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If you’re flying outbound from Incheon Airport, you’ll most likely need to get your hands on negative COVID-19 test results in English within 72 hours before boarding the plane. The following are my suggestions on where to take your COVID-19 PCR test in Seoul, South Korea. Of course, good luck and safe travels!

Check Airline, State, and Country Restrictions

Don’t forget to check airline and state/country restrictions. For example, the state of Hawaii is only accepting test results from the following four hospitals in Korea in order to by-pass the state’s 10-day traveler quarantine: (1) Yonsei University Health System Severance Hospital (Seoul), (2) Kangbuk Samsung Hospital (Seoul), (3) Asan Medical Center (Seoul), and (4) Inha University Hospital (Incheon). If you’re flying to Hawaii, you can read more about the testing restrictions on Hawaiian Airlines and the Hawaii State website.

There is some mixed news about Korean Air and Asiana airlines potentially accepting results in Korean rather than English for boarding their airline. This article, “대한항공·아시아나 한글 ‘코로나 음성확인서’ 허용” (Korean Air and Asiana allow ‘corona negative confirmation’ in Korean), from Korea Daily on June 30th, 2021, states that “As of the 30th of last month, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, respectively, through their websites, specify that the ‘COVID19 PCR negative confirmation certificate’, which is a required document for entering the United States, can be written in Korean as well as English.” Please double-check with your airline to see whether or not Korean test results will be valid ahead of time, but if so, the costs of testing may be cheaper than finding a place to issue an English medical certificate.

Expect to Pay for Your Test Results (When Leaving Korea)

As far as I know, PCR tests for international flights with results in English are not completely covered by insurance, so expect to pay between 110,000 to 400,000 KRW for PCR test results. Unfortunately, the free COVID-19 testing centers — like public health centers — in Seoul do not offer certificates that are required for flying.

Side Note: Just to clarify, this does not apply to those flying into South Korea. If you’re looking for information about taking a COVID-19 test to satisfy quarantine requirements when arriving from overseas into South Korea, you can look at My Self-Quarantine Experience in South Korea and Everything I Know About Travel Restrictions in South Korea in 2020 and 2021. Visitors arriving at Incheon Airport — depending on their visa status and if they must quarantine — will most likely either be taken to a quarantine facility for short-term visitors (tourists) or are allowed to quarantine at home (long-term visa-holders, Korean nationals, and those eligible for quarantine exemption for business purposes, family reasons, etc).

For those quarantining at home, you will be assigned a case officer in most cases and will generally have to walk to a local public health center or screening center within the first day or two of arrival. In that case, your test will most likely be covered by the Korean government. The information is constantly changing, so I would recommend contacting your local Korean embassy to see what is required upon arrival in South Korea.

Taking an Antigen Test Instead for the United States

If you’re flying to the United States, you may just need an antigen test which is considerably cheaper than a PCR test. For example, at the Incheon Airport COVID-19 Test Center, the antigen is only 24,180 KRW.

According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control, US), “passengers must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).” Please check your airline and/or local embassy for specific requirements.

Where can I get a PCR test in Seoul, South Korea?

For the most accurate information, you can call 1339 to find the nearest COVID-19 screening center. There are many, many places to take the test, so this list is not the end-all, be-all but merely suggestions. You can also take a look at hospitals and clinics that offer COVID-19 tests by going to the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea.

If there are any other places that you’d like to add or have had positive (or negative) experiences at, please leave a comment down below and share the wealth of information for future travelers!

And if you want to read up on the latest travel restrictions to/from South Korea, visit the post, Everything I Know About Travel Restrictions in South Korea in 2020 and 2021.

Update (10/14/2021): I have heard some chatter that it may be possible to get a PCR test at a local public health center for free and then presenting the text message with negative results to a local hospital to get an English certificate for 20-30,000 KRW as a way of saving money.

However, I DO NOT recommend this method as there are hospitals that may refuse you or the results may end up not being valid for travel. As test results need to be done within a 48-72 hour period before your flight, this could end up being a very expensive mistake. In my case, I would rather shell out the money to pay for a test that I know will fulfill the exact requirements of the airline and country that I am flying to.

Definitely, look ahead at the country’s requirements for testing. Many countries only require a negative antigen test as proof which has a short turnaround and is much less expensive than PCR tests.

