Korean Visas for Tourists Temporarily Suspended

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.

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Highlights

  • 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
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Bahamas
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Haiti
  • El Salvador
  • Uruguay
  • Jamaica
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Peru
  • Guatamela
  • Grenada
  • Dominican Republic
  • Brazil
  • Saint Lucia
  • Republic of Suriname
  • Colombia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Panama
  • Bulgaria
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
  • Slovakia
  • Iceland
  • Estonia
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Kazakhstan
  • Turkey
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Morocco
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Israel
  • Tunisia
  • Lesotho

Countries Under the Suspended Visa-Free Entry Program

  • Nauru
  • Marshall Is.
  • Micronesia
  • Kiribati
  • Australia
  • Solomon Is.
  • Tuvalu
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Macau
  • Brunei
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Honduras
  • Canada
  • Paraguay
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cyprus
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Mauritius
  • Republic of South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Kingdom of Eswaitini
  • Seychelles

Reference

To view the official Facebook post announcement of the Korean Embassy regarding the temporary suspension, click here.

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