ATTENTION: The DOD Foreign Clearance Guide (FCG) has been updated to EXTEND the deadline for mandatory Special Issuance Passports (SIP) from 30 Sep 21 to 31 Mar 22. DOD Civilians and family members of military can continue to use their blue tourist passport with the signed DoD Passport Agent Memo stating the SIP application was submitted prior to departure. We highly encourage all currently assigned members in Korea to continue processing their SIP requests to meet the 31 Mar 22 deadline.
DoD Civilians and eligible family members on official travel must have either a Special Issuance Passport (SIP) or, as a temporary measure, a memorandum from a DoD Passport Agent stating the SIP application was submitted prior to departure from the point of origin. The memorandum must identify each applicant, date of submission, country of travel for PCS/TDY/TAD and DoD VPAS ID. For a limited time, boarding a flight while on official travel status with a Regular (blue tourist) Passport is permissible ONLY with such a memo, which is to be presented to boarding officials, upon request. NOTE: This temporary exception, i.e., allowing official travel on a Regular Passport with memorandum (in lieu of a SIP), will expire on 30 September 2021. Effective 01 October 2021, official travel must be conducted with a SIP.
For members PCSing out of Osan to Japan or Germany, the MPF passport agent is providing the SIP memo when members apply for their no-fee passport. Command sponsored dependents or DoD civilians who are already at Osan who do not have a no-fee passport, please apply for a no-fee passport now.
All applicants must be present at time of processing.
All passport application forms must be completed via the “Passport Wizard” at travel.state.gov, and printed singled sided.
Do Not Use the PDF download forms and Do Not Sign the application form.
For DoD members already in Korea, submit all documents to the 51 FSS Passport Office or contact them for further information at:
Building 936 Rm 115
DSN (315) 784-6719
2”X2” color photo taken within 6 months of application.
Photos can be taken by appointment at:
Building 937, Room 106
Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth, or U.S. birth certificate: issued by city, county or state of birth, lists applicant’s full name, date and place of birth, list parent(s)’ full names, has registrar’s signature and date filed with office (must be within 1 year of birth), and has the seal of the issuing authority.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth, or U.S. birth certificate, foreign birth certificate, adoption decree or Divorce/Custody decree.
All parents listed on birth certificate must be present before passport agent, if the parent(s) listed on birth certificate cannot appear in person, please bring original, completed and notarized Form DS 3053 for each under 16 applicant.
Valid ID includes:
State driver’s license
U.S. military ID
Military dependent ID
Military PCS Orders and Command Sponsor orders or Civilian Letter of Employment.
Only 1 special issued passport is permitted at one time.
Completed form DS 11
Completed form DS 82
Must hand carry the original negative PCR test lab report and at least 5 copies to immigrate to Korea. Results must say “NEGATIVE”, not “Not Detected.”
Must have personal identification documented on the PCR test certificate to match an ID such as DOB, DoD ID #, or Passport # — Not just traveler’s name.
Must have PCR test results dated within 72 hours of their international leg (verify date/time on test result)—ensure layovers & delays are accounted for
Must have a PCR test certificate in English and/or Hangul. If the result cannot be issued in these languages, personnel must get the test results translated, and then notarized at the ROK Embassy in their country of origin. A ROKG notarized certificate must be presented with the original PCR test result.
Must submit their negative PCR test certificate to the quarantine authorities upon arrival in the ROK or the member will be denied entry to the country.
Effective 1 September 2021, all dependents, DoD Civilians, and DoD Contractors must comply with Korean Electronic Authorization (K-ETA) requirements. Personnel requiring a K-ETA certificate must register and create an account at https://www.k-eta.go.kr/
A Korean address is required in the registration process. Personnel on official travel to Osan Air Base should use this address:
Zip 17759, 55 Sinjang Ro, Pyeongtaek.
All personnel in-bound to the Republic of Korea, including PCS travel, Leave and TDY, flying on Commercial Air or the Patriot Express require a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate dated within 72 hours prior to takeoff from the international departure point. Outbound personnel also require negative COVID-19 test results prior to travel. Effective 15 July 2021 COVID-19 testing will no longer be provided at Seattle Tacoma Airport to personnel traveling on the Patriot Express. Accepted tests vary depending on type of travel and type of flight. The Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test is the only test accepted by the Republic of Korea Government. All Antigen/Antibody Tests are not approved for entry by the ROKG. Only the following PCR tests are approved:
Abbott ID NOW
LAMP test PCR (DNA test)
Nucleic Acid PCR
Real Time PCR (RT-PCR)
Quantitative (real time) PCR
Real time fluorescent PCR
Amplified probe technique PCR
Rapid PCR, Isothermal PCR
NAAT by PCR