Incheon Airport COVID-19 Test Center

The Incheon Airport COVID-19 Test Center is available by appointment only and opens on weekends. The PCR test at Incheon Airport costs 120,990 KRW (without Korean health insurance) and the certificate issuance fee is 30,000 KRW. In order to get the test results on the same day, you must take the test early in the day. The Incheon Airport COVID-19 Test Center operating hours are between 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends (lunch break is between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

Take note that if you have Korean health insurance such as NHIS, you will be paying the same price as the locals or Korean nationals.

the cost of COVID-19 testing at Incheon Airport

You can call the center at 032-741-9000 to make an appointment. Online registration is also available. The Incheon Airport COVID-19 Test Center is located at the parking lot on the west side of the 1st basement floor of Terminal 2 (in front of the pass issuance office).

Please do not wait until the last minute to book your appointment! Appointment slots are limited and are often booked at LEAST a week or so ahead. And obviously, bring your passport with you.

COVID-19 PCR Testing Times at Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea
Antigen Testing at Incheon Airport

Incheon Medical Center

If you’re already in Incheon, you can take the PCR test with an English medical certificate at the Incheon Medical Facility (not the airport.) The cost of testing will be approximately 160,000 won to 200,000 won according to an old notice from 2020 on their website, however, I’ve heard more recently that the cost of the PCR test is about 80,000 won, the English certificate is 20,000 won with an additional fee of 1,000 won. Definitely call ahead to check the price when making an appointment. One Korean traveler also noted being able to take the PCR test for flying on a Sunday at Incheon Medical Center’s emergency room.

The Incheon Medical Center is located at 217, Bangchuk-ro, Dong-gu, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Incheon Medical Center is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, you can call them at 032-580-6148 (English/Vietnamese), 032-580-6149 (Chinese), 032-580-6152 (Korean/English). There are several international staff members that you can email directly at xvanvipham@icmc.or.kr, se_gil@icmc.or.kr, and asura505@icmc.or.kr.

National Medical Center

The National Medical Center is located at 245, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Naver Map). The total cost of PCR testing with English results at the National Medical Center should be about 205,710 KRW. The PCR test will cost 185,710 won and the English medical certificate will cost an additional 20,000 won. You can also call them at 02-2260-7114 for more information.

I’ve attached a medical notice from the National Medical Center regarding PCR testing for overseas travel below and ran it through Yandex translator. The translation is not the best, but you get the idea. Most importantly, the National Medical Center is open on weekends and holidays.

Chung-Ang University Hospital

The PCR test with English test results should cost about 157,000 won in total. This price includes the COVID-19 PCR test cost of about 117,000 won, a medical fee of about 20,000 won, and the English certificate fee of 20,000 won. The hospital is located at 102, Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Korea, and there is an International Healthcare department for Russian, English, Mongolian, Chinese and Japanese translation. You can call Chung-Ang University Hospital at 02-6299-3023/3025 or email them directly at cauic@caumc.or.kr.

Seoul Sacred Heart Hospital

It’s been reported that Seoul Sacred Heart Hospital also offers English PCR test results for traveling and will cost you around 115,000 KRW in total. The COVID-19 test fee is 95,000 won, the English medical certificate costs 20,000 won, and there’s an optional doctor’s note for an additional 20,000 won if necessary. Seoul Sacred Heart Hospital is located at 259 Choui-ro, Cheongnyangri-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul. You can reach them by calling them at 02-966-1616 or by emailing them directly at sungsim1991@naver.com.

Seoul Children’s Hospital

The total cost of the PCR test with an English certificate is 103,860 KRW. The PCR test fee is approximately 92,860 won and the English confirmation certificate issuance fee is about 11,000 won. You can call the Seoul Children’s Hospital at 02-570-8000 for more information.

The Seoul Children’s Hospital address is 260 Heolleung-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울 서초구 헌릉로 260 서울시립어린이병원, Naver Map) You do not need a reservation prior to visiting, according to those that have recently visited. Their visiting hours for COVID-19 screening are Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

It will take approximately 24-48 hours from start to finish to receive the test results in English, and if you test in the morning, you’ll receive your English certificate in the afternoon the following day. If tested on a Friday, documents are issued on Monday. You will have to pick up the results in person and bring your passport again.

Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital

One of the cheaper options in Seoul, you can also take the COVID-19 PCR test at Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital (59 Daesagwan-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul). Their phone number is 02-709-9058. The cost of the PCR test at Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital will be between 120,000-140,000 KRW depending on whether you hold Korean insurance. The COVID-19 test cost is 76,940 won, the medical fee is about 22,370 won, and the cost of issuing a medical certificate in English is 20,000 won. You can read more about the test certificate on their website. You must bring your passport and ARC (if you have one.)

Gangnam Severance Hospital

You can head to Gangnam Severance Hospital (211 Eonju-ro, Dogok 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) to take a PCR test with English results ready for you the next day. You won’t need to make an appointment, but you’ll need to bring your identification (ARC and passport) as well as your flight information.

Some people have said that getting their results from Gangnam Severance Hospital can cost up to around 400,000 KRW, so definitely check out smaller hospitals and clinics if possible. If you have the time, shop around.

The International Clinic at Yonsei Severance Hospital

The International Health Care Center at Yonsei Severance Hospital (50-1 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul) also offers PCR testing for international flights with results that can usually be picked up after 5 p.m. and an English certificate ready the next day. The cost of the PCR test may cost up to 284,970 KRW depending on whether you have Korean health insurance.

The International Clinic’s reception is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. You can call the International Clinic in English at 02-2228-5800.

The pre-screening clinic for a COVID-19 test is open by appointment from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. You can make an appointment directly on their Korean website, Hawaii Visitor Pre-screening Program.

the cost of a coronavirus test and english medical certificate at yonsei severance hospital

Kangbuk Samsung Hospital

The PCR COVID-19 test for travel at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital (29 Saemunan-ro, Gyonam-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul) will cost around 111,000 KRW — the COVID-19 PCR test priced at 110,000 won and the test result certificate at 1,000 won — according to my latest inquiry with the International Health Services department on May 14th, 2021. I’m assuming there may also be taxes added on, and additionally, it is not covered by health insurance. The International Health Services department can be contacted by phone at 02-2001-5100 or e-mail at kbsmc.ic@samsung.com. You can also make an online reservation. Operating hours are between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays only.

Samsung Medical Center

Samsung Medical Center (81 Irwon-ro, Irwon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) also offers the COVID-19 test with English results. After speaking with a staff member there on May 14th, 2021, she informed me that the cost of the test itself is 328,000 KRW (weekdays) or 380,090 KRW (weekends). Test results are sent via email on the following day. For tests done on Fridays or Saturdays, the results will be sent by email on the following Monday. For a medical statement, you have to see the doctor, and the consultation costs will be 70,000 KRW. So, the total cost will be at least 398,000 KRW. To speak to hospital staff in English, you can call 02-3410-0200 or e-mail the International Health Services at ihs.smc@samsung.com. You can also fill out their online form.

Where can I get a rapid antigen test in Seoul, South Korea?

When looking for rapid antigen tests (신속항원검사는) in South Korea, I’ve heard that your best bet would be to find otolaryngology clinics instead of big hospitals which usually offer only PCR testing. The benefit of only needing an antigen test is that the documents and the testing can be prepared the same day and usually within the hour. They’re also significantly cheaper than PCR testing albeit not as accurate.

Again, these are only quick suggestions on where to go if you need an antigen or PCR test in South Korea, however, if you want to find something closer to your location, I highly recommend looking at this list of screen clinics on the Ministry of Health and Welfare website. You can use the Google Translate plugin on the Chrome browser to switch the language from Korean to English. The contact information for the hospital or clinic is provided as well as hours and location. Public Health Centers cannot give you a free PCR or antigen test with English certificates for traveling, and you will have to pay for your test results. Major hospitals are also often more expensive. If you only need an antigen test, look for an ENT or otolaryngology clinic.

List of COVID-19 Screening Clinics in South Korea, provided by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

Seocho St. Mary’s E.N.T. Clinic

If you only need an antigen test — for a flight to the United States, for example — you can try going to the Seocho St. Mary’s E.N.T. Clinic (Seocho Sungmo Otolaryngology Clinic or 서초성모이비인후과의원). The clinic is located at 3, Banpo-daero 21-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul (Naver Map). The antigen test itself will only take about half an hour and the cost will be 59,100 KRW.

