support to Design Industry Struck by COVID-19 in the Form of KRW 2 Billion

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation will begin to support the design industry that was struck by COVID-19. A total of KRW 2 billion will be distributed to 1,000 creative design ideas owned by companies or individuals that will make the city of Seoul and citizens’ everyday lives richer while facing the new normal life that has come along with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Special financial support of KRW 1 million to coin-operated karaoke rooms

    The SMG will provide special financial support of KRW 1 million to all coin-operated karaoke rooms.
    The SMG will be accepting applicants mid-July to immediately help those who are facing financial difficulties, such as rent, payroll and other fixed costs, due to the city’s prohibition on public gathering.
    Eligible for this special financial support are small business owners with less than 5 employees and average sales of less than KRW 3 billion.

  • Business Support Institution for SMEs Exports Products for COVID-19 Prevention to Brooklyn

    Seoul Business Agency (SBA), the leading business support institution for SMEs that creates jobs in Seoul, is in the process of promoting the “project to support the export of goods for COVID-19 prevention” with Brooklyn, New York as a means of pioneering the market for the overseas export of items produced by domestic SMEs amid the global COVID-19 crisis.

  • Seoul Supports Start-ups Leading Post-COVID-19 Era

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) unveiled its special support measures of “three cultivation strategies” to give attention to start-ups as the driving force of the city’s economy in the Post-COVID-19 era. The city has plans to enable promising Seoul-based start-ups to occupy the future market amid the unprecedented crisis and rapid changes in the industry, making a bold investment of KRW 175 billion.

  • Seoul Supports 5,000 Young Seoulites Struck by COVID-19 with Monthly Rent Support

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is starting its “Young Seoulite Rent Support” project. Single households of young Seoulites who are suffering from high housing costs living in Seoul will be eligible for support through the project for up to ten months (once in a lifetime).


    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is starting its “Young Seoulite Rent Support” project. Single households of young Seoulites who are suffering from high housing costs living in Seoul will be eligible for support through the project for up to ten months (once in a lifetime).

  • Direct Marketing at Nine Subway Stations in Seoul to Help Farms Struck by COVID-19

    Markets will open at major subway stations in Seoul. Passengers can buy excellent farm products and specialties, such as Anheung-style steamed buns from Hoengseong, laver from Wando, dried persimmons from Sangju and leaf mustard kimchi from Yeosu, conveniently in the subway stations hassle-free.

  • Seoul Provides up to KRW 30 Million in Support to Protect Jobs in Four Manufacturing Industries

    Seoul plays a pivotal role in the employment of the local economy. Thus, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) strives to prevent this employment crisis from leading to plummeted employment and to protect jobs by providing emergency funds in four major manufacturing industries: apparel & sewing; handmade shoes; printing; and machinery & metal.

  • Seoul Provides Two Million Masks to 380,000 People with Disabilities

    With concern of local reinfections from the mass outbreak of COVID-19 at clubs in Itaewon and bars near Hongik University, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will provide masks to people with disabilities who urgently need assistance from those around them due to the restriction on activities.

    This will apply to 385,846 individuals with disabilities who are registered in Seoul, and each individual will receive five masks for a total distribution number of two million masks. The masks will be mailed by post starting May 19.

  • Applications for Seoul’s “Stimulus Checks for the Self-Employed” to Open May 25

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will begin receiving applications for Stimulus Checks for the Self-Employed on Mon, May 25. The stimulus checks will support those who are self-employed and small business owners who are suffering due to COVID-19. Online applications will begin on May 25, and on-site applications will start on June 15.

  • Seoul city to give US$4,000 to each of 500 companies in MICE tourism industry

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government is providing 4,000 U.S. dollars to each of 500 companies in the MICE otherwise known as the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry. It said Monday that it aims to help these companies, which have been going through a torrid time as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Companies based in Seoul and have been in operation for longer than 2 years can apply online for the support from May 4th to the 15th.

  • Seoul Provides Stimulus Checks of KRW 700,000 For 2 Months To Those Self-Employed with Less Than KRW 200 Million Annual Revenue

    Seoul will move quickly to provide small local business owners and those who are self-employed in desperate need of assistance with stimulus checks of KRW 700,000 for two months in cash.

