Foreign nationals who have resided in high-burden tuberculosis (TB) countries will now be required to undergo TB testing and show proof of the issued Certificate of Health when applying for various immigration services.

The following countries are deemed as high-burden for tuberculosis: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

  • Affected foreign nationals who have entered Korea on or after March 2, 2016:
    • Short-term visa holders – Must show Certificate of Health when applying for a change of status or extension of stay period to a long-term visa status.
    • Long-term visa holders – Must show Certificate of Health when applying for alien registration.
  • Affected foreign nationals who have entered Korea on or before March 1, 2016:
    • Short-term visa holders – Must show Certificate of Health when applying for a change of status or extension of stay period to a long-term visa status.
    • Long-term visa holders – Must show Certificate of Health when applying for alien registration for the first time.

The following foreign nationals are exempt from this requirement:

  • Diplomats (A-1), Foreign Government Officials (A-2), and International Agreement (A-3) status holders;
  • Children ages 5 and under;
  • Short-term visa holders who apply for extension of stay period without converting to long-term status.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.