Hong Kongers can once again apply for tourist visas for South Korea from June 1, the Republic of Korea’s Consulate General in Hong Kong announced on Wednesday.
It comes after the country announced it would resume issuing short-term travel visas for foreign tourists next month after suspending them for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Consulate General said in a notice on its website that from June 1, its visa department will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
He added that he would limit the number of visa applicants to 30 people per day and the number of people waiting in the visa section to 10 per day due to limited space in the waiting area and efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
He noted that travelers must fill in the electronic form (Visa) online in advance and they will not be allowed to enter the office if they do not.
Travelers should only apply in person.
Visas will take a minimum of seven working days to process and they can be collected Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Candidates will be informed of the collection date during the application or by SMS.
The Consulate General added that visa-free entry for Hong Kong passport holders is still suspended, therefore valid visas are required to visit South Korea.
Those who have received three doses of a World Health Organization-approved COVID-19 vaccine or two injections within 14 to 180 days are exempt from quarantine.
Travelers’ vaccination records must be registered via the Q-CODE web page.
For any questions, please contact the Consulate General at [email protected]