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South Korea

Travel Advisory July 24, 2023

South korea - level 1: exercise normal precautions.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise normal precautions in South Korea.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on travel to South Korea.

If you decide to travel to South Korea:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.   
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook  and  Twitter .   
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for South Korea.   
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest  Travel Health Information  related to your travel.   
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .    

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No – From April 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024, the Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) is not required for US citizens traveling for short-term business or tourism purposes.

Embassies and Consulates

U.s. embassy seoul.

188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03141, Korea Telephone: +(82) (2) 397-4114 (from within Korea, dial 02-397-4114)  DSN:721-4114 Fax: +(82) (2) 397-4101 Email:  [email protected]

U.S. Consulate in Busan

Lotte Gold Rose Building #612, Jungang-daero 993, Jin-gu Busan 47209, Korea Telephone: (+82) 51-863-0731 Email:  [email protected]

The Embassy and Consulate are closed on weekends and on  American and Korean holidays .  Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +82 (2) 397-4114.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

  • You must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Korea. From April 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024, the  Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)  is not required for US citizens for stays of 90 days or less that are for tourism or business purposes.
  • Visa required for all other purposes, including employment, teaching English, and for stays longer than 90 days.

Exceeding your authorized stay or not possessing a valid visa may result in detention and fines.

  • In the event of an overstay, apply for a visa extension from the  Korea Immigration Service (KIS)  before attempting to leave the country. Also consult with KIS regarding changes in visa category.

Military Personnel/DOD and their families on orders:

  • Consult  DOD Foreign Clearance Guide , and follow all instructions.
  • Enter Korea with DOD identification and travel orders.
  • Do not transit other countries such as China without a passport and appropriate visas.
  • Family Members/Dependents of Military Personnel/DOD on orders must present upon arrival passports valid for at least six months .

U.S. Government Executive Branch personnel on official business and DOD personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy  (Including family members/dependents):

  • Employes assigned to Mission Korea should enter Korea with a diplomatic or official passport and a diplomatic or official Korean visa obtained through their sponsoring agency.  Check with your sponsoring agency about other requirements. 
  • TDY visitors traveling to Korea for up to 90 days on diplomatic or official passports do  not  require Korean visas and do  not  require a K-ETA. TDY visitors must obtain country clearance using  Department of State's eCC system  or  DOD APACS system .

HIV/AIDS Restriction:  The Department of State is unaware of any such entry restrictions for visitors or foreign residents in Korea.

  • Visit the  Embassy of Korea  website for current visa information. Please read our  Customs Information page .

COVID-19 Requirements :

  • There are no COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens.
  • Travelers are encouraged to register their travel and health information through the Quarantine COVID19 Defence (Q-Code) system BEFORE traveling to Korea in order to streamline the airport arrival process.
  • Travel regulations and restrictions are subject to change, sometimes with little notice. You should review the information available on your nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate’s webpage before traveling.

Safety and Security

Public Demonstrations:  Demonstrations and rallies are common in South Korea, particularly near the U.S. Embassy, Seoul City Hall, and areas surrounding military installations. You should avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or rallies. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.

North Korea (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK):  An armistice agreement, monitored by the United Nations, has maintained general peace on the Korean peninsula since 1953. Tensions occasionally flare up because of provocative acts by North Korea, including ballistic missile and nuclear tests and limited armed incursions into ROK-held territory. Some provocations have escalated into geographically limited skirmishes. South Korea routinely conducts military training exercises and civil defense drills. North Korea often issues strongly-worded and threatening messages, frequently in connection with these exercises. Please see our  Fact Sheet on North Korea .

Weather-related Events:  Heavy rains and flooding may occur during the June - August monsoon season or the May - November typhoon season. See general information about natural disaster preparedness at the U.S.  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  website.

Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ):  To receive security messages by email and make it easier to locate you in an emergency, register in STEP. 

If the Embassy becomes aware of any specific and credible threat to the safety and security of U.S. citizens, we will inform you through our website, social media, and email.

