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COVID-19 Advisory for Indian Nationals in RoK dated February 23,2020

Posted on: February 24, 2020 | Back | Print

Embassy has been receiving phone calls and e-mails from several Indian nationals regarding the increase in the number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in Korea over the past few days. ROK Government has today raised the virus alert level to "red".  However, ROK Govt has also reported that these cases are largely centered in Daegu and the neighboring north Gyeongsang province. In this situation, Indian nationals in ROK are advised to take the following precautions so as to protect themselves from the virus:


1. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 


2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, especially when outdoors. 


3. Wear masks while using public transport and moving around outside. Cough or sneeze into your sleeves, if you are not wearing a mask.


4. Disinfect surfaces like door handles, elevator buttons etc frequently. 


5. Avoid public gatherings as much as possible.


6. Refrain from contact with sick people. 


7. Avoid physical contact with strangers. The Indian ‘namastey’ greeting is best.


8.  In case of symptoms such as fever and respiratory problems (coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) within 14 days after arriving in Korea, please call the KCDC Call Center at +82-2-1339.


Korean Government has declared Daegu and Cheongdo county in Gyeongbuk as "Special Care zones". In this situation, please reconsider non-essential travel to these places.


Please note the contact details of the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) for additional information. 




 - KCDC Hotline: +82-2-1339

 * Services available 24/7

 - 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

 - Seoul Dasan Call Center: +82-2-120 → 9 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian)

 - Ministry of Justice, foreigner assistance hotline: +82-2-1345 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and 15 other languages)

 * It is recommended to contact 1339 first. Numbers other than 1339 can provide basic assistance on finding designated clinics for coronavirus disease and disease prevention.


Website: www.cdc.go.kr (Korean, English)


Please visit the Indian Embassy website and social media pages for regular updates on the COVID-19 virus.



6 PM KST February 23, 2020