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Single re-entry visa not needed any more?

 
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Biblethumper



Joined: 15 Dec 2007
Location: Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:55 am    Post subject: Single re-entry visa not needed any more? Reply with quote

In years past I had to get a single re-entry visa at the airport if I wanted to take a trip outside Korea and then return to Korea and keep my E2 visa.

When I asked at the airport this time, the woman at the counter told me that that was not necessary and that I was allowed one trip outside Korea. Has the law indeed changed, or did I just get misled by a misinformed official?
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littlelisa



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, changed several years ago, thankfully. As long as you have a valid visa, no reentry stamps are necessary.

Edit to clarify: it's not just okay for one trip, but for as many re-entries as you want/need. You might have noticed that they also don't put full page work visa stickers in your passport anymore, and if you've gotten a new ARC, it's no longer the hokey looking writing on the back with marker kind.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:38 am    Post subject: Re: Single re-entry visa not needed any more? Reply with quote

Biblethumper wrote:
In years past I had to get a single re-entry visa at the airport if I wanted to take a trip outside Korea and then return to Korea and keep my E2 visa.

When I asked at the airport this time, the woman at the counter told me that that was not necessary and that I was allowed one trip outside Korea. Has the law indeed changed, or did I just get misled by a misinformed official?


The law changed back in 2010.

All registered foreigners (those with an ARC) are allowed unlimited exits and re-entries into Korea for as long as your ARC remains valid.

The ONLY exception to that rule are F5 holders who are limited to 2 consecutive years outside Korea (their ARC may have a longer validity). After that point they lose their F5.

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