South Korea to introduce fingerprint checks

24 Sep 2009

Visitors to South Korea will be required to have their fingerprints taken from 2012 as part of the country's tightened immigration security regulations.

Foreigners aged over 17 must provide prints of their index finger and an identity photograph upon entry. Full fingerprints and a photo are asked of those intending to stay for more than three months.

According to the Justice Ministry, a bill for fingerprinting foreigners will be submitted to Parliament next month.

Currently, the fingerprinting of foreign visitors is being implemented in the US, Japan and the UK.

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Julian Tan

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