From 190.000W (sea)
From 300.000W (air)
VISA-RUN SPECIAL INCLUDES:
- Round-Trip Transportation (by air from Seoul’s Gimpo airport or by high speed ferry from Busan)
- Hotel Accommodations in Central Location (Tenjin)
- Free Consultation with Veteran Visa-Runners about the Visa Run Procedure
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WHAT IS A VISA RUN & DO I HAVE TO MAKE ONE?
Most new expat teachers are not required to make a visa run. However, it’s often required for expats who are completing a year-long contract and want to remain in Korea. This is because Korean visas cannot be issued from within Korea, so visa applicants already in Korea must leave, visit a Korean Consulate in another country to get the new visa issued and stamped into their passports, and reenter Korea under the new visa. This process is often referred to as a ‘run’ because many people have to do it under considerable time pressure.
For the novice runner, the visa run can be quite stressful. However, for veterans, it’s a great excuse to take a short vacation on the employer’s dime. It doesn’t have to be a run. We encourage you to make it a shuffle or, time permitting, a leisurely stroll.
Fukuoka, Japan is the most popular visa run destination because it is close and affordable. The small scale of the city makes it easy to navigate by bike or on foot, so it will just be a short lap from your point of entry to your hotel, to the Korean Consulate, and back again. Moreover, Fukuoka is a fun place to visit, thanks to its warm(er) weather, beaches, canals (some call it the Venice of Asia), historic temples, and reputation as the noodle capital of Japan.
From Korea, Fukuoka is accessible by air and sea. The flight from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport takes about an hour. Another popular option is a high-speed ferry from Busan, which takes about three hours, and tends to be cheaper and more pleasant (at least, provided you’re able to get to Busan).
We at KoreaNow! have a lot of experience with the infamous run. Now, we’re pleased to our fellow runners discounted rates on trips and accommodations through the KoreaNow! Fukuoka Visa Run Special. This exclusive deal includes round-trip transportation and comfortable hotel accommodations for as low as W190.000 (sea) and W300.000 (air). These rates include personal assistance from native English speaker representatives who have completed the run themselves and know the process inside and out.
Fukuoka is by far the most popular destination for visa runs, for several reasons:
- Fukuoka is the closest and cheapest visa run destination. Located just 200 kilometers south of Busan, it can accessible by air and sea. The flight from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport takes about an hour. The high-speed ferry from Busan, takes about three hours and tends to be cheaper and more relaxing alternative.
- Fukuoka is smaller and easier to navigate than other visa run destinations like Tokyo and Osaka. The ferry terminal is located near the city center and Korean Consulate. The airport is also nearby, and accessible by subway.
- The capital of the Kyushu Province, with a population of about 3 million, Fukuoka offers plenty to see and do. It is known for its warm(er) weather, beaches, canals (some call it the Venice of Asia), historic temples, and reputation as the noodle capital of Japan. Due to the manageable scale, it is possible to visit most of the major attractions in just two days. Fukuoka also serves as a convenient launch pad for those who wish to explore Nagasaki, Dazaifu, and other parts of Japan’s southernmost island.