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Visa Runs...Osaka
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sublimeshawn



Joined: 25 Aug 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA

PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

take the earliest flight and the latest flight available, believe me youll need it!
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matthews_world



Joined: 15 Feb 2003
Location: Coming to a norae-bang near you!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I arrived on a Sunday night last month and many bars and restaurants were open on that day.

Try the Hibashi-Shinshibashi area for hotels and the establishments you are looking for.

This area is on the opposite side of the street as the K-embassy, in the little side streets.

Don't know any specifics, just check it out for yourself.



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oneiros



Joined: 19 Aug 2003
Location: Villa Straylight

PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be going on my run this Friday. I've done this once before, so if anyone else is going on the same day and wants some help, feel free to hunt me down at the departure gate. Laughing
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marista99



Joined: 05 Jun 2004
Location: Incheon

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going tomorrow (Tuesday) to Osaka and have no clue what I'm doing. Any advice would be much appreciated! Very Happy
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crazylemongirl



Joined: 23 Mar 2003
Location: almost there...

PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2004 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marista99 wrote:
I'm going tomorrow (Tuesday) to Osaka and have no clue what I'm doing. Any advice would be much appreciated! Very Happy


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Blind Willie



Joined: 05 May 2004

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2004 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is true, there will always be other teachers doing a visa run at the same time. You can all get your heads together on the way. Dont be shy.

As well, you may luck out to meet a veteran teacher who you can just follow around like a puppy.
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turtlepi1



Joined: 15 Jun 2004
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2004 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm flying into Korea on a tourist visa. I know some people say an onward ticket isn't required but I have checked with the embassy and with the airline both of who said I might not even be allowed to board the plane.

Since I am going with my girlfriend (she is traveling one-way on an E2 visa.) I figure it would complicate matters if I was refused boarding. (*doh* can you imagine the pain she would cause me? *GRIN*)

Anyway, I thought about booking the ferry ticket that some have suggested but since we will be on the west coast and I will need to do a visa run anyway I was thinking about booking a return ticket from Korea to Osaka.

Any thoughts on the price of a return ticket from Seoul to Osaka with flexible dates probably between early september and late october? It's almost $700 canadian to book the flight here. (that seems like a lot.)

And will this satisfy the onward ticket requirement?
(calling the embassy to ask the question also) Smile

Thanks in advance.
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marista99



Joined: 05 Jun 2004
Location: Incheon

PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While the embassy will probably tell you you need a return ticket, you don't. The embassies and the immigration officers are in different departments (or at least this is how it was explained to me), and my school has several adult students who work for immigration at the airport. They say that you don't need an ongoing ticket.

Has anyone here actually been asked for proof that they're continuing on?

My visa run went fine and you were right--I met several other teachers doing the same thing and followed them around, so it was okay. Smile
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peppermint



Joined: 13 May 2003
Location: traversing the minefields of caddishness.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marista99 wrote:
While the embassy will probably tell you you need a return ticket, you don't. The embassies and the immigration officers are in different departments (or at least this is how it was explained to me), and my school has several adult students who work for immigration at the airport. They say that you don't need an ongoing ticket


The problem is that what one immigration officer says might be totally different that what another would say. The rules here are very, very arbitrary.
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turtlepi1



Joined: 15 Jun 2004
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

peppermint wrote:
The problem is that what one immigration officer says might be totally different that what another would say. The rules here are very, very arbitrary.


Yep. The consulate actually told me this. One person there said as long as you have an onward ticket, then another said return ticket only. When pressed the "return ticket only" lady confided that they couldn't tell me because the way it is enforced is very arbitrary. You could easily get in on a one-way ticket or you could be required to book an on-ward ticket or you could be denied entry. It all depends on the immigration officer you get.

I guess to be safe i will try to book a ticket on the busan ferry, but they said that might not even be considered an onward ticket depending on the person...graaaaaaahhhh....
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Falstaff



Joined: 14 Jan 2004
Location: Ansan

PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2004 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I flew in last week on a one way ticket, tourist visa, and had no problems. Just told them I was going on a visa run in a few days and that my boss had my ticket. They let me right through. But who knows what will happen if I try it again next week.
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prairieboy



Joined: 14 Sep 2003
Location: The batcave.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm supposed to be going on a visa run August 13th. Anyone else going that day? I haven't got my flight time yet but the flight has apparently been booked.

Cheers
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Cedar



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Location: In front of my computer, again.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

visa run on the evening of the 25th, returning on the 26th of August, the next day... going to Osaka, of course. More than happy to have anyone to hang around with, never done the run before myself.
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matthews_world



Joined: 15 Feb 2003
Location: Coming to a norae-bang near you!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

prairieboy wrote:
I'm supposed to be going on a visa run August 13th. Anyone else going that day? I haven't got my flight time yet but the flight has apparently been booked.

Cheers


Most of those visa run flights depart around 10:00 AM.

I've had Korean airline flights moved ahead of schedule without calling to confirm beforehand. It varies with the airline of course. Arrive 1.5 hours early and you should be okay.

Anybody else had this happen?
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prairieboy



Joined: 14 Sep 2003
Location: The batcave.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2004 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Successfully finished the visa run. To say, "Hurry and get your butt to the Embassy ASAP!" is an understatement.

If you are held up by more than 15 minutes waiting in immigration then the chances of you making the Rapi't B at 12:35 are slim to none. In that case, you have to wait for the Rapi't A at 1:13, which will get you there at about 2pm if you don't dawdle leaving Namba.

Seriously, move your butt and you'll be alright.

I'll write more and try to update/add to the directions later when I have more time to write.

Cheers
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