South Korean Passport

$3,000.00

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements for South Korean citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Republic of Korea. As of 15 January 2019, South Korean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories, ranking the South Korean passport second in the world in terms of travel freedom (tied with the Singaporean passport, and one ranking down from the Japanese passport) according to the Henley Passport Index. Additionally, Arton Capital’s Passport Index currently rank the South Korean passport third in the world in terms of travel freedom, with a visa-free score of 165 (tied with Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Singaporean, Spanish, Swedish and United States passports), as of 15 January 2019.

Description

South Korean Passport

The Republic of Korea passport (Korean: 대한민국 여권) is issued to a South Korean citizen to facilitate their international travel. Like any other passports, they serve as proof for passport holders’ personal information, such as nationality and date of birth. South Korean passports also indicate the holder’s resident registration number, unless the holder does not have one. South Korean passports are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and have been printed by the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation

Types

Ordinary passport: Issued to normal citizens.

Ordinary passports are issued for one, five, or ten years of validity.

Official passport: Issued to members of the National Assembly and civil servants.
Diplomatic passport: Issued to diplomats and nationals who serve under diplomatic terms are given this special passport. These passports guarantee special treatment in other countries.

Physical appearance

South Korean passports are dark green, with the National Emblem of the Republic of Korea emblazoned in gold in the centre of the front cover. The word ‘대한민국’ (Korean) and ‘REPUBLIC OF KOREA’ (English)

are inscribed above the Emblem whereas ‘여권’ (Korean), ‘PASSPORT’ (English) and the international e-passport symbol are inscribed below the Emblem

Difference with DPRK passport

In North Korea the word is spelled 려권 (lyeogwon), whereas in South Korea the same word is written 여권 (yeogwon).

Identity Information Page

Photo of the passport holder
Type (PM or PR or PS) PM passports can be used for multiple entries while PS passports are valid for a single entry. PR passports are for Koreans who are permanent residents of countries other than Korea.. However, the PR type passport has been abolished as of 2017/12/21 and permanent residents of other countries now get a normal passport
Issuing country code – KOR
Passport number (Includes a total of nine digits. In the newly issued passports starting August 25, 2008, the Passport Number will retain the same 9 digits but the Issued Local code will be changed to a single letter M noting PM passports and S for PS passports. The rest of the 8 digits will be the serial number.)
Surname – (Passports from many other nations such as Bulgaria and Greece have the names to be written in local script then in the Latin alphabet. However, in a Korean passport, only the Latin alphabet is permitted for use in the Surname and Given name sections. Their local script name is written in the Hangul name section.)
Given names
Nationality – Republic of Korea
Date of birth
Date of issue
Date of expiry
Sex
Personal ID number (Resident registration number of South Korea); however, South Korean passports issued to Zainichi Koreans do not have resident registration numbers, reflecting their statutory exemption from taxation and conscription in South Korea (Conversely, Zainichi Koreans were not allowed to vote.[14] However, from 2012, all Korean passport holders are eligible to vote[15], and in 2015, Zainichi Koreans were allowed to obtain a resident registration number regardless of their statutory exemptions).
Issuing authority – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Hangul name

Passport note

The note inside South Korean passports are written in both Korean and English. The message in the passport, written by the South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, states:

In Korean:

대한민국 국민인 이 여권소지인이 아무 지장 없이 통행할 수 있도록 하여 주시고 필요한 모든 편의 및 보호를 베풀어 주실 것을 관계자 여러분께 요청합니다.[Note 1]

In English:

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea requests all whom it may concern to permit the bearer, a national of the Republic of Korea, to pass freely without delay or hindrance and to give every possible assistance and protection in case of need.

Languages

The textual portions of passports is printed in both English and Korean.
Bio-metric passport

The South Korean government has been issuing bio-metric passports since February 2008 for diplomats and government officials. They have been issuing this type of passports to all of their citizens since August 25, 2008.

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs formed the “Committee for promoting e-passports” in April 2006, and it was scheduled to issue bio-metric passports in the second half of 2008. On September 4, 2007, the media reported that the South Korean government decided to revise its passport law to issue bio-metric passports which include fingerprint information, first to the diplomats in the first quarter of 2008, and the rest of the public in the second half of the year. Some civil liberties have caused some controversy over the fingerprinting requirement because the ICAO only requires a photograph be recorded on the chip.

