Australian Embassy
Republic of Korea
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

E2 visa


We understand that the government of the Republic of Korea is changing its immigration policies effective 15 December 2007, to require that criminal records checks and a health certificate be submitted with all E-2 visa applications or extensions. Further information can be sought from the Korean Immigration Immigration service, Border Control Division on 500-9116~8, or their website:

Below are the relevant information for Australian Citizens concerning criminal records checks and apostille procedures.

Criminal Records Checks:

The Australian Federal Police in Canberra ( can issue a National Police Clearance Certificate that covers criminal records in all states and territories, except Queensland. The AFP has advised that this certificate is acceptable in all countries.

Apostille Procedures:

Countries that are party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents require an Apostille on documents which qualify as Australian public documents. A full list of countries that are party to this convention can be found at the Hague Conference on Private International Law website:

An Apostille may only be obtained from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade state or territory offices. Details can be obtained from the link below: