Information on Changes to the National Health Insurance System for Foreigners
If any foreigner or overseas Korean has stayed
in the Republic of Korea for more than six months,
he or she will be mandatorily subscribed
to the National Health Insurance from July 16, 2019.
□ Enforcement date: July 16, 2019
□ Main details
○ If you have been residing in Korea for more than six months, you will be
mandatorily subscribed to the National Health Insurance of Korea.
v If holders of Study or Marriage (F-6) Visa, from the very date of entry into
the country (alien registration date)
※Those exempted from the subscription: If an individual can get a medical guarantee
commensurate to the medical care expenses in accordance with Article 41 of the law in
line with foreign laws, insurance, and user contracts
○ You will be enrolled individually according to the residential address in
Korea, and thus the insurance contribution will be imposed individually.
v However, if you wish to pay the insurance contribution in combined
subscription of several people as one household, because your children
younger than 19 years or spouse is residing in the same place as you, the
subscriber, you have to bring documents confirming your family relations,
visit the National Health Insurance Service office, and make a request.
v The insurance contribution is calculated according to income and property.
If the calculated contribution is below the average insurance contribution of all
subscribers in November of the previous year, the average contribution is imposed.
* Monthly contribution in 2019 : KRW 113,050 or more
※ Documents to submit to confirm family relations
- Documents showing family relations or marriage certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the relevant country (or Apostille) including the Korean translation version
❍ The insurance contribution for the following month is to be paid by the 25th of each month.
❍ In case of delaying payment of the insurance contribution, you will incur the
v Limited health insurance benefits when using hospitals or clinics
v Limited residence permit when requesting for a visa extension and all other
kinds of residence permits (Korea Immigration Service of the Korean Ministry
of Justice or any public immigration office of the Republic of Korea)
v If you do not pay even when pressed after a set period, your income,
property, and savings will be seized and collected by force.
❍ Health insurance benefits are the same as those of the citizens of Korea.
v Hospitalization, outpatient medical treatment, care for severe conditions,
health check-up, etc.