Crime:  For most visitors, South Korea remains a very safe country. Common crimes occur more frequently in major metropolitan areas, tourist sites, and crowded markets.

  • Take routine safety precautions.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Report any concerns to local police.

Violent crime is not common; however, remain vigilant:

  • Exercise caution in crowded entertainment, nightlife, and shopping districts.
  • If traveling at night, consider traveling in groups.
  • Use legitimate taxis or public transportation only.

Victims of Crime:  Call 112 for emergency assistance or to report a crime to local authorities. Call 02-397-4114 to contact the U.S. Embassy. We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care;
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to police;
  • Contact relatives or friends on your behalf;
  • Explain Korean judicial procedures in general terms;
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution;
  • Help you find accommodations and flight arrangements to the United States;
  • Replace a lost or stolen passport.

Sexual Assault:   The Embassy regularly receives reports of sexual assault from U.S. citizens. Most cases involved young women assaulted by acquaintances they met on social media, dating, or messaging apps. Alcohol is often involved, and Korea’s low overall crime can create a false sense of security.  Specialized hospital units and police are available in South Korea to assist victims, however services in English and responsiveness to the crime are not always consistent. In general, sex crimes are not punished as harshly in South Korea as in the United States and the road to prosecution is a challenging one for victims.

Domestic Violence:  Victim’s assistance resources or battered women’s shelters exist in Seoul and other urban areas but may be limited in rural areas. Most are government administered and require a police referral. Call 112 for emergency assistance or 1366 to reach Korea’s 24-hour domestic violence hotline. Victims may also contact the Embassy, tel. (+82) 2-397-4114.

Lost or Stolen Passports:  If your passport is stolen, file a report at the nearest police station.

Don't buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if widely available.  It is against South Korean law to purchase these goods and against U.S. law to bring them into the United States. The  Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Division in the U.S. Department of Justice  has more information.

Avoid fraud and scams:  See  Department of State  and  FBI  websites for more information.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  While in Korea, you are subject to local laws. If you violate Korean laws, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Be aware that:

  • Immigration violations can lead to arrest, fines, and deportation.
  • There is little tolerance for illegal drugs.
  • If you mail illegal drugs to/ from Korea, you will be prosecuted.
  • Commercial disputes may lead to criminal charges being filed under local laws.

Be aware that some crimes are prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask officials to notify the Embassy. See our  webpage  for further information.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Dual Nationality and Military Conscription:  Dual national males (including U.S. service members) may be subject to compulsory military service. If you have family ties to South Korea, consult the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate or the  Korean Military Manpower Administration  regarding potential citizenship obligations  before entering South Korea .

Passport Seizures and Exit Bans:  If you are involved in a criminal investigation or commercial dispute, authorities may seize your passport and/or block your departure. While we may reissue a passport, we cannot lift an exit ban.

Exit Permits:  Exit permits are not generally required. However, if a parent requests a travel restriction on his/her child, Korean authorities may prevent that child from departing even when traveling with the other parent. As of June 1, 2020, foreigners who are long-term residents of the ROK are required to obtain a re-entry permit four business days prior to departure from Korea. The permits are available online through an e-application at the  www.hikorea.go.kr  website.

International Child Abduction:  See our website for information related to the  prevention of international child abduction . 

Working in South Korea:  If working, including teaching or modeling, you must enter with the appropriate work visa. It is not possible to change your visa status without leaving the country. If you begin work without the appropriate visa, you may be arrested, fined, and/or deported. If you are working without a valid work permit and get into a contractual dispute with your employer, you have little legal recourse.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

ROK National Security Law:  Authorities may detain, arrest, and imprison persons believed to have committed acts intended to endanger the “security of the state,” including statements deemed to praise the political system and/or officials of the DPRK. 

