What is Visa?

A visa is a conditional authorization granted by a territory to a foreigner, allowing them to enter, remain within, or to leave that territory. Visas typically may include limits on the duration of the foreigner's stay, areas within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, the number of permitted visits or an individual's right to work in the country in question. Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter a territory and thus are, in most countries, distinct from actual formal permission for an alien to enter and remain in the country. In each instance, a visa is subject to entry permission by an immigration official at the time of actual entry, and can be revoked at any time. A visa most commonly takes the form of a sticker endorsed in the applicant's passport or other travel document.

Medical treatment visa (C-3-3, G-1-10)

Visa for foreign nationals arriving for treatment in hospitals of South Korea.

Medical visa candidates

  • 1. A foreign patient who intends to enter Korea for medical treatment at medical institution of South Korea
  • 2. Spouses and immediate family members who are required to enter Korea for care of foreign patients.

Types of medical visa:

  • Short-term medical visa (no more than 90 days) : C-3-3
  • Long-term medical visa (more than 91 days) : G-1-10

Required Documents

Application for overseas diplomatic applications

  • ① Application form for visa issuance (attached sheet No. 17), passport, one standard photo, commission
  • ② Proof documentation such as a hospital medical certificate and doctor's note that can be called for treatment issued by the national,
  • ③ Proof of reservation for treatment in domestic medical institutions
  • ④ Documents to show the ability to pay medical expenses or stay, such as medical expenses or financial ability
  • ⑤ Proof of family relationship (marriage certificate, certificate of family relationship record, birth certificate, etc.)
※ The head of a diplomatic mission abroad may add or subtract the required documents in accordance with the situation of the host country (jurisdiction) if necessary for the visa examination.

Certificate of issuance of visa* Application candidate

  • ① Application for visa issuance authorization (attached sheet No. 21), copy of passport, one standard photo
  • ② Proof of medical purpose issued by the medical institution
    • - Local hospital medical certificate or report
    • - If you have never been treated, explain the purpose of entry
  • ③ Documents to prove treatment and residence cost procurement ability
    • - Bank statement (in English), bank statement for the past 6 months
  • ④ Certificate of employment or certificate of attendance
  • ⑤ If you have a family member, proof of family relationship *
    * Marriage certificate, certificate of family relationship record, birth certificate, etc.
    • - Copies of passports of family members, scanned proof photographs
    • - Certificate of employment or certificate of attendance of the accompanying family
    • - Documents to prove the ability of the accompanying family to finance their stay
    ※ The head of the office may add or subtract the attached documents if necessary to examine the purpose of entry, the authenticity of the invitation, the confirmation of the inviter and the invitation of the inviter.

* All documents must be submitted in original and translated Korean or English.
* What is a visa issuance certificate? It is a system in which the inviter or agency can complete the application for the visa issuance certificate through the visa portal without visiting the domestic immigration / foreigner's office and receive the visa quickly from the diplomatic mission abroad based on the approval contents.

Procedures for issuing visas

1. Applying for a visa at a diplomatic mission abroad

Application Location : Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Korea
Applicant : foreign applicant


2. Application for visa issuance certificate through Visa portal

Application route : Visa portal (www.visa.go.kr/) Application menu >> Visa issuance certificate
Applicant : application by proxy
Visa Issuance Time : About 2 weeks (Depending on the situation of the Immigration Office, the visa application process may be delayed or rejected.)