S. Korea tightens airport security, will even fingerprint Korean Americans

November 24, 2015
(Yonhap)

The South Korean government is tightening its airport security measures following the Islamic State attacks in Paris. (Yonhap)

By Kim Chul-soo

The South Korean government plans to enhance its airport security measures following the Islamic State attacks in Paris, and now even Korean Americans will be subject to fingerprints upon entering the country.

The government and the ruling Saenuri Party recently announced heightened security measures, which includes requiring the immigration security to check personal information before boarding passes can be issued. What’s more notable is that overseas Koreans, including U.S. citizens, are now required to give fingerprints for a long-term visit (90 days or more) – something that was not required before the change.

The government also expanded its counterterrorism budget, which also includes spending $85 million on armed high-speed boats for Seoul’s navy in case of biochemical attacks.

2 Comments

  1. huh?

    November 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    uhhh… I’ve been fingerprinted before when going through Korean Immi and I’m Korean-American. This is nothing new…

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