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4 Things To Know Before Heading To Korea (From Malaysia!) This 2022

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Siti Ayeeshah Zaki  •  Mar 31, 2022

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If you're missing walking amongst Cherry Blossoms or re-enacting your favourite K-Drama Scenes in Itaewon, Busan, Jeju and Nami Island, we've got good news for you. Malaysians can now enter South Korea without a visa! Valid for short term visits, this means that travel to Korea will once again become reality
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But before you head off, you've got to be prepared. From PCR Tests to Insurance, here are 4 things you need to know about travelling to Korea from Malaysia this 2022.
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Travelling to Korea From Malaysia 2022

1. K-ETA

 Effective 30 March 2022, you're going to need to apply for the K-ETA in order to enter Korea. This electronic travel authorisation form is for visa-free foreign visitors who wish to travel to Korea short-term! Here are a few things you'll need to remember when applying for the K-ETA A. Apply for the K-ETA at least 24 hours prior to boarding your plane, as it takes time for the form to process and be approved. Plus, you're going to need some lead time in case of any emergencies. We recommend applying 2-3 days before so you won't have to rush! B. It costs about RM35 to apply for the K-ETA, so be sure to have your credit card ready. ☺️ C. Information required for the form include your email address, passport information and trip information. You might need to have your itinerary ready! P.S. Find Out Whether Your Favourite Halal Stalls Are Still Open In Myeongdong, South Korea Here!

2. PCR Tests

As many trips post-covid 19 require, you're going to need a negative PCR Test result before your trip. This PCR Test has to be taken within 48 hours prior to your departure. You'll also need to register the negative results in your Q-Code (more on that below)! P.S. Check Out This Muslim-Friendly Everland Guide: 14 Tips To Conquering South Korea's Largest Theme Park

3. Quarantine Exemption

Oh hey, more good news! Malaysians who are fully vaccinated do not need to be quarantined once you've arrived in Korea 🤩 But of course, you'll need proof of vaccination for this. Head to Korea's Q-Code  website to have your vaccination details recorded. Information that you'll need for this form include a valid airline ticket, the valid confirmation of negative Covid-19 test results, and your health conditions. Entry and stay information will also be required, so make sure to have your trip's details finalised for this! Once filled, a QR code will be issued to you for you to use in Korea as valid proof of vaccination! P.S. Here Are 5 Halal & Muslim-Friendly Restaurants You Can Still Find In Seoul This 2022!

4. Travel Insurance

While it is highly encouraged for you to take travel insurance (lest you get covid-19 while on vacation in Korea!), travel insurance is not compulsory for you to head to Korea. 🤗 P.S. Here Are 10 Affordable Family-Friendly Accommodations (Under USD100!) Near South Korea's Top Attractions Ready to head over to the land of K-Pop and K-Dramas? Cause once you've followed these steps, you'll be all set! Just don't forget your (valid) passport and luggage bag 😉