South Korea-COVID-19 Update

Posted on March 16, 2022

The Korean government announced that on March 21, 2022, all fully vaccinated inbound travelers who have registered with Korea health authors will no longer have to self-quarantine upon arrival. Additionally, starting on April 1, 2022, individuals arriving in Korea will… Read more »

South Korea – Fully vaccinated travelers exempt from 2-week quarantine

Posted on July 28, 2021

Effective from July 1, 2021, the South Korean government has lifted the mandatory 2-weeks quarantine for foreign arrivals who have been fully vaccinated from other countries against Covid19. This applies to South Korean citizens, visa exempt travelers (B-1, B2), short… Read more »

South Korea – Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

Posted on December 20, 2019

The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by February 28, 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted. Penalty Increases Illegal residents are currently subject to fines ranging… Read more »

South Korea – Reinforcement of Tax Payment Records

Posted on November 25, 2019

Previously, if a South Korean company’s tax payments were unsettled, they were given a verbal warning, though the visa would still be processed.  Effective November 18, 2019, the authorities will no longer process a foreign national’s VIN and/or ARC extension… Read more »

South Korea – Changes to National Health Insurance

Posted on August 26, 2019

The Korean government has recently implemented a new change regarding national health insurance.  Foreign nationals residing in South Korea for more than 6 months will automatically be subscribed to the national health insurance of Korea from July 16, 2019. Foreign… Read more »

South Korea – Clarification: For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

Posted on August 28, 2017

In its latest Visa Issuance Guidance Manual issued on March 20, 2017 (the “Guidelines”), Korean immigration clarified, and in effect, narrowed the scope of permissible activities under the visa waiver status and C-3-4 short-term business visa, by classifying “for-profit activities”… Read more »

South Korea – Revised Rules for Frequent Visitor Visas

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective March 1, 2017, foreign nationals qualifying for a five-year multiple-entry visa as frequent visitors to South Korea will have to apply for this visa at a Korean consulate before travelling, rather than receiving it at the port of entry… Read more »

South Korea – Offices Closed for Mid-Autumn Festival

Posted on September 9, 2016

From September 14th to the 16th, all government and non-government offices in South Korea will close in observance of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which celebrates the autumn harvests. All applicants and employers seeking work permits and other services should expect delays… Read more »

SOUTH KOREA – Tuberculosis Test Required for Certain Foreign Nationals

Posted on March 11, 2016

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… Read more »

SOUTH KOREA – Changes to ARC Collection Rules

Posted on October 23, 2014

A recent change by the Seoul Office of the South Korean Immigration Service has declared the following change to the collection of Alien Registration Cards (ARC): depending on the type of visa one holds, he/she may no longer delegate a… Read more »