Customs Regulations: There is strict enforcement of regulations on importing and exporting items such as firearms, narcotics and prescription drugs, non-prescription health supplements, radio equipment, and gold. Importation of materials deemed to be obscene, subversive, or harmful to the public peace is also restricted.

  • Amphetamines are illegal in Korea. Do not bring amphetamines or other prescription narcotics into the country without obtaining advance permission in writing from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. See the  U.S. Embassy Seoul, Health Information page .
  • Traveling with Pets: See  Korea’s Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency  website.

See the  Korean Customs Regulations website for complete information.

LGBTI Travelers:  Consensual same-sex sexual activity is not criminalized. Korea is a conservative country in regards to LGBTI issues. However, there are an increasing number of LGBTI-oriented clubs, festivals and NGOs advocating for LGBTI issues. The ROK National Human Rights Commission Act prohibits discrimination against individuals because of their sexual orientation, but there are no laws specifying punishment for persons found to have discriminated on this basis. Same-sex marriages are not recognized. Korean citizens can legally change their gender identity.

See   our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of the  Department of State's Human Rights report  for further details.

Mobility Issues:  Korean law mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings. Cross walks typically have audio and visual signals. Older buildings and streets are generally less accessible than modern ones. Metro cars and buses in Seoul offer priority seating for the disabled and most metro stations have elevators. Metro platforms include Korean Braille information. Contact individual bus companies and subway associations for specific information. Foreign residents are eligible for disability assistance from local ward offices; assistance varies by ward.

Quality of Care : Western-style medical facilities are available in most large cities. However, not all doctors and staff, are proficient in English. A  list of hospitals  and medical specialists who speak English is available on our website. For emergency ambulance service dial 119. Ambulance services are widely available. For information on medical evacuation from South Korea, please see the State Department’s brochure on  Air Ambulance/MedEvac/Medical Escort Providers . 

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas. Verify your health insurance coverage before traveling overseas. See our webpage for information on  insurance providers for overseas coverage . In most cases, health care providers will require payment in advance of treatment or will not release a patient until hospital bills are paid. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to include coverage for medical evacuation.

Medication:  Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Most prescription medications, except psychotropic types, can be obtained at Korean pharmacies (brand names often differ). Local pharmacies will require a prescription from a Korean doctor.

Update  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

For further health information go to:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Travelers should contact Korean local health providers to determine the location of testing facilities within Korea. A non-comprehensive list of some COVID-19 testing facilities can be found on the  Embassy website .

COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is   available for U.S. citizen residents in Korea.
  • Review the Korean government’s  Vaccination Guide for Foreign Nationals in Korea  and  COVID-19 Booster Shot Guideline for Foreign Nationals  on COVID-19 vaccinations in Korea.
  • Visit the FDA's website to  learn more about FDA-approved vaccines  in the United States. 

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  Roads are well-paved, traffic signals functional, and most drivers comply with basic traffic laws. South Korea has a significantly higher traffic fatality rate than the United States. Causes of accidents include excessive speed, frequent lane changes without signaling, running red lights, aggressive bus drivers, and weaving motorcyclists. It is recommended that you photo document any traffic accidents.

Be aware that motorcyclists may drive on sidewalks, and drivers do not always yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks.

Traffic Laws include:

  • International driving permit (or ROK license) is required for all drivers.
  • Left-hand turns prohibited except with green arrow.
  • Seat belts and car seats are mandatory.
  • Motorcycle passengers must wear helmets.
  • Automobile drivers are presumed to have some fault in accidents involving pedestrians.
  • Expect long waits at police stations while police investigate any incidents.
  • Police may take your passport or detain you during an investigation.
  • Even if negligence is not proven, criminal charges may be filed.
  • Blood-alcohol content of 0.03% or higher is considered legally intoxicated.
  • Police regularly set up DUI checkpoints. Drivers are required to submit to breathalyzer tests; refusal can result in cancellation of your license.

