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Congratulations on your selection for the assignment of choice to the Republic of Korea. Moving, especially overseas, can be overwhelming. Below are some helpful ways to stay informed and make your transition easier and smoother.
Do's and Dont's quick reference sheet
In accordance with AFI 36-2110, a personnel processing code is a code included in assignment instructions which refer to PCS-related processing requirements or post-selection assignment actions.
For assignments to Korea the PPC is RAO. You can pull from myPers for the most current copy.
*Website requires a Common Access Card (CAC).*
According to AFI 16-606, the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide describes the information required and procedures used by DoD units and personnel to obtain permission to enter or overfly foreign territories.
*Website requires a Common Access Card (CAC) and APACS account.
Policies and memos can be found on a separate box on this page and our home page. These documents can range in information from the use of alcohol to command sponsorship programs.
Visit your installation's newcomer's page.
Osan Air Base
Kunsan Air Base
United States Forces Korea (Camp Humphreys)
Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HPCON conditions are constantly changing. Establishing good communication with your sponsor will be key in ensuring you are kept informed of the latest HPCON condition and restrictions.
All federal employees are mandated to get the COVID vaccine. See your base medical treatment facility or nearby civilian clinic to get the free vaccination. If you are six months post vaccination, consider getting a booster shot.
Would you like to apply to bring dependents with you to the Republic of Korea? Information on the Command Sponsorship Program can be found on a separate box on this page and our home page.
Starting September 1, 2021, all DoD Civilians, Contractors and Family Members, traveling to the Republic of Korea must have a valid visa or an approved Korea - Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) prior to entering the country, unless already in possession of a valid Korean visa. The entry requirements for Service Members on official travel (PCS, TDY, etc.) will remain the same, using the Common Access Card and travel orders.
What is a K-ETA? The K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free eligible foreign visitors need to obtain before entering Korea, by submitting an application with relevant information online.
You must apply for the K-ETA at least 24 hours prior to boarding a flight or ship bound for Korea. There is a 10,000 KRW (approximately $9-$10 USD) non-refundable fee that must be paid, even if the application is denied. You can apply at: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do.
To complete the K-ETA application use the US Embassy address:
Address Line 1 – 188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 03141
Address Line 2 – [installation of assignment… i.e. Camp Humphreys, Osan Air Base, etc.]
The K-ETA is valid for 2 years from the date of approval and allows you to travel to Korea, but does not guarantee entry. The final determination of entry will be made by the immigration official during the immigration process.
K-ETA application by proxy is available, meaning one person can apply for up to 30 people and make the total payment at once.
If you desire to obtain a visa in lieu of the K-ETA prior to arrival, please contact the nearest Republic of Korea Consulate or Embassy for more information: https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/korea-consulates.html
Please consult the United States Forces Korea COVID-19 website for information on the pandemic and related entry requirements, including the need to show results from a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of departure and a mandatory 14-day quarantine or restriction of movement based upon vaccination status: https://www.usfk.mil/Coronavirus/
All non-uniformed personnel, traveling on official government orders and inbound to the Republic of Korea, are required to travel with a Special Issuance Passport (SIP).
Click here for official guidance.
Starting May 23, 2022, all travelers to Korea must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Travelers must show a SUPERVISED Rapid Antigen test result from within 24 hours of departure or a PCR test result from within 48 hours. For more information, click here. Results must be in English or Korean and include name, date of birth (or passport number), test method, test date, ‘NEGATIVE’ result, date of issuance, and name of testing center.
You may also refer to the Embassy of the ROK in the USA website for more information. Follow your airline’s guidance and consult with the nearest Korean consulate if you have questions.
Ensure you hand carry important documents like your COVID PCR test results, PCS documents, orders and SIP passports with you. Do not put them in checked bags.
Have you been selected for an unaccompanied assignment to Korea, but want to bring your family? See the links below for information on the Air Force Command Sponsorship Program (CSP) in Korea.
Air Forces Korea CSP Policy Memo
7AF CSP Delegation Memo
CSP Frequently Asked Questions
Making an Informed Decision on Non-Command Sponsorship of Dependents
Same Sex Spouse CSP Eligibility
Contact a CSP Area Manager
CSP Application Request
USFK regulation on CSP
Please email 7 AF/A1 Workflow regrading specific CSP policy information at 7AFA1.ORG@us.af.mil. If you are inquiring about applying for CSP, please utilize the CSP contact listing and contact you designated Area Manager.