    Eligible beneficiaries include approximately 410,000 small business owners and self-employed workers making less than KRW 200 million annual revenue and whose business address is registered in Seoul (excluding some types of businesses including adult entertainment and gambling establishments).

  • Seoul Provides Employment Retention Support Fund to Foreign Investment Enterprises Affected by COVID-19

    Seoul provides support funds amounting to up to KRW 200 million to foreign investment enterprises in the fields of new industries like IT and the biomedical field that employed more than 10 individuals last year and intend to maintain employment.
    The period of application for the support funds is the month between April 22 and May 20, 2020.

  • Seoul Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 countermeasures for citizens

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) makes all the information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) publicly available to help alleviate citizens’ heightened concerns and anxiety about the disease. In particular, it is actively conducting COVID-19 prevention efforts through the intensive disinfection of public spaces. To guarantee that the city of Seoul collectively and fully overcomes COVID-19, the SMG is actively engaging in support/response activities with the aim of reviving the exhausted morale and disrupted daily routines of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and their families as well as ordinary citizens.

  • Seoul Provides Urgent Financial Support to Residents Struck by COVID-19

    With the purpose of relieving the pain of residents who have been negatively affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, Seoul will be implementing the finalized “Seoul Disaster Fund for Household Support.” The action plan was prepared to vitalize the local economy and overcome the national crisis through timely emergency financial support for victims of the […]

  • Seoul’s Financial Aid Package for Small Business Owners and SMEs

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is pursuing measures to support small business owners and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are facing the unprecedented and prolonged crisis of the coronavirus pandemic, and revitalize the regional economy.

  • Seoul’s Plan to Support industries and People Hit Hard by COVID-19

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is pursuing measures to support the livelihood of citizens hit hard by COVID-19, including young part-timers, and the hardest-hit industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and small business owners, who are struggling to cope with the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which shows no signs of abating.

  • Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Comprehensive Countermeasures and Support for the Tourism Market and Industry Directly Impacted by COVID-19

    the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) announced “Measures to Revitalize Seoul Tourism” in February and will be implementing the “Crisis Overcoming Project for Tourism Industry” in April.

  • COVID-19 and the Startup Ecosystem in Seoul

    In Korea, the number of investment deals in February 2020 dropped to a fifth, i.e., 10 deals worth $255 million, of that in the previous month. China also experienced a difficult time in January and February 2020, when it faced a 62% drop in investment, compared to the same period in the previous year. The […]

COVID 19-related Support for Foreign Residents

Don’t Let Your Guard Down Until the End of COVID-19

It’s actually not fine until we cross the finish line

Free COVID-19 testing with ID even if you're asymptomatic!

Get tested for COVID-19 (one member per household)


Emergency pause period for 10 million citizens

Wearing is caring. Let's all wear a mask!





"No Large Gatherings on Halloween" Campaign

Citywide Mandatory Mask Ordinance





“We are reopening public facilities in Seoul thanks to our citizens!”

Public Facilities for Children & Women

Survey of Seoul Citizens on COVID-19

Seoul, Distancing in Everyday Life

Stimulus Checks for the Self-Employed





Let's Take a Break: Behavioral Rules for Citizens





Guidelines for Religious Facilities

Guidelines for PC Bangs and Karaokes

Guidelines for Private-Institutes

Hold on! Let's take a break from social life





Prevention Rules for COVID-19





Let’s Work Together to Stay Safe from Novel Coronavirus!





COVID-19 Special Entry Procedure (as of June 12th)


  • Reinforced Quarantine of International Arrivals

    Seoul Metropolitan Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters Reinforced Disease Control and Prevention for International Arrivals! Instructions on Testing and Self-Quarantine All international arrivals residing in Seoul Get tested on the day of arrival at your local designated screening clinic! (Including Korean nationals, non-Korean residents, and all tourists/visitors) ※ Bring your passport and airline ticket when you get tested at the designated screening clinic!

