E-2 Visa Run Guide

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E-2 Visa Run Guide

E-2 Visa Run Guide

Usefulness of Visa Run

  • Thanks to the visa run trip, applying teachers with tourist visa in Korea can conveniently change to E-2 visa via 2 to 4 days of short trip to the nearest countries where Korean consulates/embassies situated as Japan or Hong Kong or Guam.
  • Visa run is also useful when teachers want to switch jobs before contract/visa expires, in which case they’ll need to get a letter of release to switch employers. If their employers won’t give them a letter of release, they need to go on a visa run for renewing their visa.

Popular destinations – Fukuoka or Osaka in Japan

  • The most popular destinations are Fukuoka or Osaka in Japan. It usually takes 2 business days to complete the process. But for teaching programs that issue a Notice of Appointment number (NOA) such as English Program in Korea (EPIK), Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE), Jeonbuk Office of Education (JB EPIK), Gyeongnam Office of Education (GOE), Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education (IMOE), it takes 3 business days.
  • Teachers should submit their visa application before 3:30pm of the day they arrive and their visa will be ready for pick-up by 10am~ 12noon (in Fukuoka Korean Consulate) and 1:30pm~ 2pm (in Osaka Korean Consulate) of the following day.
  • If you want to spend more time in Japan, stay over the weekend. Do your visa application on Thursday and Friday, Monday and Tuesday or Friday and Monday. Then you have the weekend to explore. Of course, you will have to pay for your own weekend expenses.
  • Always double-check your dates since Japan has MANY holidays and on holidays the Consulate/Embassy is closed. Recommend to call the Fukuoka/Osaka Consulate in advance to ensure that they will be open during the time that you’ll be there and how long they expect the visa turnaround time will be.
  • You need to check both the holidays of Japan and Korea when the Consulate/Embassy is closed in reference to the following;
  • January 1-3: New Year (Shogatsu)
  • Second Monday in January: Coming of Age (Seiji No Hi)
  • February 11: National Foundation Day (Kenkoku Kinenbi)
  • March 21: Spring Eqinox Day (Shunbun No Hi)
  • April 29: Green Day (Midori No Hi)
  • May 3: Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi)
  • May 4: “Between Day” (Lokumin No Kyujitsu)
  • May 5: Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi)
  • Third Monday of July: Ocean Day (Umi No Hi)
  • Third Monday of September: Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro No Hi)
  • September 23: Autumn Equinox Day (Shubun No Hi)
  • Second Monday of October: Health and Sports Day (Taiiku No Hi)
  • November 3: Culture Day (Bunka No Hi)
  • November 23: Labour Thanksgiving Day (Kinro Kansha No Hi)
  • December 23: Emperor’s Birthday (Tenno No Tanjobi)
  • Note: If a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be free as well.
  • Solar New Year’s, January 1st 
  • Independence Movement Day, March 1
    This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence proclaimed on March 1, 1919, while under Japanese colonization. A reading of the declaration takes place in a special ceremony at Tapgol Park in Seoul, where the document was first read to the public.
  • Children’s Day, May 5
    On this day, parents dress up their little ones and take them to children’s parks, amusement parks, zoos, or to the cinema for a full day of fun and games.
  • Memorial Day, June 6
    Memorial Day is set aside to honor the soldiers and civilians who have given their lives for their country. The largest ceremony is held at the National Cemetery in Seoul.
  • Liberation Day, August 15
    This day commemorates Japanese acceptance of the Allies’ terms of surrender and the resulting liberation of Korea in 1945.
  • Foundation Day, October 3
    This day commemorates the founding of the Korean nation in 2333 B.C. by the legendary god-king Dangun. A simple ceremony is held at an altar on top of Mt. Manisan in Ganghwado Province. The altar is said to have been erected by Dangun to offer thanks to his father and grandfather in heaven.
  • Christmas Day, December 25
    Christmas is observed as a national holiday in Korea as in many other countries.
  • New Year’s (Seol-nal), 1st day of 1st lunar month, plus the day before and after
