Seoul extends expiring visas as pandemic continues

South Korea has extended visas for foreigners that are due to expire soon to prevent them from visiting immigration offices amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

As part of the move, visas for around 60,000 registered foreigners who are due to expire by May 31 were automatically extended by three months, the ministry said in a press release.

The ministry believes that extending the visa will help reduce the number of visitors to immigration offices and prevent trips to the offices, which can take up to two hours in rural areas. On average, more than 2,500 applications for visa extensions are made every day.

For details on visa extension, see the government’s immigration portal (www.hikorea.go.kr). The information call center (1345) is also open to inquiries.

This is the second time the Ministry has extended auto-expiring visas in line with the government’s social distancing campaign that ended on April 19.

In late February, the government extended visas to more than 130,000 registered foreigners.

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