Sometimes, getting all your paperwork together to teach English in South Korea can take just a little too long. Or, you may already be in the country when you secure a job and need to head overseas to swap your visa over to an E2. Whatever the reason, visa runs are an inconvenience, but luckily Fukuoka is a mere hour flight away from many cities in Korea and makes for a pleasant enough getaway. Here are some tips to make your visa run from South Korea to Fukuoka as easy and stress-free as possible.
Booking your flight
Fly from Busan if you can, as the flight prices will be the cheapest and the flight duration will be the least painful to endure. Another option is Daegu, though Busan tends to have the greater volume of flights to choose from. Here are cheap airlines to check:
|Airline Name||Port(s) of Departure|
|T’way Air||Incheon, Daegu|
|Air Busan||Busan, Gimpo, Jeju, Daegu|
|Jeju Air||Incheon, Busan|
Remember, when you book your ticket, that you will need 3 days to get your E2 visa in Fukuoka. That’s applying for the visa before 11:30 Monday and picking it up in the afternoon on Wednesday. Getting it quicker is not an option, so don’t make the mistake of booking a flight too soon!
Booking a hotel
It’s easy enough to find accommodation in Japan. Places can be booked online, so you can have everything sorted before you even touch down in Fukuoka. Check the following sites for lodging:
Finding the embassy
Take free shuttle from the international terminal to the domestic terminal. Upon disembarkation, turn right and go down into the subway.
Take the subway (300 yen) to Tojin Machi station and take Exit 1. Walk straight for several minutes until you reach the first major intersection you come to. Cross the street and take an immediate right. Walk for another few minutes until the next major intersection. Across the way you’ll see a building with a Korean flag — that’s it!
South Korean Consulate in Fukuoka
1-1-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka Japan, 810-0065
Phone number: 81-(0)92-771-0461/3
Hours of operation: Drop off visa applications between 9:00 and 11:30. Pick up your visa between 13:30 and 16:00. The consulate is closed on Korean/ Japanese national holidays and weekends.
Getting your visa
As mentioned above, you’ll need to arrive at the consulate between 9:00 and 11:30 to apply for your visa. Be sure to bring the following:
- Your passport
- Passport photo (1)
- Completed visa application form
- Your visa issuance number.
- 4,950 Japanese yen (cash) for the visa fee
- Keep your receipt! You will be asked for it by security when you return to pick up your passport.
The visa process takes three business days. For example — you could drop your visa off between 9:00 and 11:30 Monday morning, then pick it up between 13:30 and 16:00 Wednesday afternoon.
Ever had to do a visa run to Fukuoka, or anywhere else? How was your experience? Do you have any tips to share? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!
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