South Korea to Start Fingerprint Screening at Airports

1 September 2010 (Last Updated September 1st, 2010 18:30)

South Korea will begin fingerprint screening at its airports from 1 September this year to prevent entry of foreign nationals with forged identification. The Justice Ministry has installed fingerprint scanners and face identification machines at 22 airports including Incheon Internatio

South Korea will begin fingerprint screening at its airports from 1 September this year to prevent entry of foreign nationals with forged identification.

The Justice Ministry has installed fingerprint scanners and face identification machines at 22 airports including Incheon International Airport and Gimhae International Airport.

A special squad has also been formed to analyse immigration information and for investigation of foreign criminals, according to The Korea Herald.

The fingerprint screening is part of the first phase of the implementation of the new fingerprint identification, which will be introduced in three stages by 2011.

The ministry will start the fingerprint screening for foreign nationals staying more than 90 days in Korea from June in 2011 and for all foreigners from December the same year.