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Some 15,500 Foreigners Use E-travel Authorization System to Enter S. Korea in Sept.

Some 15,500 Foreigners Use E-travel Authorization System to Enter S. Korea in Sept.

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — More than 15,500 foreigners from visa-waiver countries used the new electronic travel authorization system to enter South Korea in the first month of its introduction, justice ministry data showed Sunday. A total of 15,811 foreign nationals applied for the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) in September, and 15,556 of [...]

Seoul Launches Vaccination Campaign to Curb Soaring Infections Among Foreigners

Seoul Launches Vaccination Campaign to Curb Soaring Infections Among Foreigners

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul metropolitan government said Tuesday it will launch a special campaign urging foreign residents here to get vaccinated amid rising COVID-19 infections in the foreign community. Foreigners took up 9.2 percent of Seoul’s new infections in August, up 2.9 percentage points from the corresponding rate of 6.3 percent [...]

National Assembly Steps Up to Restrict Foreigners from Buying Real Estate

National Assembly Steps Up to Restrict Foreigners from Buying Real Estate

SEOUL, July 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean politicians are stepping up to address concerns over Chinese nationals purchasing real estate in the country. China, under a communist regime, strictly forbids South Koreans from purchasing real estate in their territory. On the other hand, South Korea has barely any restrictions on real estate purchases by [...]

Foreigners to be Allowed to Stay in S. Korea Only Within Passport Validity Period

Foreigners to be Allowed to Stay in S. Korea Only Within Passport Validity Period

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting Thursday, foreigners will be allowed to stay in South Korea only until their passport expiration date, the justice ministry said. But considering traveling restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Justice has decided to grant a grace period until June 2022 and allow foreign nationals to stay [...]

Immigration Detention Centers to Resume In-person Visits After 7 Months

Immigration Detention Centers to Resume In-person Visits After 7 Months

SEOUL, June 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Immigration detention centers in South Korea, where foreign nationals are held till deportation, will start welcoming back visitors for the first time in seven months, officials said Friday, in accordance with changing COVID-19 circumstances. The Hwaseong Immigration Detention Center in Gyeonggi Province and the Cheongju Immigration Detention Center in [...]