Deportation after COVID-19 Quarantine Violations in Korea

This week a bill was submitted by Korean politicians to make the deportation process easier for the Korean government to deport foreign nationals accused of submitting false testing information for COVID-19.

The COVID pandemic remains an emotive issue in Korea as cases have been steadily rising domestically over this Winter season. Political leaders, within Korea, have had a long history of using the foreign population as an easy target to win the hearts and minds of the public when times are tough.

Foreigners face the thereat of deportation for violating COVID-19 quarantine regulations

The proposal to the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act, specifically targets foreign nationals who have been deemed guilty of violating immigration or quarantines laws. An entry requirement for travels from certain countries is a two-week quarantine period, designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Foreigners arriving from overseas are also asked to provide a testing certificate from their home country clearing them for travel, and proving they have tested negative for COVID-19.

The medical certificates are required to be issued from facilities designated by the Korean embassies within the country and the test must be done 48 hours before travel.

Korean lawmakers are arguing that foreign nationals have been found to provide forged test results at immigration checkpoints in Seoul. The proposed revisions to the law are expected to be passed by the National Assembly in Korea in the first quarter of 2021.

While immigration laws are changing within Korea, it’s advisable to seek out an experienced immigration attorney if you are issued with a deportation order in Korea. We advise hiring an attorney immediately to review the order before speaking further with the Immigration Service in Korea.

The Immigration attorneys at IPG Legal have had success in the past fighting deportation orders.

To learn more about how we can help you, schedule a call with the Immigration Law Team at IPG Legal.

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