Min’s Otolaryngology Clinic

Again, if you need rapid antigen testing done, check your local otolaryngology (ears/throat) clinic. Min’s Otolaryngology Clinic (민이비인후과의원) is located on the 2nd floor, Seongbo Building, 10 Teheran-ro 26-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Naver Map). The cost of rapid antigen testing is 69,100 KRW here.

Jongno Yonsei Otolaryngology Clinic

You can take an antigen test at Jongno Yonsei Otolaryngology Clinic (종로연세이비인후과의원) for around 55,000 KRW. The clinic is located on the 3rd floor, 57 Sambong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Naver Map), near Jonggak and Gwanghwamun Station. The results will be issued within 20-40 minutes. Appointments can be made in advance, and operating hours are between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Dana’s Department of Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine

Seolleung Dana Ivy Throat Clinic (선릉다나아이비인후과의원) also provides antigen and PCR testing with English results. For PCR tests, the website says that the PCR test costs around 120,000 KRW with English results available the next day. The antigen cost is about 70,000 KRW.

Cost of PCR Test and Antigen Test at The Seolleung Dana Ivy Throat Clinic in Gangnam, Seoul

One of the reasons why I recommend this clinic? It is one of the few clinics in Gangnam that is actually open on weekends, including Sundays. I was able to book an appointment for an antigen test way ahead of time by messaging them on Naver Talk in English. I know well how stressful it is to find a clinic that is open on Sundays in South Korea. It ain’t easy — especially as a foreigner.

The Seolleung Dana Ivy Throat Clinic is located on the third floor of 310, Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울 강남구 테헤란로 310, Naver Map).

According to Naver, their hours are:

  • Weekdays 09: 00-20: 00 (Lunch break 13: 00-14:00)
  • Saturday 09: 00-18:00 (Lunch break 13: 00-14:00)
  • Sunday 10:00 17:00 (Lunch break 13: 00-14: 00)
  • Public holidays 10:00-17: 00 (Lunch break 13: 00-14:00)

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77 comments on “Where to Get a COVID-19 PCR Test in Seoul with English Test Results for Traveling

      • Did anyone find the cheaper Antigen NAAT test (not PCR) in Seoul?
        Since my flight is in the morning I would have to drive just for testing to ICN the day before

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    • I can attest that today’s preflight PCR test for me and a few families a few weeks ago for Kangbuk Samsung Centre is still only 109K. Still one of the best rates in the city

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      • Ken, kindly if you know,,,procedure at the Kang Buk Sam Sung Hosp for the COVID PCR test for travel, as I read, another poster couple weeks ago,, you just go without appointment,,,tents are outside,,,get the test,,,ask for copies in KR and English language, pay extra,,,pick up results next day??? one person posted this as appointment not needed…..Also,,I am not traveling to Seoul until later this year when all is somewhat better…

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        • Sorry I’m just reading this now. No appt required. Just show up – testing site is at a coverted parking lot area beside the main building. Pick up next day in building A – can request English

          • Ken,, I am american…END of this year, when things are better in Japan/korea…I will go to Seoul..visa free 90 days…after 80 days I will get the Covid PCR test for travel at Kang Buk Sam Sung Hospital…fly to Japan, ONLY transit returning to Korea same afternoon…(I have done this so many times in past years)..the Covid PCR travel test I get at Kang Buk Hospital, this should provide the easy re-entry back into Korea as it will have been taken within the 72 hours of exit and re-entry to Korea…..Your thoughts..I see nothing wrong with my plan…THANKS MUCH..Charles Baker……….cdb1944@hotmail.com…..

        • Charles, not PCR-related, but just wanna chime in and remind people that they are requiring Electronic Visa Authorization starting September 2021 for normally visa-free travelers from the United States and other visa-free countries as a way to crack down on illegal stays (overstaying the tourist visa and doing visa runs) as well as controlling people coming in from COVID-19 hot spots.

          You can read more here on the Itaewon Global Village Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/itaewonglobalvillage/posts/2854543921478023)
          and I’ve also written about the Electronic Visa Authorization here – https://momotherose.com/blog/2020/06/08/travel-restrictions-in-korea-2020/#electronic_travel_authorization_in_south_korea

        • As of 8 July, No Walk-ins appointments. Must schedule appointments at least two days prior to your flight.