  • Plans for Protection and Management of International Students for the Second Semester

    Although the number of recently confirmed patients through local spreading has become stable, the number of confirmed patients coming from abroad continues to rise. Accordingly, this has called for control of preventative measures regarding international students who are awaiting the second semester of university in terms of revitalization of online classes and management of entrance times into the country.

  • Precautions for International Travelers

    All individuals traveling to the Republic of Korea should follow these guidelines before boarding, on board, and after landing.

  • Mandatory quarantine instructions for all incoming travelers to Republic of Korea

    Every individual who is scheduled to enter the Republic of Korea is subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine beginning on the date of entry and ending at 12:00 of the 15th day. Please check the instructions and follow the quarantine guidelines.

  • Seoul Provides Masks with Replaceable Filters to Foreigners in Blind Spots

    Seoul Provides Masks with Replaceable Filters to Foreigners in Blind Spots Seoul announced it will distribute 100,000 masks with replaceable filters to international students who find it difficult to obtain masks and foreigners without health insurance. With the “5-day rotation system for mask distribution” in place, foreigners are required to present their alien registration card and certificate of health insurance when purchasing masks

  • Mask Purchase Procedures : How Can Foreigners Purchase Masks?

    To resolve a shortage of masks, the Korean government has come up with a new measure called “5-day rotation system for mask distribution.” It is a policy that allows people to purchase masks on designated days based on their birth years.

  • Information on prevention of COVID-19 for people arriving in the Republic of Korea

    Every individual who is scheduled to enter the Republic of Korea must learn the major COVID-19 symptoms checklist, guidelines on personal hygiene, and the manual to use the mobile self-diagnosis application.

  • TBS eFM Broadcasts Special COVID-19 Live Updates Program for Foreigners

    As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has exceeded 5,000 in South Korea, TBS eFM will be broadcasting a special program titled COVID-19 Live Updates for foreigners starting March 4, 2020 from 9 to 10 AM every day.

  • Measures to support foreign residents

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be operating COVID-19 counseling centers as a channel to offer customized supports for foreign residents from Vietnam, Mongolia, and more. Counseling in eight languages including Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Pakistani will be available from the Southwest Global Center and services in other languages will be provided in association with the […]

  • Measures for students from country where COVID-19 originated

    In partnership with its 25 autonomous districts and 49 universities that are scheduled to admit students from China, Seoul has organized the “Joint Response Group for Students from China in Seoul” to offer omnidirectional support for students from China who are slated to enter South Korea from the point of their entrance. Eligible beneficiaries include […]

What are designated screening clinics?

Screening clinics are where people who show symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing and fever, can seek and receive medical treatment before visiting a medical institution.
As of April 8, 2020, 638 health centers and medical institutions operate Screening station, of which 95 percent (606 locations) are equipped to collect samples onsite.
As of late, Screening station have become diversified to include drive-thru and walk-thru screening station.
Since scaling up testing facilities and diagnostic agents obtaining fast-track approval, the maximum daily testing capacity increased from 3,000 people in February to approximately 20,000 people as of April.

Drive-Through Screening Center in Gangseo-gu

Drive-Through Screening Stations

Seoul operates drive-through screening stations for COVID-19 to maximize citizens’ convenience. There are lower risks of infection since the whole process from filling out a medical questionnaire to swabbing is done in a single stop without having to leave the vehicle. The test takes about 10 minutes, and the results will be sent to you within 2 or 3 days through your phone or text message.


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Walk-through Screening Center

In a Walk-through Screening Center , testing can be safely done in a phonebooth-sized room with complete separation between the patient and the medical staff. Unlike the drive-through screening stations, these Walk-through Screening Center don’t require much spaces and they are easily accessible by the elderly and patients without cars. Since the size of the booth is relatively smaller than normal screening centers, it would take less than two minutes to disinfect the booth after use; in which, we can expect the whole process to be faster.




