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[Founding a Business] Franchise (Franchise Agreement)

The 「Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act」 prescribes special provisions for franchise agreements, such as agreement cancellation procedures, agreement renewal, etc. in addition to the registration of information disclosure statements and the depositing of franchise fees, in order to establish a fair trading order for franchise businesses and to protect the rights and interests of franchisees and prospective franchisees, who can be at a relative disadvantage.

A franchisee and a franchiser that enter into a franchise agreement shall comply with what is prescribed by the laws while pursuing a franchise business. In particular, a franchiser shall not engage in trade practices that are unfair to the franchisee. Disputes (if any) may be resolved by being submitted to the Franchise Business Transaction Dispute Mediation Council.

[Founding a Business] Startup and operation of side dish stores

With the increase of working couples, the elderly population, and single men and women, the number of people who use side dish stores where they can enjoy a variety of side dishes consumed on a daily basis continues to increase, and as a result, there is a growing interest in side dish stores that can be started with limited capital.

Accordingly, these contents provide statutory information on the prior preparation, business facilities, business notification and matters to be observed that are necessary for the startup and operation of a side dish store, with a focus on “on-site sales, manufacturing and processing business,” which is a general form of side dish stores.

[Founding a Business] Online shopping mall founder

Online shopping malls are comprised of individual shopping malls where individual operators carry out the entire operation process and e-market places that take the form of an intermediary business such as Auction and Gmarket, and the legal information provided here applies to founders of individual shopping malls who are responsible for every process, from registration of new business establishment and creation of shopping mall to product delivery, without operating through e-market places run by mail order distributors.

In no case can anyone sell tobacco and medicine via online shopping malls, and alcoholic beverages, health functional foods, medical devices, and hazardous chemicals will be permitted for sale only where a report has been filed in due observance of the prerequisites required for such sales activities.

[International Trade/Immigration] Visa, Passport

The term "visa" means the "entry permit confirmation" of a state which acknowledges that an alien can enter, or the "consul’s entry recommendation act" for an alien's entry permit application.

To depart for a foreign country, a national must have a valid passport and must obtain a visa (if necessary) at the embassy or consulate of the country in which they reside. However, a national departing for 90 countries that have entered into a visa exemption agreement with Korea does not need to obtain a visa if he or she intends to visit one of the relevant countries within a certain period of time acknowledged by the agreement.

An alien who intends to enter the Republic of Korea must have a visa as a basic requirement for an entry permit, in principle. However, aliens in a certain range of countries, such as nationals of a country that has entered into a visa exemption agreement with the Republic of Korea, may enter the Republic of Korea without a visa.

The term "passport" means an identification card with personal information such as the nationality of the holder and is a document issued by the Government of the Republic of Korea to request that the destination country’s authorities provide convenience and appropriate protection of Korean people. They might be classified as ordinary passports, official passports and diplomatic passports, or single passports and multiple passports depending on the number of trips overseas allowed.

[International Trade/Immigration] Export and Import Quarantine

Specific information for Animal quarantine, Marine product quarantine and Plant quarantine.