Two-week quarantine

Letter R symbolizes Rolling Korea

by Henry

Did you know about quarantine before you came to Korea? Were you afraid of or worried about the COVID-19 situation in Korea?

I was aware that I would be quarantined for two weeks before I came to Korea. Yes, I was afraid of being quarantined for two weeks. My parents were not worried about sending me to Korea since Korea is better handling the Corona situation than the US.

How did you get to the quarantine facility? Can you tell me the process from the beginning?

I was aware that I would be quarantined for two weeks before I came to Korea. Yes, I was afraid of being quarantined for two weeks. My parents were not worried about sending me to Korea since Korea is better handling the Corona situation than the US.

What language do they speak?

They speak Korean, but most of the people speak a little English. And it was no problem because I had help from someone who can speak both Korean and English.

How does the Korean government protect foreigners in quarantine, and what is the cost? Could you be specific?

If you stay at the facility, they will provide three meals a day by the schedule. There are different food options, such as American, Korean, and vegetarian. By default, they will give you Korean food if you have no request. You are not allowed to leave the room, or an alarm will go off. You can only open your door to grab your food or put out your garbage. They will announce when your food is outside your door. The hotel I stayed at had a refrigerator, TV, AC, and WiFi. They don’t have a washing machine, so you have to hand wash your clothes. They will give you a paper two days before you leave, asking what transportation will you take. The options were bus station, Seoul station, or someone picks you up. You can’t take a taxi. The cost for the facility was 100,000 won a day, which is about 100 dollars a day. I felt safe.

Are you sure you can't go outside? What happens if you break the rule?

They will deport you if you leave. No smoking is allowed. If you smoke, you have to pay a fine.

How was staying in a hotel during the quarantine? Was it comfortable? Do you have any tips for foreigners who travel to South Korea?

I slept a lot since my sleep schedule was messed up. The two weeks helped me get used to the time zone before I started the class, which was nice. Besides sleeping, I watched TV or Netflix. There is WiFi, so I was able to use my laptop.

How was the Rolling Korea pick-up service after the quarantine?

The driver arrived in a taxi car, but people didn’t say anything. The driver was very friendly and helped me with my luggage. He didn’t speak English, but he knew the directions, so it wasn’t a problem. He dropped me off right in front of the place, so it was easy to find. I arrived safely.

How is your life in Korea now?

I go to school for a couple of hours for four days, and then I have the rest of the time to venture out. The school is in Hongdae, so I’ve been shopping a lot. I feel safe even in the presence of the COVID-19. I always look forward to the trip to Korea.
Thank you Celeste for the great interview.
You have come a long way to learn Korean.
Let’s make every moment count!