No More Passport Stamps for Korean Travelers

The Korea Immigration Service will no longer place entry stamps in Korean passports at air- and sea ports nationwide from Thursday to reduce immigration lines, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Travelers can get their passports stamped as before if they want and get immigration certificates issued by nearby regional immigration offices or village community centers if they need them.

Immigration officials will continue to place exit stamps in passports for outbound travelers because the countries they are traveling to may need them.

The ministry will install two automated immigration/emigration check-in machines at Gimpo Airport to go into operation Thursday in addition to 24 such machines already installed at Incheon Airport.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 10, 2011 11:00 KST