[UPDATE - COVID-19] Extension of Korean Visa Issuance for Residents in France

Korean authorities announced a partial lift of the suspension of certain visas for French residents in Korea taking effect from July 23rd.

The  Korean authorities announced that all long-sojourn visas will be opened for applications for French residents including students' long sojourn visas, except the working holiday H-1 visa.

For short-term visas, the touristic visas remain suspended and restrictions remain in place, except in the following cases:

  • Diplomatic Official
  • Essential business activities* such as Investment, technology provision (including important business purposes)
  • Seamen Transit (C-3-11)
  • Short-Term News Coverage(C-1)‧Short-Term Employment(C-4)
  • Family member of a Korean national (spouse, child, spouse's parents, and Parents-in-law of Korean national. For ‘Parents of Korean national and Parents-in-law of Korean national’, one can apply for a visa for the purpose of supporting pregnancy ‧ childbirth ‧ child raising of children under the age of 7 of a Korean national or a spouse of a Korean national) **
  • Family member (spouse, minor child) of foreigners living in Korea with long-term visas (D-3, E-8, E-9, E-10, G-1, H-1 cannot invite family members) **
  • Recognized humanitarian reasons (Mandatory to submit relevant supporting documents)**

*In principle, visa issuance is only possible if the relevant ministry in Korea recognizes the essentiality of the business activities and officially asks in writing for cooperation to the Diplomatic Mission. 

**These exception categories need to submit a statement explaining the purpose of trip (free format).


Visas for the abovementioned exceptions are issued upon thorough verification and confirmation of the purpose of entry and after sufficient screening period (14 days or more).

You can apply for a visa to the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC)

The prolongation of visas and resident cards for French residents already in Korea are not affected by these decisions and can be carried out as usual.

FKCCI will keep on pursuing its efforts towards thriving French-Korean cooperation and give you timely information, so don't hesitate to ask us our assistance at so that we can help you on a case by case basis. 


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