South Korea Travel re-opens for Indian travellers


As leisure travel is re-opening across the globe, South Korea is all set to welcome outbound travellers from India post two years of COVID-19 Pandemic hitting the world. Indian travellers can now apply for a short term (C-3) visa which allows foreigners to stay up to 90 days for marketing research, travel, visiting relatives, meetings or similar reasons. The visa can be applied physically at the VFS Global centres.

Effective from June 1, 2022, the VFS Global South Korea Visa application Center, New Delhi and Kolkata would accept all the visa categories including express visa applications. Applicants would need to take prior appointment to submit the application in New Delhi, however, for Kolkata applicants can walk in without appointment to submit the application. Online appointment link would be available soon on the website. All travelers must provide a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result 

Certificate from a PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure date irrespective of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated individuals (WHO approved emergency COVID-19 vaccine) are exempt from quarantine. These individuals must have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, but within 180 days, or have received a booster shot (third dosage). Non-vaccinated or individuals who have not completed three doses have to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 7 days.

The global campaign ‘Travel to Korea’ has begun again and targets world over travellers with a showcase of new recommended attractions like K-Drama filming sites, food, culture and unexplored regions to visit in Korea and more. Additionally, there is another ‘Let’s Go Korea’ campaign that targets PAN India outbound travellers, with a customer centric approach.

Pleased about the reopening of Korea, Y.G. Choi, Director Korea Tourism Organization said “We are very excited to welcome the Indian travellers to South Korea after a long pause. We have just switched on the reset button for South Korea travel. Our offerings will be focused on new market segments like luxury and entertainment for generation Z. There are a variety of assets S. Korea has in terms of luxury experiences and entertainment inspired from the world of K-pop and K-Drama shoot locations. We will also be focusing on co-working with multiple travel trade partners and making the best price options available for the Indian travellers to visit Korea.”