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Key Points

  • Reduced exit measures for long-term visa holders from South Korea as of April 1, 2022


The government of South Korea announced that long-term visa holders who have completed their alien registration process and permanent residents would not need to apply for a re-entry permit to enter South Korea beginning April 1, 2022. The following groups of foreign nationals will not be required to apply for a re-entry permit:

  • Permanent resident (F-5)
  • Overseas South Korean citizens (F-4)
  • Holders of refugee travel documents
  • Travelers from exempt countries (D-7, D-8, & D-9)

Currently, nationals of the Republic of Suriname, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, France, Finland, and Chile are exempt from requiring a re-entry permit.

What are the Changes?

The government of South Korea will no longer require certain long-term visa holders and permanent residents to apply for a re-entry permit before leaving the country. This change will relax exit measures for travelers leaving South Korea who plan to return at a future date.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of South Korea’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service

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