On June 1, more than 1,000 applicants lined up at the consular office of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Tokyo, Japan in hopes of receiving a tourist visa to travel to South Korea.
This visa, known as a C-3 visa, allows travelers to visit the country for up to 90 days.
The large influx of applicants can be mainly attributed to the easing of travel restrictions after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though the embassy previously reviewed C-3 visa applications in 2022, visas were only allowed to be granted on June 1, with a maximum acceptance limit of 150 per day.
Many within the line of 1,000+ applicants planned to wait overnight to improve their chances of obtaining a visa the following day.
While the motives behind each applicant’s interest in traveling to the country vary, South Korean popular media and entertainment have influenced many potential travelers.
One applicant was a MOA who wanted to be able to see TXT‘s “ACT: LOVESICK” 2022 world tour premiere in Seoul on July 2.
Idol group TXT will hold a concert at the beginning of July. I have to go to Seoul for this.
—Female applicant in her 30s
A 53 year old mother applied for the tourist visa to finally reunite with her daughter, who is living in South Korea as a K-Pop trainee.
Another applicant’s interest in Korea’s shopping and entertainment sector Korea was piqued after watching K-Dramas like Crash Landing On You.
As the demand for C-3 visas have become exceptionally high, it is unclear whether the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan has any plans to increase the amount of issued visas per day.