On February 26, 2008, the South Korean legislature passed a revision of the passport law. A new bio-metric passport was issued to diplomats in March, and to the general public shortly thereafter. Fingerprinting measures would not be implemented immediately; however, they began January 1, 2010.

The appearance of the new bio-metric passports is almost identical to the former machine-readable versions, and they both have 48 pages. However, the space for visas was reduced by six pages. These pages are now reserved for identification purposes, notices and other information, as well as the bearer’s contacts. In the new bio-metric passports, the main identification page has moved to the second page from inside the front cover. The note from the Foreign Affairs Minister is still shown on the front page and the signature is shown on the page after photo identification.

The new biometric passport incorporates many security features such as color shifting ink, hologram, ghost image, infrared ink, intaglio, laser perforation of the passport number (from the third page to the back cover), latent image, microprinting, security thread, solvent sensitive ink, and steganography.

Inside the backcover, a caution for the biometric chip is written both in Korean,

“주의 – 이 여권에는 민감한 전자칩이 내장되어 있습니다. 접거나 구멍을 뚫는 행위 또는 극한 환경(온도,습도)에의 노출로 여권이 손상될 수 있으니 취급에 주의하여 주시기 바랍니다.”

and in English,

“This passport contains sensitive electronics, For best performance please do not bend, perforate or expose to extreme temperatures or excess moisture.”

The passport holders’ contact information that was originally held inside the backcover has also been moved to the last page of the new passport.
Production

As of January 2009, the Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation takes eight hours to produce the new biometric passport and is capable of producing 26,500 passports per day.

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements for South Korean citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Republic of Korea. As of 15 January 2019, South Korean citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories, ranking the South Korean passport second in the world in terms of travel freedom (tied with the Singaporean passport, and one ranking down from the Japanese passport) according to the Henley Passport Index. Additionally, Arton Capital’s Passport Index currently rank the South Korean passport third in the world in terms of travel freedom, with a visa-free score of 165 (tied with Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Singaporean, Spanish, Swedish and United States passports), as of 15 January 2019.

As of October 2018, the passports of South Korea, Brunei and Chile are the only ones to provide visa-free access to all G8 countries.

Inter-Korea travel

The South Korean (Republic of Korea) constitution considers North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) as part of its territory, although under a different administration. In other words, the South does not view going to and from the North as breaking the continuity of a person’s stay, as long as the traveler does not land on third country, i.e. non-Korean, territory.

However, because of the political situation between the South and the isolated socialist Juche government of North Korea, it is almost impossible to enter the North from the South across the Korean DMZ (exiting South Korea via the northern border). Tourists wishing to enter North Korea have to pass through another country, and most enter from China, because most flights to/from Pyongyang serve Beijing.

South Koreans are generally not allowed to visit North Korea, except with special authorizations granted by the Ministry of Unification and North Korean authorities on a limited basis (e.g. workers and businessmen visiting or commuting to/from Kaesong Industrial Complex). South Koreans who are allowed to visit North Korea are issued a North Korean visa on a separate sheet of paper, not in the South Korean passport. The Republic of Korea passport can be used to enter North Korea, because passport is one of the government’s approved identity documents, but it is being only to prove the bearer’s identity, not to determine the bearer’s legal residence. South Koreans can also use other government approved identity documents such as National ID Card and Driver’s License, because the South Korean government treats North Korea as part of South Korea and expects South Korean IDs to be accepted.

In 1998, visa-free travel to the tourist resort of Mount Kumgang and the Kaesong Industrial Region was made possible under the “sunshine policy” orchestrated by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung. Those wishing to travel across the DMZ were given special travel certificates issued by the Ministry of Unification through Hyundai Asan. In July 2008, a female tourist named Park Wang-ja was shot to death by a North Korean guard on a beach near Mount Kumgang, which led to the suspension of the tours. As of March 2010 all travel across the DMZ has now been suspended due to increasing tensions between North and South Korea. However in 2018, Kim Jong-un and others went to South Korea through the DMZ and met up with South Korean officials. They discussed reunification.

 

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