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FAQ

  • A :

    Unfortunately, VAT is not currently imposed on a reconstructive surgery for congenital anomalies, which means that it is not a tax-exempt medical treatment, and therefore, there will not be any VAT to be refunded.

     

     

    If VAT was not levied, there is nothing to refund in regard to the VAT refund.

     

    If you want to check whether you can get a refund, please contact the medical center or Medical Korea’s support center (1577-7129).

     

  • A :

    1. Alien registration is a system to administer the overall matters regarding foreign nationals who are staying in the Republic of Korea for longer than 90 days per the immigration control act.

    2. Specifically, those who intend to stay in Korea for more than 90 days from the date of their entry or intend to do so by changing their status of sojourn are required to submit the alien registration no later than 90 days (or the date when their status change was approved in case of changing their status of sojourn) from the date of their entry to the Korea Immigration Service or immigration office of their residence.

    - Note, however, that alien registration shall not apply to those who perform duties in terms of diplomatic/official agreement, their family members, and others who are deemed to be exempted from alien registration by the Ministry of Justice.

    - This strictly applies to foreign nationals who entered Korea with a Medical Visa (C-3-3 or G-1-10) for the purpose of receiving medical treatment. If you plan to stay in Korea for 90 days or longer, you must complete alien registration.

    3. Those who complete alien registration are considered eligible to be insured by Korean health insurance. This does not apply to foreign patients who entered Korea for the purpose of receiving medical treatment (C-3-3 or G-1-10).

  • A :

    Firstly, you need to check if the medical institution is a medical institution that can provide VAT refunds.

     

    If the institution is not registered as a medical institution for foreign patients and is not approved by the Minister of Health and Welfare, the institution cannot provide the refunds. - Not all medical institutions in Korea are covered by the tax refund and there are requirements for medical institutions to provide VAT refunds, as follows. - First, the institution must be registered as a medical institution for foreign patients and approved by the Minister of Health and Welfare. - Second, the institution must have a franchise agreement contract with a business operator approved by National Tax Service, and have the required equipment such as terminal equipment, purchased and prepared in the facility.

     

     

    On the other hand, if the medical institution is registered as a medical institution for foreign patients but is not yet prepared with the required equipment such as terminal equipment, the medical institution can be advised to have the system prepared as soon as possible and the patient can re-visit the medical institution before you leave the country and claim for the refund slip.

     

    If you experience any conflicts over VAT refunds with a medical institution, please inquire Medical Korea Support Center by 1577-7129.

  • A :

    There are three ways to apply for a medical tourist visa (C-3-3, G-1-10).

    First, a patient can apply for a visa directly at a diplomatic office.

     

    - Since a patient directly applies for his or her visa application in person, the patient can provide his or her medical information and circumstances more accurately. However, there is an inconvenience for the patient to visit the embassy when applying for and receiving the visa. .

     

    Second, an organization providing medical tourism services to foreign patients can apply for a visa on behalf of a patient by submitting a “Certificate of Visa Issuance.”

     

    - The visa application is reviewed in Korea (Immigration Office under the Ministry of Justice) rather than at the embassy of the patient’s country and the result is sent to the embassy. Then, the embassy attaches the visa to the patient’s passport.

     

    - The patient does not need to visit an Immigration Office. When the application and attached documents are submitted online, the Ministry of Justice reviews them and sends the results of review online to the respective embassy.

     

    - However, since the embassy attaches the visa to the patient’s passport, the patient does need to visit the embassy.

     

    Lastly, the patient can apply for an electronic visa.

     

    - Unlike the “Certificate of Visa Issuance,” an electronic visa is a complete visa. Patients do not need to visit a diplomatic office of their respective countries. They can simply print out the electronic visas issued to them.

     

    - However, only organizations with excellent records of medical tourism services to foreign patients as designated by the Ministry of Justice can apply for an electronic visa.

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