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

(as of 6 PM on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2020)
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 Severance Hospital
#4 Gangdong-gu Gangdong-gu Public Health Center
#5 Gangdong-gu Kyung Hee University Hospital
#6 Gangdong-gu VHS Hospital
#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 H Plus Yangji Hospital
#13 Gwangjin-gu Gwangjin-gu Public Health Center
14 Gwangjin-gu Gwangjin-gu Public Health Center (Jayang Public Health Center)
#15 Gwangjin-gu Konkuk University Medical Center
#16 Guro-gu Guro-gu Public Health Center
#17 Guro-gu Korea University Guro Hospital
#18 Guro-gu GS Medical Center
#19 Geumcheon-gu Geumcheon-gu Public Health Center
#20 Geumcheon-gu HeeMyoung Hospital
#21 Nowon-gu Nowon-gu Public Health Center
#22 Nowon-gu Nowon Eulji Medical Center, Eulji University
#23 Nowon-gu Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital
#24 Dobong-gu Dobong-gu Public Health Center
#25 Dongdaemun-gu Dongdaemun-gu Public Health Center
#26 Dongdaemun-gu KyungHee University Medical Center
#27 Dongdaemun-gu Samyook Medical Center
#28 Dongdaemun-gu Seoul Metropolitan Dongbu Hospital
29 Dongdaemun-gu Seoul Sungsim General Hospital
#30 Dongjak-gu Dongjak-gu Public Health Center
#31 Dongjak-gu SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center
#32 Mapo-gu Mapo-gu Public Health Center
#33 Seodaemun-gu Seodaemun-gu Public Health Center
#34 Seodaemun-gu Severance Hospital (Yonsei University Health System)
#35 Seocho-gu Seocho-gu Public Health Center
#36 Seocho-gu The Catholic University of Korea Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital
#37 Seocho-gu Seoul Metropolitan 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 Seoul Metropolitan Seonam Hospital
#48 Yangcheon-gu Ewha Womans University Mokdong 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 Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital (The Catholic Univ. of Korea)
#53 Yeongdeungpo-gu Sungae Hospital
54 Yeongdeungpo-gu Myongji St. Mary’s Hospital
#55 Yongsan-gu Yongsan-gu Public Health Center#
#56 Yongsan-gu Soonchunhyang University Hospital Seoul
#57 Eunpyeong-gu Eunpyeong-gu Public Health Center
#58 Eunpyeong-gu Seoul Metropolitan Seobuk Hospital
#59 Eunpyeong-gu Seoul Metropolitan Eunpyeong Hospital
#60 Eunpyeong-gu The Catholic University of Korea Eunpyeong St. Mary’s 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 Seoul Red Cross Hospital
#65 Jung-gu Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital
#66 Jung-gu Jung-gu Public Health Center
#67 Jungnang-gu Jungnang-gu Public Health Center
#68 Jungnang-gu Seoul Medical Center

Seoul's countermeasures for COVID-19

  • 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 Metropolitan Government Provides Customized Medical Service According to the Severity of Symptoms by Operating the Intensive Care Emergency Medical Center and the Living Treatment Center

    Seoul Metropolitan Government Provides Customized Medical Service According to the Severity of Symptoms by Operating the Intensive Care Emergency Medical Center and the Living Treatment 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 […]

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)


  • 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

  • Reinforced Quarantine of International Arrivals (Effective as of April 1)

    Starting April 1, all Seoul residents entering South Korea from overseas must receive a diagnostic test immediately upon arrival at their local public health center’s screening clinic. This applies to all nationality including Koreans, regardless of length of stay. Please bring your passport and airline tickets to receive a diagnostic test at screening clinic.