For information about driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, refer to our  Road Safety page . You may also visit the  Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) website.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of the Republic of Korea's Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of the ROK's air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA's Safety Assessment Page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to South Korea should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s  Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website  and as a broadcast warning on the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website .

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

South Korea was cited in the State Department’s 2022 Annual Report to Congress on International Child Abduction for demonstrating a pattern of non-compliance with respect to international parental child abduction. Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in  South Korea.  For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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Visas for South Korea: here’s what you need to know

Charles Usher

Jul 30, 2022 • 4 min read

A young woman traveling in South Korea pauses to enjoy the view while hiking down from the summit of Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea located on Jeju Island.

Visiting South Korea lets you take in the country’s cutting-edge cities and beautiful natural attractions © Joel Carillet / Getty Images

Not many countries have the sights-to-size ratio of South Korea . You can get from one corner of the country to the other in just two and a half hours, and in between you’ll find mountain trails leading to Buddhist hermitages, super-spectacle K-Pop concerts, back-alley pubs serving craft rice wines, enchanting bamboo forests and much more.

Getting the most out of a visit here starts with getting your entry requirements in order, a simple enough process for most travelers. Here are the basics on who needs a visa to South Korea and how to apply.

Who can travel to South Korea visa free?

Many travelers – including those from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries – can visit Korea for up to 90 days with no visa required. Canadians can do so for up to six months, while South Africans get 30 days. To check the most up-to-date requirements for your country, visit the Korean government’s Visa Portal and enter your information in its  Visa Navigator .

Although you might not need a visa, you will need to apply for a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (₩10,000) on the  K-ETA website or K-ETA app (for  iOS  and  Android ) at least 72 hours before your departure. Once you’ve applied, you should receive your results via email within 24 hours. Your K-ETA will remain valid for two years from the date your application is approved, meaning you don’t have to reapply if you visit multiple times within that window.

Rear view of a woman using chopsticks to eat a spread of Korean food

Who needs a tourist visa for South Korea?

Citizens of countries that don’t have a visa-waiver agreement with South Korea or that Korea doesn’t grant visa-free entry will need a visa, which is typically for a single entry and permits stays of 90 days.

If you do need a visa, after entering your information in the Visa Navigator , select the visa you’re applying for (most likely Ordinary Tourist, or C-3-9) and then find the eligibility criteria that applies to you (most likely “travel for holidays or leisure”). Complete your application online ( e-Form ) or by hand ( downloadable PDF ) and then visit a Korean embassy or consulate with your application or a printout of your completed e-Form, your passport, a 3.5cm x 4.5cm (1.4in x 1.7in) passport photo and any additional required documents. The application fee for a basic tourist visa is $40, though it can vary by country.

Horseback riding near the Udo Lighthouse, Jeju-do, South Korea

The Jeju-do visa exception

Jeju-do Island is a designated Special Tourist Zone, which means many (though not all) citizens from countries that require visas for South Korea do not need them to visit Jeju-do for up to 30 days. Note that you must arrive in Jeju-do via ship or direct flight from abroad; you may not connect through another South Korean airport.

Extending your stay in South Korea

In almost all cases, if you’re visiting South Korea as a tourist, you are not allowed to extend your stay. If you need to stay longer because of an emergency, however, contact the Korea Immigration Service. The Hi Korea website provides immigration info for international visitors and residents.

Visas for working and studying in South Korea

Thanks to its all-conquering pop culture and dynamic economy, South Korea is an attractive destination for international students and professionals, and a wide range of visas is available for those wishing to study or work in the country. The first step is determining which visa you need, whether you’re seeking to enroll in a Korean university, teach English or do something else. You can sort through the options and get details on eligibility and requirements at the Visa Navigator  site. Work and study visas generally permit stays of up to two years, with one year being the most common length.

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Working holidays in South Korea

South Korea offers one-year working holiday visas to citizens of 25 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many European nations. Travelers with a working-holiday visa are permitted to work up to 25 hours per week and can also study the Korean language at private academies and university programs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Working Holiday Info Center and Working Holiday Guide provide extensive information on who can apply, what the restrictions are, and work, study and housing resources.

