South Korea: Further updates on visa stamp issuance

South Korea: Further updates on visa stamp issuance

Further to our alert on February 21st 2020, we would like to share further information regarding the closure of the Korean visa stamping services within its overseas consulates.

What has changed?

The following overseas Korean consulates have closed their visa stamping service from February 25th:

  • USA
  • Japan
  • 24 European countries including Greece, Netherland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Rumania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Serbia, Sweden, Swiss, Spain, Slovakia, Ireland, UK, Austria, Italia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland and Hungary

From July 1st 2020, all overseas Korean consulates will have ceased the issuance of a visa stamp in passports and reverted to the “Visa Grant Notice” process.

What to expect / impact?

Once the visa application has been submitted, the applicant will be required to check their visa issuance status on the visa portal website and once approved, they must print out their Visa Grant Notice and bring it with them for entry to Korea.

For more information concerning the new process to obtain your issued visa, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at 

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