For the convenience of travellers in the area, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai, India, opened two new, roomy visa application centres on September 1st 2023 in Chennai and Bengaluru.
With the opening of these cutting-edge South Korea visa application centres (KVACs), travellers from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Pondicherry, and Tamil Nadu will be able to submit their applications with ease for all visa categories, including express visa applications, from Monday through Friday, 9AM to 1PM for individuals, 9AM to 12PM for travel agencies, and 10AM to 3PM for passport collection.
These KVACs are run with support from VFS Global, the leading provider of outsourcing and technology services to governments and diplomatic missions in the world, and they also provide optional services for a select group of customers.
Since 2011, the Embassy has been running KVACs in Kolkata and New Delhi.
As the two nations celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, South Korea is actively pushing travel from India to the East Asian nation.
Up until 2019, Indian travel to South Korea has been growing quickly, but it has since started to fall because to Covid-19 and other causes. The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) India office has introduced a unique K-incentive Scheme to increase sales of Korea travel packages for travel agencies in India as part of the ongoing marketing efforts for 2023 to improve tourism. Indian tourists are also being encouraged to visit regional tourism hotspots like Busan, Gangwon, and Jellanam-do provinces in addition to Seoul.