List of Hospitals in Seoul where COVID-19 testing is available

Hashtag (#) indicates clinics where examinations are available

Permanent Designated Screening Clinics in Seoul (As of Fri, Jan. 22, 2021)
Designated clinics for novel coronavirus infection in Seoul
number administrative area screening clinic
#1 Gangnam-gu Gangnam-gu Public Health Center
#2 Gangnam-gu Samsung Medical Center
#3 Gangnam-gu Gangnam Severance Hospital
#4 Gangdong-gu Gangdong-gu Public Health Center
#5 Gangdong-gu VHS Medical Center
#6 Gangdong-gu Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong
#7 Gangdong-gu Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital
#8 Gangbuk-gu Gangbuk-gu Public Health Center
#9 Gangseo-gu Gangseo-gu Public Health Center
#10 Gangseo-gu Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital
#11 Gwanak-gu Gwanak-gu Public Health Center
#12 Gwanak-gu Yangji Hospital
#13 Gwangjin-gu Gwangjin-gu Public Health Center
#14 Gwangjin-gu Konkuk University Medical Center
#15 Guro-gu Guro-gu Public Health Center
#16 Guro-gu Korea University Guro Hospital
#17 Guro-gu GS Medical Center
#18 Geumcheon-gu Geumcheon-gu Public Health Center
#19 Geumcheon-gu HeeMyoung Hospital
#20 Nowon-gu Nowon-gu Public Health Center
#21 Nowon-gu Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University
#22 Nowon-gu Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital
#23 Dobong-gu Dobong-gu Public Health Center
#24 Dobong-gu Hanil General Hospital
#25 Dongdaemun-gu Dongdaemun-gu Public Health Center
#26 Dongdaemun-gu Sahmyook Medical Center
#27 Dongdaemun-gu DB Hospital
#28 Dongdaemun-gu Seoul Sungsim General Hospital
#29 Dongdaemun-gu Kyung Hee University Medical Center
#30 Dongjak-gu Dongjak-gu Public Health Center
#31 Dongjak-gu SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center
#32 Dongjak-gu Chung-ang University Hospital
#33 Mapo-gu Mapo-gu Public Health Center
#34 Seodaemun-gu Seodaemun-gu Public Health Center
#35 Seodaemun-gu Severance Hospital
#36 Seocho-gu Seocho-gu Public Health Center
#37 Seocho-gu Seoul Children's Hospital
#38 Seongdong-gu Seongdong-gu Public Health Center
#39 Seongdong-gu Hanyang University Seoul Hospital
#40 Seongdong-gu Seongdong Gunja Clinic
#41 Seongbuk-gu Seongbuk-gu Public Health Center
#42 Seongbuk-gu Korea University Anam Hospital
#43 Songpa-gu Songpa-gu Public Health Center
#44 Songpa-gu Asan Medical Center
#45 Songpa-gu National Police Hospital
#46 Yangcheon-gu Yangcheon-gu Public Health Center
#47 Yangcheon-gu Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital
#48 Yangcheon-gu Seonam Hospital
#49 Yangcheon-gu Hong Ik Hospital
#50 Yeongdeungpo-gu Yeongdeungpo-gu Public Health Center
#51 Yeongdeungpo-gu Hallym University Medical Center
#52 Yeongdeungpo-gu Sungae Medical Foundation
#53 Yeongdeungpo-gu The Catholi Univ. of Korea Yeouido St. Mary's Hospital
#54 Yeongdeungpo-gu Youngdungpo St. Mary's Hospital
#55 Yongsan-gu Yongsan-gu Public Health Center
#56 Yongsan-gu Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Seoul
#57 Eunpyeong-gu Eunpyeong-gu Public Health Center
#58 Eunpyeong-gu The Catholi Univ. of Korea Eunpyeong St. Mary's Hospital
#59 Eunpyeong-gu Seobuk Hospital
#60 Eunpyeong-gu Eunpyeong Hospital
#61 Eunpyeong-gu Chung Goo Sung Sim Hospital
#62 Jongno-gu Jongno-gu Public Health Center
#63 Jongno-gu Kangbuk Samsung Hospital
#64 Jongno-gu Red Cross Hospital
#65 Jung-gu Jung-gu Public Health Center
#66 Jung-gu Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital
#67 Jung-gu National Medical Center
#68 Jungnang-gu Jungnang-gu Public Health Center
#69 Jungnang-gu Seoul Medical Center