Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op.

How South Korean Plastic Surgeons Make Passport Photos Worthless

South Korean plastic surgeons, it appears, are good at their jobs. But they might be too good for some customs officials.

Increasingly, people in neighboring countries like China or Japan visit South Korea to have work done. But when they’re ready to go home, they might face a problem: Their passport pics.

According to Korean sites Onboa and Munhwa (via tipster Sang), some Korean hospitals are now issuing a “plastic surgery certificate” at the request of overseas visitors. Customs officials, of course, are strict about making sure people match the mugs in their passports. These certificates can supposedly help make clearing immigration go smoother so officials don’t have to call hospitals to confirm procedures.

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11 thoughts on “Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op.”

  1. Rombartalini

    I traveled around Europe for a while with a friend who had lost a lot of weight. She had trouble getting through customs everywhere, but when we went to Morocco, it didn’t look like they were going to let her leave. I thought we were going to miss her flight. They had at least 5 people comparing her to her passport photo. The first thing she did when she got back home was get a new passport.

  2. damonlebeouf

    i had to look at the girls hairline to make sure it was the same person. pretty interesting.

  3. MotherMfker

    Wow thats really good plastic surgery looks so natural to. No wonder all thoes youtubers are booking surgeries in South Korea

  4. celebrate-goodthings

    This happened to me when I visited China and I was trying to go back to Korea. My passport photo was super unflattering and I was about 30 lbs heavier when the picture was taken. I had several people stop me and question why I looked different in my passport before I was allowed to go to the gate

  5. JohnnyMnemo

    How long does it take to heal from these kinds of surgeries?

    Do the medical tourists really stay long enough to fully heal before returning? I’d have assumed that a full non-scar healing time takes months, but I guess I don’t really know.

  6. Slick_Deezy

    >The certificates include the patient’s passport number, the length of their stay, the name and location of the hospital as well as the hospital’s official seal to certify the document. Travellers can show the forms to immigration officials on their return trip home.

    How is this not a level on *Papers Please*

  7. BallofEnvy

    They do those jaw surgeries right? So if a lady had a jaw like Superman, about how much would that cost?

    Asking for a friend.

  8. ILLUSIONXMUTA

    When the kids come out, it’s howdy doody time.

  9. sash0ck

    Is the title an advertisement for Korean surgery?

  10. 3pinephrine

    They don’t fingerprint?

  11. gamerdude69

    Not gonna lie, that’s pretty good.

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