South African Embassy, Seoul
[NOTICE] Label-free visa policy implemented by the Government of the Republic of Korea
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Label-free visa policy implemented by the Government of the Republic of Korea

Dear SACs,

The Embassy has been advised by the Government of the Republic of Korea of information on its label-free visa policy. Please note hereunder;


The ROK immigration system does not require visa labels to be affixed to a page in an applicant's passport as visa status can be checked and verified using the advanced visa information system with recent development in technology.

The Embassy will notify applicants of their visa details by issuing 'Visa Grant Notice' on the official web site at where applicants can print out the document, at any time, by entering personal details such as passport number, date of birth and other relevant information. (A detailed guideline for obtaining the Visa Grant Notice will be posted on the web-site in due course.)

The Visa Grant Notice will contain applicants' personal details including name, date of birth and passport number as well as visa details including visa issuance number, status of stay, period of stay, number of entries, date of issue, validity of visa, and issuing authority. (Please refer to the Sample Document as attached.)

All Foreigners seeking entry into ROK with valid visas are required to present the Visa Grant Notice to Korean Immigration authorities in the process of immigration inspection.

Notwithstanding the label-free visa policy, applicants must present and submit a passport for the purpose of document and identity verification.

Sample Document (Visa Grant Notice)

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