South Korea Announces Label-Free Visa Policy


Are you planning a K-Drama filming site tour or the ultimate K-Pop fan experience in South Korea for the near future? Well then read up because beginning 1 July 2020, all embassies of the Republic of Korea will stop issuing visa labels, the country’s Ministry of Justice announced through the Korea Visa Portal. 

In lieu of visa labels, the Embassy will make a “Visa Grant Notice” available to successful applicants. It can be accessed through the Korea Visa Portal and can be printed out at any time as needed. 

The document is used mainly to prove one’s visa status and must be presented to immigration officers during immigration clearance at the airport. 

Currently, Korean embassies in Japan, the United States of America, and 24 European countries including the United Kingdom, France, and Spain no longer place visa stickers in passports—a move that started February this year. 


South Korea Cherry Blossom
Among the best seasons to visit South Korea is springtime. | CJ Nattanai on Shutterstock


How to verify and print out Visa Grant Notice from the Korean Embassy

1) Go to > Application Status/Issue > Click ‘Check Application Status & Print’ menu.

2) Enter your passport number, name, date of birth, and click the ‘Search’ button.

3) If your visa application is approved, you will find the “Certificate” button activated. 

4) Click the button and print out the “Visa Grant Notice.”
*Your Visa Grant Notice is valid printed either in color or in black and white. 


For more information, visit the Korean Visa Portal


Hanbok South Korea
Young women donning hanbok take a selfie at a palace in South Korea.  |  via Shutterstock


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