    Lunar New Year’s Day (Seollal) is one of the most important traditional holidays of the year; the holiday is much more significant than January 1st. Most businesses are closed, and people take several days off from work to visit their hometowns to be with their family. On the day of Seollal, everyone gets up early, puts on their best clothes, and bows to their elders as a reaffirmation of family ties. Feasts are held with specially prepared food such asttokguk and manduguk. People play traditional games, fly kites, or spin tops.
  • Buddha’s Birthday (Seokka Tanshin-il), 8th day of 4th lunar month
    The 8th day of the 4th lunar month. Elaborate, solemn rituals are held at many Buddhist temples across the country and lanterns are hung in the temple courtyards. The Sunday before Buddha’s birthday these lanterns are lit and carried in parades in the evening.
  • Harvest Moon Festival (Chuesok), 14-16th days of 8th lunar month
    Chuseok is one of the year’s most important traditional holidays. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Chuseok is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day. It’s a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. Family members come from all over the country to visit their ancestral homes.
  • Please find the detailed guideline for your visa run trip to either Fukuoka or Osaka;
  • Visa issuance number or Notice of Appointment (NOA) number
  • Your full address in Korea, your director’s name (in Korean), school address and phone number
  • A completed Visa application form
  • Your passport with remaining validity of at least one year
  • One passport-size photo
  • The visa fee of about 5,000 ~ 6,000 JPY
  • Cash Flow (about 300,000 Japanese Yen for Transportation fares, several meals, visa service fee) 
  • Address: 1-1-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 810-0065
  • Phone Number: +81-(0)92-771-0461/3
  • Service Hours: 9:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri), Closed weekends and holidays
  • Directions from the airport:
    • Take the subway from the airport to Tojin Machi station (9th stop from the airport right after Ohori Koen station).
    • From Tojin Machi station, go out exit one (1) which says Korean Consulate on it. Go straight out the exit towards the traffic light. Cross the intersection and turn (if you hit the river you’ve gone to far!). Go straight for about 10 minutes and you will arrive at the consulate which is a building with a Korean style roof and a Korean Flag.
  • You can submit your visa application at Fukuoka Korean Consulate within these hours (9am ~ 11am and 13:30pm ~ 15:30pm). You must come back on the next day morning and collect your passport with visa stamp (between 10am ~ 12noon). They won’t give it to you in the afternoon.
  • You should pre-arrange your motel/hotel before you go there as it is very hard to get a room without your passport lately.
  • You could go to Busan city and take ferries to Fukuoka too. You can catch the ship at Jungangdong International Ferry Terminal in Busan. The terminal in Fukuoka is the Hakata Ferry Port.
  • You have two options for sea travel. The cheapest way over is by taking the overnight ferry. It takes about 14 hours. The more quicker way for sea travel, would be taking the JR Beetle Jetfoil, which takes 3 hours to cross over.
  • Address: 2-3-4 Nishi-sinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, 542-0086
  • Phone number: +81-(0)6-6213-1401~3
  • Service Hours: 9:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00 (Mon-Fri), Closed weekends and holidays
  • Directions from the airport:
    • Go to the information desk at the airport and ask for the subway map. Take the ‘RAPIT‘ train, NANKAI line, from the airport and get off at the last stop called ‘Namba‘ station. Once you clear customs, just follow the signs or you can ask any information desk at the airport; anyone manning these desks will speak English. It costs about 1,500 Yen and takes 40 minutes.
    • From Namba station, go straight out exit 25 until you reach the Holiday Inn Nankai Hotel. It’s a 10 to 15 minute walk, or just a few minutes by taxi (expensive). The Korean consulate is right across from the hotel.
  • The Osaka Consulate will provide you visa around 1:30pm ~ 2pm on the second day of Japan trip. As teachers are normally have 5pm return flight to Korea, you have to be aware that you don’t have much time to go back to Osaka airport. Please double-check the way back to Osaka airport from Korean Consulate on the second day morning.

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