South Korea second country to get visa-on-arrival facility.
South Korean nationals can now fly into India and obtain a visa on arrival, with the home ministry approving South Korea as the only country other than Japan eligible for this facility. The visa-on-arrival conditions will be the same as Japan, allowing South Korean passport holders double entry for a period not exceeding 60 days for business, tourism, medical and conference purposes.
As per home ministry sources, the visa-on-arrival facility, extended with effect from October 1, 2018, can be availed at six airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Japanese and South Korean nationals who do not have a residence or occupation in India and are of an assured financial standing can avail of this facility.
Visa-on-arrival is non-extendable and non-convertible.
Visa-on-Arrival is granted to a South Korean National –
(i) who is visiting India for a period not exceeding 60 days and for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes;
(ii) who does not have a residence or occupation in India;
(iii) who holds a passport with a minimum validity of six months;
(iv) who is a person of assured financial standing (the production of a return ticket/onward journey ticket and availability of sufficient money to spend during his stay in India);
(v) who is not a persona-non-grata to the Government of India;
(vi) who is not considered an undesirable person;
- This facility is not available to the citizens of South Korea if the person or either of his/her parents or grandparents (paternal or maternal) was born in, or was permanently resident in Pakistan. Such persons can visit India only after obtaining an appropriate visa from the Indian Mission/Post concerned.
- The Visa-on-Arrival facility is not available to holders of Diplomatic/Official passports.
- Visa-on-Arrival shall be non-extendable and non-convertible.
‘Visa-on-Arrival’ will be valid for entry and stay in India within the period of its validity subject to the conditions specified. The Immigration officer may grant a double entry ‘Visa-on-Arrival’ valid up to 60 days to the citizens of South Korea.
Visa-on-Arrival is provided to Korean Nationals only at six designated International Airports namely, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
Fee for Visa-on-Arrival
A fee of Rs. 2,000/- or equivalent in foreign currency per passenger (including children), will be charged from each South Korean National for the grant of Visa-on-Arrival.
Procedure for applying for Visa-on-Arrival
- South Korean Nationals would be required to fill an application form (Annexure I). The format of the physical form will also be available from the airlines on board the flight. The South Korean Nationals would be required to carry duly filled “VOA Application Form” along with duly filled Disembarkation Card.
- With the physical form, the South Korean Nationals would approach the “Visa Counter”. The Visa Officer will scrutinize the filled in application form, check eligibility criteria, purpose of visit, swipe the passport and key-in additional fields from the duly- filled application form in the application software.
- After checking the eligibility criteria, the Visa Granting Officer would put “SCRUTINISED” stamp on the physical application form and then the South Korean National would be directed for payment of fee.
- After payment of fee, South Korean Nationals would approach the Immigration Counter wherein biometrics/image capturing would be done and payment details would be verified/stored.
- The Immigration officer would then stamp the passport and collect Disembarkation card.
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