  • 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 […]

  • 2020.11.23

    Emergency pause period for 10 million citizens

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government recognizes the severity of the current situation as a critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will respond strongly by preparing precise measures for disease control and prevention. In line with the government, we will not only raise our distance to level 2, but also declare lockdown for 10 million Seoulites starting tomorrow to the end of the year with the implementation of Seoul-style precision disease control and prevention for 10 types of facilities.
  • 2020.11.19

    Social distancing raised to level 1.5

    The average number of confirmed cases for the Seoul metropolitan area has reached 125.6 in the past week as of midnight on Nov. 18. As this is a key indicator of the need for social distancing measures, the SMG responded to the heightened sense of crisis with reinforced disease control and prevention by raising the social distancing level to 1.5 as of 12:00 AM on Nov. 19, which will remain enforced for two weeks until 11:59 PM on Dec. 2.
  • 2020.11.13

    KRW 100,000 fines for violators of mandatory mask-wearing administrative order

    An administrative order for mandatory mask-wearing has been implemented as of Nov. 13, and violators will be subject to fines of KRW 100,000. Fines will be imposed on violators who do not wear masks indoors, including public transport, indoor sports facilities, performance halls, private academies and Internet cafes (PC bangs), as well as outdoors. The SMG started to operate an emergency task force in each autonomous district for two weeks around the clock from Nov. 13 to provide mask-related public services and deal with complaints.
  • 2020.11.09

    Online voting for Seoul’s top 10 COVID-19 news

    An online poll will be held until Dec. 4 for citizens to vote for Seoul’s top 10 news related to COVID-19 that helped them overcome the COVID-19 crisis this year. Anyone can participate by searching “Seoul” (서울) or “Seoul’s Top 10 News” (서울 10대 뉴스) on the SMG website or web search engines.
  • 2020.11.07

    Reformed social distancing system

    The ROK government has implemented a reformed social distancing system divided into five levels for sustainable responses and countermeasures against the inevitably prolonged situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the SMG is continuing to emphasize citizens to wear masks, maintain visitor logs for facilities, and comply with ordinances and regulations for disease control and prevention.
  • 2020.10.26

    Reinforced disease control and prevention for upcoming Halloween Day

    The SMG is to conduct intensive inspections on whether core items of regulations for disease control and prevention are implemented at entertainment facilities in Itaewon and Hongdae as well as in the vicinity of Konkuk University, Gangnam Station, Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Education Station and Sinchon Station during peak hours of clubs and other Halloween-related events (10 PM to 3 AM) during the Halloween weekend until Sat, Oct. 31. Violators will be subject to prosecution based on the SMG’s “one strike, you’re out” initiative.
  • 2020.10.21

    Introduction of a simple COVID-19 diagnostic test request system

    The SMG introduced a new system for primary medical institutions, such as local clinics, to issue COVID-19 diagnostic test request forms for suspected patients to get tested at a public health center’s COVID-19 screening clinic. This has created a groundbreaking cooperative system between public and private spheres to monitor fevers and detect COVID-19 early to block local infections.
  • 2020.10.20

    Exhibition of 120 photographs depicting current conditions of COVID-19

    The SMG is exhibiting 120 pieces of international press photos, featuring decisive moments that capture the frustrations and hopes of mankind in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Seoul International Photojournalism Exhibition: 2020 Seoul of New Hope” will be held from Oct. 20 to Dec. 20 via the official website and social media.
  • 2020.10.12

    Support of up to KRW 1 million for households with critical levels of livelihood

    Up to KRW 1 million in cash will be offered as emergency assistance for households experiencing critical levels of livelihood with more than a 25% drop in income due to COVID-19. Online submissions began on Oct. 12 while offline on Oct. 19.
  • 2020.10.12

    Adjustment of quarantine and coexistent social distancing to level 1

    The level of social distancing was reduced to level 1, effective midnight on Oct. 12, with the end of the special Chuseok quarantine period on Oct. 11. Some level 2 measures will continue to be enforced for close sustainable quarantine. Gatherings at a majority of high-risk facilities will be limited, and public facilities will restart operations. Banned gatherings of more than 10 individuals in the Seoul area will be changed to 100 individuals, and the wearing of masks will continue to be mandatory. The effectiveness of quarantine measures will be secured with strong actions, which include full observance of quarantine measures, the “one strike, you’re out” principle for violation of regulations, and compensation for damages.