COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Notice and Guidelines

    Since the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak, SNU has established and implemented SNU COVID-19 Response Manual and regularly updates it upon changes in the governing policies. We strongly advised that all SNU members, including exchange/visiting students keep themselves updated with the lastest COVID-19 notice and comply with it at all times. 

    (Entry) If you are tested positive, it must be reported to SNU OIA and SNU Health Service Center, in compliance with SNU COVID-19 Response Manual.

    (During the Study Period) All members must always comply with the latest COVID-19 guidance and the code of conduct suggested by SNU and the authorities. If you develop any COVID-19 suspected symptoms, you should first stay home for 2 – 3 days to monitor your health status and must not show up on campus or at medical facilities without a prior appointment.

    • If you cannot join classes due to the health condition, contact your instructors for further guidance.

    If the symptoms get severe, call 1339 or your local public health center (for Gwanak-gu, +82-2-879-7131) and follow their guidance. Then, report it to SNU OIA and SNU health service center (+82-2-880-5342).

    If you need SNU OIA’s assistance for COVID-19’s concerns, do not hesitate to contact us through +82-2-880-8634 or

    Lastest Updates (updated 2 May, 2022)

    The Korean government provides daily and weekly cases in Korea as well as lastest social distancing measures and vaccine pass rule. SNU is following all the new guidance introduced by the government in response to the Omicron variant. The following social distancing measure will be applied from 2 May until further notice.

    - Wearing masks outdoors is voluntary except in crowds of 50 or more people.
    - Indoors and in crowds of 50 or more, masks are still mandatory.
    - All other social distancing regulations have been suspended.

    For more information, please refer to

    Travel Information (updated 8 September, 2022)

    Before Departure
    From September 5, a negative COVID-19 test result is no longer required to enter to Korea. The mandatory PCR test one day after arrival is remain to ensure early detection of COVID-19 confirmed cases and conduct strict surveillance of new variants being imported.

    - Q-Code is a system stablished by the KDCA in order to shorten the time for quarantine inspection and provide the conveniences overseas entrants require upon entry to the Korea.
    - Preparation to input Q-Code:
       - Valid passport
       - Email address
       - Airline ticket
       - Confirmation of COVID-19 PCR negative test result
       - Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination (Selective)
       - Health condition information
    - Procedures:
       1) Access Q-Code: 
       2) Input information on passport, entry/stay in Korea, vaccination, PCR screening and health condition
          * All inputs can be saved temporarily and corrected at all input stages.
       3) Issue a QR-code after checking your input
          * After issuing the QR code, noly the health status could be modified.
       4) Present QR-code to quarantine office
          * All types of QR-codes, including those printed on paper and captured with electronic devices can be used.

    Vaccination (updated 14 March, 2022)
    The Korean government encourages everyone to get vaccinated. Vaccination is free. Korea uses the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna plus traditional adenovirus vaccines by AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson.

    - Eligibility: All peopel age 5 and up are eligible for the basic vaccination. Booster shots are available to people 12 and above.
    - Expiration of "fully-vaccinated" status: The "fully-vaccinated" status is set to expire 6 months after the last vaccination. A booster shot renews the staus for another 6 months.
    - Booster shots: Data shows that the efficacy of the caccine starts to drop significantly between 3 and 6 months after being fully inoculated. Everbody 18 and above and get a third shot (booster shot) as soon as three months after completing the initial vaccination.

    From 31 March, children aged 5-11 are now eligible to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Registrations open on March 24, inoculations start March 31.

    Course Operations

    Major changes in course operations are immediately updated in SNU OIA’s COVID-19 Updates. Each instructor has updated its instruction mode through the course syllabus for each class. As the COVID-19 situation escalates in Korea, however, changes in course operations may occur with a short notice. To keep yourself informed of the change in class operations, Check your eTL classroom’s notice frequently. eTL is SNU’s online learning platform and after the course registration period, students can enter the eTL classroom for each course they registered for. Access can be made through mySNU portal or SNU mobile app, or directly to Check your in-box often, both your private e-mail’s and SNU webmail’s. SNU OIA will send important updates and e-mails to your private e-mail account, while other SNU offices, including SNU instructors, may reach out to you through SNU webmail. Update your local contact by editing your personal information on mySNU. If you have a local mobile number and have it updated, you can receive updates through text messages. 

    Guidelines for 2022 spring semester can be found at the OIA COVID-19 notice board.

    Campus Shuttle Operations

    The campus shuttle operation schedules for 2022 spring semester can be found at mySNU student board.

    Campus Facilities Operations

    Campus facilities, including libraries, cafeterias and sports facilities, operate on a limited basis. Changes in operation are regularly updated in SNU OIA’s COVID-19 Updates.

    Use “Seoul National University” mobile app for more conveniences!

    Through the mobile app, you can make an easy, direct access to all on-campus services and support and quickly check the latest news and updates.

    1. Download “Seoul National University” mobile application. (Android Google Play / App Store)
    2. Login with your mySNU ID and password.
    3. Go to “Settings” > Change Language Settings.
    4. Explore the app!
    COVID-19-related Features
    • SNU Mail: Check your SNU webmail directly.
    • eTL: Access your eTL classrooms directly.
    • COVID-19 Board: Direct to SNU OIA’s COVID-19 Information Board.
    • In-School COVID-19 Test: You can reserve in-school COVID-19 test.

    More information on SNU mobile app can be found in mySNU Portal & SNU Mobile App.

    In-School COVID-19 Test

    Q. What is the SNU rapid COVID-19 test?

    It is an SNU-led initiative to facilitate a more effective response to the spread of the coronavirus. Without outsourcing, the university has developed a point-of-care testing system that starts analyzing results within two hours after taking samples from patients.

    Q. What is the difference between a rapid antigen test and a rapid molecular test?

    A rapid antigen tests for the presence of proteins secreted by a virus, and is similar in principle to commercially available pregnancy tests. The amount of antigen cannot be amplified, unlike mRNA or DNA, and thus cannot be detected if present at very low levels. By contrast, a molecular test tests for the presence of RNA molecules specific to the virus, and through amplification trace levels of virus RNA can be detected, thereby accounting for the presence of the coronavirus even in asymptomatic individuals. The specificity and sensitivity of SNU test is well over 95% each.

    Q. Who can receive the SNU rapid COVID-19 test?

    All university members will be able to receive testing. As of May 2021, all members of the SNU community are eligible to receive the COVID-19 rapid test. Testing facilities are available in front of the College of Natural Sciences (Bldg. 25-1), SNU Museum (Bldg. 70) and Gwanak Residence Halls (Bldg. 906). Students, faculty and staffs can receive testing from 09:00am to 05:00pm after registering via the SNU app and portal site.

    Q. Does a negative test mean for certain that I do not have the coronavirus?

    No. All tests have a certain margin of error for false negatives, in which an individual is positive for the coronavirus but test negative. Testing on a regular basis is the only way to overcome false negatives. Also, as it is possible to be negative at the time of testing, but to contract the virus afterward, one must always behave in accordance with health and safety protocol, regardless of the results of the diagnostic test.

    * In case of a positive test: When you receive a message informing you of a positive test result, proceed to one of the Gwanak-gu indoor screening clinics (Gwanak-gu Health Center, Nakseongdae Park, Sillim Sports Center) and receive a PCR test.

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