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          • Any major hospital/clinic that gives the Covid PCR test should work fine…I have no idea how long it takes some other hospitals to give the test results…Just read (in this forum) about the samsungkangbuk hospital giving results within 24 hours..

      • hi Ken. Thanks for sharing. How many days does it take to get the result after you take the test? Also, did they accept payment via Visa credit card? Thanks

        • U pay by credit card on testing day. The next day results available in bulding A. They text u that it’s ready on ur Korean SIM if u have one; else usually can show up the next day.

          • Can I pay for Covid PCR test with USA Debit Card and or Korean Currency or ONLY with Credit Card???

          • Can I pay for Covid PCR test with USA Debit Card and or Korean Currency or ONLY with Credit Card??? AT SAM SUNG KANG BUK HOSPITAL???

          • HI Ken…Paying for the Covid PCR test…Can I pay in Local Korean WON currency?? or they ONLY accept payment with Credit Card…THANKS if you know…I e-mailed the hospital but of course NO reply…I am planning my future trip to Seoul and getting as much advance info as I can..thanks

  • Thank you so much for this article. It has been a bit of a nightmare trying to navigate where to go. The phone tree to make a reservation at ICN ends up hanging up on you – so frustrating. Really appreciate the information you provide on your site!

  • The Incheon airport testing centre claims that the appointments are available only one day before the test, but something seems strange when I am trying to enter tomorrow’s date ( tried throughout the day, at 12am, 9am, 11am etc…) they claim that every slot is unavailable. Tried calling, but the answering machine just hangs up on me. I am flying in a week and I live in Busan, so it makes things a bit more complicated

    • Replying to my own post, because the situation got resolved. I have managed to reach them on the phone very early in the morning, a very polite guy answered spoke in English, made an appointment in a week. They only had two appointments left and that is 6 days from now, please book as early as possible.

      • You are right — book early as you can. I’d say right after making your plane booking.

        I just got an appt for the day of departure. Made my reservation 9 days out and I think the rep I spoke to just worked us in for that day because the online reservation system wasn’t showing anything.

  • Is Kangbuk Samsung still the same price? Do I need an appointment to get tested or are walk-ups accepted? I keep trying to call their International Health Services at 02-2001-5100 but it seems like no one picks up.

    • Hi Allen!

      I emailed the Kangbuk Samsung International Clinic about 1 month ago (May 14, 2021) and they said:

      “For PCR COVID19 Test for traveling abroad, there [is] no coverage for National Health Insurance at this moment. Here [is] the estimated price for [the] PCR COVID19 Test [at] our hospital.

      Estimated cost for PCR COVID-19 Test:

      – COVID-19 PCR test : 110,000won
      – COVID-19 Test Result Certificate : 1,000won”

      I’m pretty sure it’s still the same, but here is the email for the International Clinic in case you want to check with them there!

      Kangbuk Samsung International Clinic Telephone: 82-2-2001-5100
      Kangbuk Samsung International Clinic Email: kbsmc.ic@samsung.com

      Ken (in the comment thread above) also mentioned that, “No appt required. Just show up – testing site is at a coverted parking lot area beside the main building. Pick up next day in building A – can request English”

      • HI: At kangbuk samsung intl clinic…Can I pay for Covid PCR test with USA Debit Card and or Korean Currency or ONLY with Credit Card??? Thanks…

  • Guys, I figured out the way to get a COVID test for free for travel. Go to the Dongan-Gu Public Health Center in Anyang. I believe they are open everyday besides Saturday from 9am-5pm. If you must get a test on a Saturday, then you need to get the test done at the nearby Lotte Department Store. Make sure you tell them to write your name in English also. Once you are done with the test, you need to return the next business day and they will print out the document required for travel. Mine came out in English and Korean. It says your name, date of birth, the type of test in English which was a PCR test, and the result in English which was “negative. Hope this can help you guys save money.

    • Hey, I got a friend to call this Dongan-gu Health Centre but they’re saying there’s no such thing. They also said I’ll have to get the test at a hospital if I want the result. Did you make an appointment there or did you just do a walk in? If I’m based in Seoul, can I get tested there?

