The Jakarta Post
Jeonju Hanok Village in South Korea (Shutterstock/ e5can)
Some lucky Indonesians are now eligible to apply for a 10-year multiple-entry visa to South Korea, an embassy official said on Thursday.
Since last year, Indonesians have been able to apply for a five-year multiple-entry visa, which is valid for 30 days of stay per visit. Compared to a single-entry visa that will take six working days to process, a multiple-entry visa can be obtained in just one day after the application is submitted, reported kompas.com. Visa applicants are required to include a financial statement, either a copy of their bank account statement, tax return or salary slip.
However, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-Beom announced that the country now offered a multiple-entry visa valid for 10 years, in addition to the five-year visa, and Indonesian citizens were no longer required to include their financial statement when applying.
“The 10-year multiple visa can be issued at any time with 90 days duration of stay for each visit,” said Kim in Jakarta on Thursday.
Do note, however, that the new policy does not apply to all citizens. For the five-year multiple-entry visa, those eligible to apply by simply showing their proof of employment are civil servants, state enterprise employees and employees of airlines that frequently fly to and from South Korea. Additionally, those who have visited South Korea or other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, or applicants who earn more than US$8,000 per year, are also eligible and only required to submit a copy of their passport and proof of annual income, respectively.
As for the 10-year multiple-entry visa, those eligible include doctors, lawyers, accountants, lecturers, notaries and other professionals, who need to submit proof of employment and a copy of certification based on their expertise. Bachelor graduates from universities in South Korea or master degree graduates from any foreign university are also eligible and need to show their educational certificate. Also welcome are directors of companies with at least $500,000 in capital; they will be asked for their work certificate.
The embassy also announced that it would no longer accept visa applications. Starting May 2, Indonesians are required to submit their applications at the Korea Visa Application Center in the Lotte Shopping Avenue mall in Kuningan, South Jakarta. (dpk/kes)
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