Visas for people of Korean descent

If you’re of South Korean descent, you’ll likely have the option of applying for an overseas Korean visa, colloquially referred to as a gyopo visa. These are available to individuals who were born in Korea but have acquired another country’s citizenship or whose parent or grandparent was a Korean citizen. These visas allow initial stays of up to two years and provide a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can do for work or study.

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If you want to travel to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) for a short visit as a tourist, you typically don't need a visa. However, if your trip is going to take more than 90 days (30 days for nationals of some countries), you'll need a tourist visa. You can apply for a tourist visa either online or at the Korean embassy or consulate closest to you. Immigration officers will give you your visa when you go through customs at the port of entry. [1] X Research source

Completing a Visa Application

Step 1 Determine if you need a tourist visa.

  • If you plan to stay in Korea for longer, you still need a visa, even if you are going to Korea to participate in tourist activities.
  • For a list of countries that have been granted visa-free travel to Korea, visit https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TRV/TV_ENG_2_1.jsp .

Step 2 Choose the visa category that best suits your reason for travel.

  • For example, if you are a Chinese national and are traveling to Korea with a tour group, you would need a C-3-2 group tourist visa.
  • Use Korea's Visa Navigator, available online at https://www.visa.go.kr/openPage.do?MENU_ID=10101 , to determine which visa category is right for you.

Step 3 Have a passport photo taken.

  • If you're planning to submit your application online, make sure you have a digital copy of your passport photo that you can upload.

Step 4 Complete your visa application form.

  • The application requires you to provide information about yourself, your citizenship, and your reasons for wanting to visit Korea. Answer every question completely and honestly.
  • You can also fill out a paper application at the Korean embassy or consulate nearest you. To find contact information, go to http://www.mofa.go.kr/eng/index.do and select the name of your country from the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Tip: A past criminal conviction or other negative information won't necessarily cause Korean immigration officials to deny your tourist application. However, your application will be denied if they discover that you lied on your application or left out any relevant information.

Step 5 Gather documents required for your visa type.

  • For example, if you are a Chinese national traveling with a tour group on a group tourist visa, you'll need a confirmation page showing that you're booked for the tour, along with information about the tour company and where you'll be staying while you're in Korea.
  • You'll likely need to show that you have a return flight out of the country before your visa expires along with information about your accommodations in Korea. If you're staying with friends or family while in Korea, you'll likely need a letter from them.

Submitting Your Application

Step 1 Use the visa portal to submit your application electronically.

  • If you submit your application electronically, you must also pay your application fee electronically. The amount of your application fee varies depending on your country of origin. The visa portal accepts major credit and debit cards for payment.

Warning: You don't necessarily have to pay your application fee at the same time that you submit your completed application. However, your application won't be processed until after the fee is paid.

Step 2 Locate the nearest Korean embassy or consulate to submit your application in person.

  • Go to http://www.mofa.go.kr/eng/index.do and select the name of the country where you live from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. You'll see contact information for all of the Korean embassies and consulates in your country. Simply pick the one that's closest to you.
  • If you're submitting your application in person, you can still fill out the application online if you want. Print the completed application and take it with you to the Korean embassy or consulate.

Warning: If you submit your application in person, you must pay your application fee immediately. Call ahead to find out what methods of payment are accepted. Many Korean embassies and consulates don't take credit or debit cards.

Step 3 Wait for confirmation from your sponsor if you have one.

  • For example, if you are visiting Korea as a medical tourist to have a medical procedure done as well as engage in tourist activities, you typically need confirmation from the doctor or from the hospital where the procedure will take place.
  • Most tourist visas don't require a sponsor. However, if you're concerned that your application might be denied, a sponsor might help improve your chances.

Step 4 Find out if your visa has been issued.

