Is Your Korean Tourist Visa Still Useable After the Suspension?

The Embassy of Korea in the Philippines made a clarification on the useability of valid tourist visas.



  • All short-term Korean visas that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 are currently suspended.
  • This includes the C-3 visa type for tourists.
  • If you have a multiple-entry visa that’s not due to expire this year, you will have to apply for a new one for as long as the suspension is in effect. More notes below.
  • Planning to push through with your Korea trip in 2021 or 2022? Check out this digital tourist card that you can use to visit at least 40 attractions in Seoul!

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Do I Need to Reapply for a Korean Tourist Visa?

This is the question that many Korean visa-holders in the Philippines are asking, especially after the Embassy announced the temporary visa suspension. If you were issued a single-entry visa but were not able to to use it due to the COVID-19 lockdown, will you need to reapply? Or if you have a multiple-entry Korean visa that’s valid ’til 2021 onwards, will it still be useable? Here’s a quick explainer:

For Single-Entry Korean Visa Holders

Korean visa specimen

By now, all single-entry Korean tourist visas that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 have lapsed (the validity period is typically 3 months from the date of issuance). This means that you will have to obtain another one when you’re able to travel to Korea.

For Multiple-Entry Korean Visa Holders

It depends. For as long as Korean tourist visas remain suspended, you are expected to apply for a new one. This means that, even if travel reverts to normal (e.g. flights to Korea become available), you will still need to undergo the visa application process if the visa suspension is still in effect.

However, when the suspension is lifted, you’ll be able to use your multiple-entry visa until its expiration date. (For example, if the Embassy removes the visa suspension on October 1, 2020 and you have a multi-visa that will expire on June 1, 2021, you can still use it to travel to Korea from October 1 through May 31, 2021.)

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Quick side note: Since South Korea has implemented a visa label-free policy, you will have to download your Korea Visa Grant Notice to enter the country. Here’s how: Things to Know About Korea’s Visa Grant Notice: How to Check & Print

Korean visa grant notice

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Here’s the note from the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines regarding the temporary suspension and useability of valid visas:

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