According to Korea Immigration Service, Ministry of Justice Republic of Korea, Smart Entry Service (fast track) will take away all the tiredness.” Foreign residents were allowed to use SES on August 2010 although it was limited to only F-5 status and D-8 status holders. But recently eligible visa status for SES has been increased from 2 to 10 due to expansion of the service. Korea Immigration Service said that “Foreign nationals whose home country signed an agreement of MOU with Korea on the mutual automated immigration clearance are able to take advantage of Smart Entry Service (fast track).

Among the above eligible foreigners for SES should be over 17, and provide their fingerprints and facial images. After registration at Incheon, Gimpo, and Gimhae international airports, City Airport Terminals at COEX and Seoul Station, and KOTRA, one can use SES right away

Registration Procedure

1. Need to register for SES at Auto-immigration Registration Center in Incheon, Gimpo, and Gimhae international airports, City Airport Terminals at COEX and Seoul Station, and KOTRA.

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2. At Auto-immigration Registration Center, you can register with your passport and alien registration card. You will be asked for fingerprint and may be for facial image.

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3. After registration, you can use the auto-clearance machine at the airport. You will be asked to put your passport on the scanner, and then you will also be asked to let the machine to scan your facial image. You can see the below auto-clearance machine beside the immigration section at the airport.

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Some people call this service as a fast track service, so we also sometimes call it fast track.

For information about different visa type, please refer to our other post here: Different Types of Visa in Korea.