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Update on Travel Regulations for Foreigners

Dear valued AMCHAM members: This is to inform you of an important change to Korea’s rules regarding registered aliens who re-enter Korea after traveling abroad. As previously notified on May 29, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) implemented new regulations effective June 1 that require resident aliens who travel abroad to obtain a medical certificate within 48 hours before re-entering Korea. Registered aliens who seek to re-enter the Republic of Korea within 3 weeks after departing from the country are eligible to apply for an Exemption from Medical Examination if they are traveling for the purpose of business/investment activities, journalism, or academic/research activities. Today, the Korean government informed AMCHAM of revised rules to extend the scope of eligibility for an Exemption from Medical Examination to family members. Under the revised rules, a resident alien who is traveling for one of the aforementioned purposes may apply for an Exemption from Medical Examination for family members accompanying him/her by submitting a letter of explanation and (if required) proof of family relationship. Please see the attached document for the updated application procedure with the relevant changes highlighted in blue. AMCHAM will continue its close dialogue with the Korean government to further alleviate restrictions on travel by foreign residents of Korea. Please contact the AMCHAM Government & Corporate Affairs Team (govcorp@amchamkorea.org, 02.6201.2240) should you have any questions. Thank you. AMCHAM Korea


Important Notice: Recent Travel-Related Regulations for Fore…

Dear AMCHAM members: On Monday, May 25, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced that effective June 1, Korea would implement new requirements for Korean visa holders to re-enter Korea after travel abroad in order to prevent inflow of COVID-19 from overseas. The originally announced measures are outlined below: 1. Korea will require re-entry permits for long-term visa holders (excluding A-1, A-2, A-3, and F-4 visas). If the permit is not obtained at a local immigration office before departing Korea, the resident visa status will be cancelled. 2. When returning to Korea, a foreign resident must undergo a medical examination 48 hours prior to departure and present a signed certificate issued by an authorized medical institution to immigration officials upon arrival. 3. Returning long-term residents must still be tested upon arrival and submit to a mandatory two-week quarantine. Immediately after these measures were announced, AMCHAM’s Government & Corporate Affairs Team led by Joon Huh met with senior officials in various agencies to address concerns of our members, and the burden this unnecessarily placed on personal and business travel. As a result of these consultations, the officials agreed to provide alternatives. On May 29, the relevant officials from the Korean government visited AMCHAM, and we are pleased to inform you that after careful consideration of concerns raised, MOJ has agreed to modify the new requirements as follows: 1. Korea will establish an on-line application system so that travelers can easily obtain re-entry permits by mid-June. Approval will be given within 15-30 minutes of application. 2. When traveling on official purpose (business/investment, press, academic/research) for less than 3 weeks, the requirement for a medical certificate 48 hours prior to departure will be waived. The traveler needs to apply for the waiver from the Immigration Office in advance, prior to leaving Korea. 3. For non-official travel, one should still undergo a medical examination 2 (extendable up to 3) working days prior to departure for Korea. A Korean-language summary of the modified requirements can be found on the MOJ website. These decisive actions are an indication of the Korean Government’s willingness to fully listen to concerns and to take immediate action as necessary. We know that these actions may not satisfy 100% of the concerns that you may have. However, this is a GREAT first step. AMCHAM will continue to monitor this issue and take necessary and appropriate action to protect the interests of our members. Thank you for you continued support. Regards, James Kim Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Jones Chairman of the Board of Governors


AMCHAM's Efforts to Promote Innovation in Korean Healthcare …

The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM Korea) hosted the 10th AMCHAM Healthcare Innovation Seminar on Friday, June 14, at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. This year’s seminar was particularly special as it marked the 10th anniversary of the seminar’s establishment. Around 200 representatives from the Korean and U.S. governments, industries and academia gathered to share their insight through presentations and panel discussions under the theme of “People-Centric Healthcare: Towards Sustainability and Innovation.” The seminar aims to facilitate an open and constructive dialogue on innovation in the healthcare industry. In his congratulatory remarks, H.E. Kim Ganglip, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, thanked AMCHAM’s efforts in paving the way forward for the cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Korea as well as the healthy ecosystem for the healthcare industry. He pledged to work closely with the private sector, who are on the frontlines of collaboration and innovation in the healthcare industry. George Noll, Counselor for Economic Affairs of the U.S. Embassy Seoul, highlighted the importance of deepened and improved relations between the Korean and U.S.’ governments and industries. He stressed that “Through cooperation with the public and private sectors, we can see the right stage for nurturing innovation and development which is important to all industries.” H.E. Min Hyung-bae, Presidential Secretary for Social Policy, delivered the plenary keynote presentation on Moon Administration’s policies towards an innovative and inclusive society. He elaborated on President Moon’s core policies on the healthcare and welfare system, which is to enhance the social safety net, create a lifetime healthcare management system, promote innovative growth and respond to low birth rate and aging society. He concluded the presentation by encouraging continued support of the people-centric healthcare system. The morning session included presentations and panel discussions with a panel comprised of Valery E. Gallagher, Deputy Director, Global Government Policy and Advocacy of Baxter, Young-Hak Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Member of Healthcare Special Sub-Committee, Presidential Committee on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Dong-Hee Kim, CEO of Philips Korea. They discussed the topic of “Building a Sustainable Healthcare Ecosystem for the Future.” During the afternoon session, the medical devices and pharmaceutical sessions covered the topics “Democratization of Healthcare” and “Sustainable Healthcare Plan for Innovation and Patients.”