    • Hi, sorry for the late reply I just read this. What I basically did was go to Dongan-Gu office on a Saturday. They were closed, but it said on their front door to go to the Lotte Department Store I got the test done there and told the guy working there to write my name in English. They sent me a text message the next day saying my test came back negative. I went back to the Dongan-Gu office on Monday and I went in there and asked them to print out a document that shows that I received a negative test. It was indeed in English and afterwards I asked if they also do tests for foreigners, which they replied yes. If you would like, I can email you a picture of my document. Hope this can help.

      • Hi Sean thanks for this. Do you think the test centre at Lotte Department Store is open on Sunday? My flight is on Tuesday. I was wondering if I should head there now. Could you let me know what is your kakao ID so I can contact you there?

        • Hello, I’m so sorry I read this now but I’m hoping that you were able to use this process to get on your flight. Please let me know if this process worked for you. Thanks.

  • Also, no I did not need an appointment. When I called, they told me to just come whenever from 9am-5pm. However, I do suggest going on a Saturday to the Lotte Department Store in Pyeongchon if you can because the line at the office was pretty long when I went to pick up my document on Monday at 9am. Just please make sure that you tell them to write your name in English when you fill out the document prior to taking the PCR Test. Some of the people that work there will tell you they don’t do such things because they’re lazy. I had all different responses from four different people. But, trust me, I got it done and now I’m in LA. When you go pick up the document at the Dongan-Gu office, just go straight through the door on your left. The door on the right are for people who are taking the test.

  • I got tested today at the National Medical Centre in Dongdaemun (국립중앙의료뤈) because Kangbuk Samsung Hospital said they were full for the day(?). It costs 121,930 and when you go in you specify at the reception tent that you are going travelling. They also said they give English translations so I’ll update tomorrow when I get the test result back. As you go to the main entrance turn right and go around the building and everything is there. Each tent is labelled and number 1 is practically at the other side of the building.

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  • Hi guys,

    I am in need of dire help. I will be departing from Korea on July 19th, 01.45 am. But I can’t find any hospitals that are open on Sundays. Because I will need to be tested on Saturday and get documents on Sunday for my 72 hours to still be valid once I land in Denmark. If I were to test myself on Friday, somewhere around 16-16.30 pm then I am afraid my 72 hours are not valid once I arrive in Denmark. So guys, do you know any hospitals that do PCR-tests, English document, and open on Sundays?

    Thank you!

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  • Hello everyone,

    Do you know whether it is possible to get the test results on the same day if you go in the mornings? My flight leaves early on Tuesday so I would not be able to get the results before leaving for the airport, and it seems difficult to do a test on Sunday. If I do it Saturday I might not be able to do it within 72 hours of departure…
    Any help is greatly appreciated. Slots at Incheon Airport are all booked 🙁

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    • I heard that National Medical Center (국립중앙의료원) is open on weekends. I had my Airbnb host call the hospital for me and this is what I got: “The operating hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s on a first-come, first-served basis without a reservation. There is an interpreter on weekdays. (02-2260-7114. And then press +1 and wait)”. I also called the hospital, and they said that it takes two days to get results back if tested on a weekend, not sure how it’ll work if tested on Sunday though. But you should definitely give them a call and just tell them that you’re a foreigner and they’ll connect you to an English speaker.

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  • Hello,

    I have a quick question regarding the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital. I will be leaving Korea in two weeks and am wondering if I get PCR-tested in the afternoon at like 4 PM maybe and on, e.g a Friday, will I be able to get the results back on Saturday? Or would I need to wait until Monday?

    Thank you beforehand for all the answers!

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  • Hey,
    On Wednesday we will try the Bupyeong Serim Hospital. They tild us we can get a antigen test with English certification. For about 50.000 won

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  • Have the prices increased recently? Min Otolaryngology Clinic says the cost of a rapid antigen test is 2 million won which seems a little bit insane?

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  • So I’m flying out on Wendesday and have been reading through the comments and seen some conflicting info! Do you need an appointment for Kangbuk Samsung Hospital or can you just walk in? And info from someone someone went recently would be very helpful!! Thank you in advance!

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    • Hi Maria, Rich B. commented above on July 8th that they are no longer accepting walk-ins and appointments need to be made two days ahead of time. I would call and/or email them to try to schedule an appointment asap! It seems like most PCR tests at major hospitals require an appointment these days.

