Medical Test for Teaching in Korea

Once you arrive in Korea with an E2 visa for teaching you are required to complete a medical test within 90 days. This was my second go around with the medical test and I took note of some differences between this time and my last.

Depending on your school situation you will either go to the hospital on your own or may be accompanied by someone from your school. I think most schools will require you to pay for your own medical examination which might vary depending on the hospital you attend but should be around ₩60,000- 85,000.

Waiting room at the hospital

Waiting room at the hospital

Some hospitals have these little check in windows where you pay and speak with someone before receiving service

Some hospitals have these little check in windows where you pay and speak with someone before receiving service

The actual medical test itself can vary a bit but primarily consists of:

  1. chest x-ray
  2. urine test
  3. blood test
  4. vision test
  5. blood pressure check
If you're lucky you'll get a sexy robe to wear during your chest x-ray

If you’re lucky you’ll get a sexy robe to wear during your chest x-ray

Some extra tests I had in one medical test but not the other included:

  • dental check: although I’m not sure how you would fail this, Josh needed to get wisdom teeth removed and they just told him to get that taken care of
  • personality test
  • face to face interview with a doctor where he asks you if you do drugs or have any diseases

While it can be intimidating to get medical checks done in another country, both times were quite easy for me. The only thing I messed up on was taking some Zyrtec (allergy medication) the day before my blood test and had to go in a week later to make sure it was out of my system. I have heard that certain legal medication in the States can throw off the drug test including allergy medication, migraine medication and even Advil. Although I will say Josh took an Advil maybe 4 days before his drug test and he ended up passing just fine (and I have seen Advil sold in Korean pharmacies as well).

If you’re curious on more information regarding pricing and what medications to avoid before your drug test I would recommend asking the school you will be working for. Chances are they will have experience with teachers going through the medical exam and will want you to pass with flying colors!

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