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Passport and Visa Requirements, Korea

Passport and Visa Requirem...

Passports are required for every member of the family and are required prior to any visa applications. Children under 13 can no longer be on a parent’s passport nor can spouses appear on each other’s passports. 

Tourist visas: Foreign visitors who plan on staying longer than 30 days must also obtain a visa or visa extension (unless they fall under a Visa Exemption Agreement – see the list below). All visas, including long-term visas, are for a single visit. Anyone wishing to leave Korean and then re-enter during their allowed period of stay must obtain a re-entry permit. Click the link for more information.

Visa Extensions for tourist visas are possible in special cases such as accidents, health problems, flight cancellations, etc. Applications for visa extensions can be made at a local immigration office at least one day before the day of expiration. Visa extensions are usually issued one to three days following receipt of the application and are good for 90 days normally. Documents required along with the completed application form: a recent passport-size colour photo and the application fee. 
Note; in Seoul you can obtain visa extensions in various offices, including the Seoul Global Center. 

Working Permits/Visas are required for anyone wanting to work in any capacity in Korea. The type of visa depends on the type of work. To obtain a 'work' visa, you must first find a job. The employer should then initiate the application procedure with the government.

Official government websites for information on working in Korea:  
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Labor

Government of Korea for Foreigners: Visa Info Section - this site is sometimes difficult to access if you don't have Active X. Try cutting and pasting:

For information you can also try calling:
Help Line: 1345 (English press 3 and *) - note: in Korea no need to dial the area code even on cell phone, just press 1345.
02-2650-6399 ( 82-2-2650-6399  outside Korea)
02-1688-0120 (82-2-1688-0120 outside Korea)

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Please note that immigration regulations and proceedures may have changed from what has been described above or may not apply in all situations/cases. K4E recommends that you check with the appropriate government office and/or officials prior to going forward.


Last Updated on 2015-04-13

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