The requirement is in accordance with a revised immigration law, which passed the National Assembly in April last year.
Starting Friday, the revision makes it mandatory for foreign criminals to have their photos taken and provide their fingerprints upon their arrival if they want to stay in the nation for more than 91 days.
The Justice Ministry will require foreign criminals who have been already staying in South Korea on a long-term basis to register their fingerprints starting January next year.
It predicts that some 200,000 foreign criminals will register their fingerprints from next month to the end of this year.
Long-term Foreign Visitors to be Required to Register Fingerprints
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