After 2 long years, due to COVID-19, issuance of short-term visa (C-3) and e-visas will resume starting June 1, 2022.
According to the Immigration Control Enforcement Ordinance, short-term visa (C-3) allows foreigners to stay for up to 90 days for marketing research, travel, visiting relatives, meetings or similar reasons. E-visa is issued online for foreigners with excellent skills or group tourists.
Foreigners from countries classified as Level 1 is subject to this change. Up to now, short-term visa was very limited due to COVID-19, but with the new change, anyone who would like to travel to Korea is able to apply for a visa.
E-visa for foreigners with excellent skills, foreign patients, and group tourists, which was suspended since April 6, 2020 will also resume issuance. E-visa provides a simpler way to receive a visa and can be applied at Korea Visa Portal.
Short-term Multiple Visas will also be valid since being suspended since April 13, 2020. Short-term Multiple Visas issued before April 5, 2020 with valid period can be used without any additional measures.
The Mistry of Justice believe the reissuing will provide the influx of foreign tourists that will boost domestic demands and related industries, which will create jobs and help attract more foreign talents.