  • Hello,
    quick record concerning the Jongro Yonsei ENT clinic !
    We are currently August Friday 6th and my flight is on August 8th 00:40 am (so let’s say tomorrow). Yesterday, I first asked for a PCR test at Korea University Anam Hospital (it is the closest for me) but the secretary told me I couldn’t get the result fast enough for my flight. I started to stress but I saw I could get a fast antigen test (and it’s cheaper) but it is so difficult to find an adress ! This article saved me !
    So, I asked for an appointment yesterday evening on Jongro Yonsei ENT clinic’s website (/!\ very important to do the pre reservation) and received an answer this morning. I got tested on the early afternoon and received my results 20 minutes after. I paid 76210 won (around 56€). The staff speaks english. They will be on holidays on the middle of August so be careful if you want to get tested there.
    Please do not wait the last minute like me to get tested or to find a center to get tested, it is unnecessary stress T_T

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  • Thank you for this-very helpful! Just a note for others- Seocho St. Mary’s E.N.T. Clinic does NOT require a reservation for the anti-gen test. You can show up whenever they are open

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  • Dear Blogger,
    I’m now helping the visitors to our company in Korea and apply for the quarantine exemption.
    Normally,. visitors with quarantine exemption should go to Public Health Center in the visiting area and have a PCR test, not have it in Normal hospital or in Incheon airport.
    I checked this information seral time with the Quarantine center in Incheon airport and PCR test center in Incheon airport,
    Only visitors who attends funeral in Korea or who has a serious symptoms, they can have a test in Incheon airport.

    Could you please revise your contents on it ?
    Otherwise, all visitors to Korea think that they can have a PCR test in Incheon airport on their arrivals.
    This is wrong infos. Please check it again and revised the contents,

    Thank you in advance,

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    • Hi YunJoung,

      Sorry, if this post was confusing. This list is intended for those traveling FROM South Korea (outbound) to overseas countries and not intended for those flying INTO South Korea. The list is important to note where one can take a test before leaving South Korea and boarding the airplane as airlines are requiring COVID-19 tests with English results when flying.

      For those coming INTO South Korea, I understand that one would take a test at a local public health center upon arrival. I’ve had to do it last year after arriving back into South Korea from the United States.

      Best regards,

    • Thank you sooo much for posting this comment! I am traveling to Korea with a business quarantine exemption and I would have made the mistake of trying to get the test at the airport upon arrival. I would have thought this despite this blog, I do not blame the blogger at all and this whole thread has really helped me know what I need to do before I return to the United States. Do you happen to know of any local health centers that are open on Saturdays that are doing the test? I arrive Saturday morning and I am now concerned that I may not be able to get the test or the results until Monday. It does not matter to me if it is in English since I need it to comply with the arrival procedures.
      I just want to say thank you again, and for helping people with this process for your company because it is a little more difficult than I expected.

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      • For arrival, you can take a special Covid designated taxi at the airport that will stop at the local public health center of where you’ll be staying. There, you’ll wait in line and get the test. The taxi driver will wait for you and then take you home when you’re done. If you don’t take the Covid taxi, you can take a pcr test usually within 72 hours by walking to the local public health center. You are usually assigned a public health officer at the airport when you give your contact information to the staff at the airport before leaving the terminal, so I’m sure your case officer will know 100%. In case of emergency, you can call the kdca upon arrival to Korea – dial 1339 – and ask for someone who speaks English

        • In my case, the case officer messaged me as soon as I got out of the airport. If you don’t have a Korean phone number, you can download KakaoTalk and give them your ID

          • These public health screening centers will fulfill your requirements upon arrival to get tested. However, when you’re leaving Korea, and you need an English certificate showing proof of antigen or pcr test, you cannot go to the same public (free) health centers. You’ll have to pay for your test at a private hospital or clinic to get the English results on paper.

        • Wow this is so helpful, thank you I appreciate you so much! I am doing this by myself and afraid of making a mistake or missing something. I did not know about the Covid designated taxi, which is really helpful because I know I am not allowed to take public transportation per the rules in the exemption certificate. It is also good to know about the case officer, I am so relieved that I may have assistance so I do not mess up. I am really grateful to you, thank you again.

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