COVID-19 Information Guideline on South Korea

South Korea is regarded as one of the most successful countries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the daily number of new cases varies between 500 – 700. Especially the province Jeollanam-do has very low numbers of new cases. These numbers vary between 0 and 5 per day in Jeollanam-do (as of the beginning of 2021).

Visa Application

The South Korean government has suspended visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans. Therefore, in order to visit Jeollanam-do and South Korea, regardless of the purpose, one has to obtain a visa through the local Korean embassy.

Upon Arrival

As of January 8th, 2021, all foreign residents entering Korea, must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate. A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is deemed valid only when issued within 72 hours prior to departure.

Furthermore, all inbound travelers, including Korean citizens, must quarantine themselves for 14 days upon their arrival in Korea.

    1. Korean nationals and foreign nationals who reside in Korea will self-quarantine at their place of residence for 14 days.

    2. Foreign nationals who are short-term visitors in Korea, Korean nationals and/or foreign residents whose place of residence is deemed not suitable for quarantine, will serve the quarantine at a designated government facility at their own cost (KRW2,100,000 per person).

Exceptions:

   1. A-1, A-2 and A-3 visa holders with negative test results from COVID-19 diagnostic testing will be subjected to “Active Monitoring” (instead of 14 days quarantine), which includes daily submission of health status information via the ‘Self Diagnosis App’ and phone calls from health authorities throughout their stay in Korea.

    2. Travelers who received Quarantine Exemption Certificate from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea before the trip. ​

(information provided by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

How to get to Jeollanam-do

As of June 2020, all direct KTX and express buses from Incheon International Airport to Jeollanam-do are being suspended. If arriving at Incheon International Airport travelers must take a shuttle bus from the airport to Gwangmyeong Station where they can transfer to a KTX to Jeollanam-do. After departing the KTX in Jeollanam-do, one is being directly transferred to the designated quarantine facility.

For further information please visit the official website of the South Korean government providing current status & useful guidelines regarding COVID-19:

http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/en/

For further information on how to apply for a visa for Korea, please contact your local Korean embassy or visit the website of Korea Immigration Service:

https://www.immigration.go.kr/immigration_eng/index.do

Food products from Jeollanamdo in Europe

Products from Jeollanamdo will be available for purchase on Amazon Europe in the near future. Jeollanamdo has registered their own brand in America and is currently in the process of registering it in the EU and the UK. Under the slogan “Jeollanamdo The Kitchen of Korea” various food products from Jeollanamdo are already being sold in America through Amazon and there are plans, to do the same here in Europe.  
For now, the plan is to make about 60 different food products from Jeollanamdo available in Europe through Amazon, and make Jeollanamdos food products better available for the public in Europe, without expensive shipping costs. The products will be available on Amazon here in Europe, the latest at the beginning of next year.

In America the products are already available through Amazon here

South Koreas biggest wind farm in Jeollanamdo

In April 2019 South Koreas biggest wind farm opened in Yeonggwang, Jeollanamdo. It was constructed by Korea East-West Power Co., a subsidiary of KEPCO, the state-run power utility corporation.

It is South Koreas largest 140-megawatt (MW) wind farm and capable of producing 260,000 megawatt-hour electricity annually. The wind farm can supply about 72,000 households, and in terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, it is expected to reduce about 111,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The wind farm was completed in three stages. The first two facilities were completed in 2014 and 2015 with 20 MW and 40 MW capacity, and in 2019 in the third stage, the last facility with 79.6 MW capacity was completed, making it a wind farm with about 140 MW in total.

To build the complex 409.7 billion won were spent. The complex will be overseen by 45 locally-hired employees and it houses 66 wind power turbines from local companies.

The complex is also special, since it is the first wind farm, where farmers can use the land between the wind turbines to grow crops or vegetables or use the space for other purposes.

Source: Pulse