In a bid to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines announced a temporary suspension of short-term Korean visas that we’re issued on or before April 5, 2020.
- Single-entry and multiple-entry Korean visas that are under the C-3 category — issued to general tourists, group tourists, medical tourists, and business visitors — that we’re issued on or before April 5, 2020 will be temporarily suspended beginning April 13.
- Bearers of the C-1 visa, which is issued to foreigners who intend to engage in temporary journalistic activities, will also be rendered unusable for the time being.
- However, those who hold an A, C-4, D, E, F, G, and H type of Korean visa will not be affected by the suspension.
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Korean Visas on Hold
To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines announced that C-1 and C-3 visas that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 will be temporarily suspended starting Monday, April 13. The new policy applies to Filipino tourists and business visitors who have a valid single-entry or multiple-entry Korean visa. Those subject to the policy will not be able to enter South Korea until the suspension is lifted. The Korean Embassy has not provided a timeframe for their policy.
However, Filipinos who were issued a long-term or a short-term employment visa, whether A, C-4, D, E, F, G, or H, will not be affected by the temporary suspension.
ROK’s neighboring country Japan had also made a similar announcement on March 26.
More on the C-3 Korean Visa
This is issued to foreigners who intend to enter South Korea for tourism, medical purposes, and short-term business engagements.
More on the C-1 Korean Visa
This is issued to foreigners who want to engage in short-term news coverage or establish a foreign news branch.
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Temporary Suspension for Visa-Free Entry and Visa-Waiver Programs
Aside from visa suspension, South Korea has also deferred its visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs for the time being for the following countries:
Countries Under the Suspended Visa-Waiver Program
- New Zealand
- Antigua and Barbuda
- El Salvador
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Saint Lucia
- Republic of Suriname
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Czech Republic
- United Arab Emirates
Countries Under the Suspended Visa-Free Entry Program
- Marshall Is.
- Solomon Is.
- Hong Kong
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Saudi Arabia
- Republic of South Africa
- Kingdom of Eswaitini
To view the official Facebook post announcement of the Korean Embassy regarding the temporary suspension, click here.