Health & Safety Rules
All contacts must conduct self-monitoring of their health conditions for 14 days. They should check their body temperature every morning and evening as well as health condition for the main symptoms of COVID-19, including fever (37.5⁰C or higher), coughing, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, pneumonia once a day. They also must report to the public health authorities or an assigned case officer in case of the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
The Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App connects those in self-quarantine to their assigned case officers, allowing the officers to check them twice a day and to get notified when any contacts break the self-quarantine order.
Only upon a prior consent of the persons in self-quarantine, the authorities can utilize cellular GPS data. Meanwhile, the joint government inspection team and the competent public health center can monitor their compliance with self-quarantine guidelines through random on-site inspections.
Management of Persons under Self-Quarantine
16 A Notice of Isolation/Quarantine is issued pursuant to the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, and a government officer visits the person under self-quarantine and provides the guidelines, a thermometer, personal sanitation kits, etc.
17 Monitor persons in quarantine comply with the guidance, such as breaking self-quarantine;
check their symptoms such as coughing and fever; and handle other difficulties they might face in.
Conducts an epidemiological
investigation and contact
KCDC, local governments
Issues the Notice of Isolation/
Quarantine16/ government officer visits/
provides an explanation.
(Public health centers)
A case officer is assigned. / Education is provided.
Local governments (Dedicated team)
(twice a day)
Local governments (Assigned case
Enters the results into the
(Public health centers)
All About Korea’s Response to COVID-19
Installation Guidelines for the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App18
Self-Check Mobile App Installation Instructions
People with A visas - Diplomat (A-1), Government Official (A-2) - or a Quarantine Exemption Certificate issued by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea should install the Self-Check Mobile App and record their daily health status on the App for 14 days after their arrival in Korea. The personal details entered in the Self-Check Mobile App should match the information submitted in the Travel Record Special Declaration. If there is a change to your personal details, you should update the information on the App. You may receive SMS reminders to submit your daily health status for 14 days after entry into Korea. Please check your health conditions on the App every day.
Guide on the Installation of “Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App”
All Korean citizens and foreign nationals with long-term visas must install the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety and abide by the guidelines for self-quarantined persons including submitting their health status on the Self-Check Mobile App for a period of 14 days. If you leave your quarantine area without permission during your home quarantine period or otherwise fail to comply with quarantine guidelines, you will be required to wear a Safety Band on your wrist. If you still refuse to comply, you will be ordered to quarantine at a designated facility.
In the event of their non-compliance with the self-quarantine rules, the Korean government is taking prompt response measures with inter-ministerial cooperation. Public officials encourage voluntary return by persuading and notifying such violators of fines that may be imposed. If the person still leaves their quarantine area without a permit and refuses to return, criminal charges will be filed against the violator or forceful isolation may be enforced at a temporary residential facility.
18 COVID-19 Quarantine Response Guidelines (Eighth Edition)
Key Sectors inKorea’s Response to COVID-19
The Korean government implements the One-Strike Out system, which immediately enforces such measures to non-compliants without any justi- fiable reasons to ensure the effectiveness of self-quarantine management. In this process, an on-site inspection is conducted unexpectedly by the police upon the request from the health authorities and local governments. The police track down whereabouts of the violator who is handed over to the health authorities eventually.
Recently, the Korean government has enhanced the monitoring of those who violate the self-quarantine guidelines via ICT; for example, the violator of the 14-day guidelines must wear a Safety Band, an electronic wristband for tracing. If the person refuses to wear the Safety Band, they will be quarantined at a temporary residential facility. And those who refuse to install the Self-Quarantine Safety Protection App or do not have a mobile phone will be transferred at a temporary residential facility as well.
Procedures for a Safety Band
(assigned case officer,
police) Step 1
Band and gain consent to
Safety Band is activated.
(Local public health officer helps put on Safe Band.)
Issue Notice for Quarantine
at a temporary residential
Check if the person has
returned to their place for quarantine.
Transport the person
to the temporary residential facility.
File charges against the
File charges against the person
and take them into custody for questioning by the police if necessary.