Exchange of Notes between Japan and the ROK concerning the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic or Official Passport Holders

October 8, 1998

  1. The exchange of Notes concerning the Waiver of Visa Requirements for Diplomatic or Official Passport Holders between Japan and the Republic of Korea took place on October 8 (Thu.) in Tokyo (Akasaka Palace) between Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Foreign Minister of Japan, and Mr. Hong Soon Young, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the ROK. Through this exchange of Notes, the waiver will come into force on December 7 of this year.

  2. The agreement stipulates that:
    The two countries will respectively take measures to allow nationals of the other country who hold diplomat passports or official passports and
    (1) wish to enter the country for the purpose of performing diplomatic or consular functions or other official duties to enter them without a visa and regardless of their period of stay, or
    (2) wish to enter the country for a short stay of up to 90 days for a purpose other than such official functions,
    to enter them without a visa. This measure will not applicable to those who intend to enter the other country with intention of seeking employment or of taking up an occupation.

  3. It is hoped that the present measure will enhance personnel exchanges between the two countries, and enhance the friendly bilateral relationship.

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