  • Electronic visas will be programmed into your passport. You'll get the print visa when you go through customs at the port of entry.
  • If you need a paper visa in your passport before you depart for Korea, you'll have to turn over your passport to the nearest embassy or consulate. When your visa is ready, they'll mail your passport back to you with the visa inside.
  • If your application is denied, you typically won't be told why. However, you're welcome to reapply immediately. No part of your application fee will be refunded if your application is denied and you'll have to pay the fee in full again if you decide to apply again.

Traveling to Korea

Step 1 Print your confirmation that your visa has been issued.

  • If you applied for your visa in person at a Korean embassy or consulate, you'll get a confirmation letter in the mail. Take that confirmation letter with you when you travel to Korea.

Step 2 Complete a declaration form for your belongings.

  • If you bring something with you that is not allowed in Korea, it will be confiscated and you may not get it back. To avoid this, check the list of items that aren't allowed before you start packing for your trip.

Step 3 Fill out your arrival card on the plane.

  • Read the instructions carefully and make sure you enter your information neatly and legibly.

Step 4 Present your passport and paperwork to the immigration officer.

  • The customs officer will look over your paperwork and confirm your identity. They may also ask you questions about your trip or your plans in Korea.
  • If the customs officer approves you to enter the country, they will place your visa in your passport. Pay close attention to the date your visa expires and make sure you've left the country before that date. While you can try to extend an expired tourist visa, it is a difficult process with no guarantees.

Warning: Having a visa does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Korea. Korean immigration officers have broad authority to determine who will be allowed into the country.

Step 5 Visit a Tourist Information Center (TIC) if you have any questions.

  • There are also two Medical TICs at the Busan and Incheon International Airports. At these TICs, you can learn about medical tourism and get a free customized consultation if you think medical tourism might benefit you.

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  • ↑ https://www.visa.go.kr/openPage.do?MENU_ID=10102
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  • ↑ https://www.airport.kr/ap_cnt/en/arr/process/immpro.do
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  • ↑ https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TRV/TV_ENG_3_2_1.jsp
  • ↑ https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/north-korea-democratic-peoples-republic-korea

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South Korea Visa Requirements and Application Process

Last Updated : Oct 2, 2023

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In this post, I'll guide you through everything you need to know about the Korea Visa and any questions you might have swirling in your mind, from the requirements, application process, and South Korea visa fees.

Who needs a visa for Korea? Anyone who isn't part of the visa-free countries. Type of visa required : Tourist Visa. Tourist visa cost : USD 40 Minimum bank balance required: USD 1000-USD 2000 Tourist visa processing time : 7-10 business days.

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Do I Need A Visa To Go To South Korea?

Before we move on to the brief overview of the visitor visa, we must first investigate who is eligible to get a visa to South Korea.

The South Korea Visa is also referred to as a visitor visa.

Do US Citizens Need A Visa For South Korea?

No , you don't. US citizens traveling to Korea don't need a visa to enter the country for visits up to 90 days for tourism or business under the Visa Waiver Program.

Do US Green Card Holders Need A Visa For South Korea?

This depends on your passport. If you're a nationality of a visa-exempt country, you don't need to apply for a visa. However, if your country of nationality isn't, you must apply for a South Korean visa.

What Are The South Korea Visa Requirements For US Citizens?

Before applying for your Tourist visa to South Korea, I recommend gathering all the required documents. Your visa may be rejected if these documents aren't in order.

The following documents are needed for your application:

Valid passport with at least 6 months validity.

Minimum of 3 blank pages in your passport.

2 passport-sized photographs.

Personal Covering letter.

Original bank statements of the last 6 months to prove that you have the financial means to cover the costs of your trip.

Confirmed return flight tickets.

Proof that you have hotel reservations.

Payslip to show that you paid the visa fee.

Vaccination certificate for yellow fever if you travel through or come from a yellow fever area.

If you are employed, you need to show proof of leave.

If you are retired, you must provide your pension book or statements.

If you are visiting a friend or a relative, you need to provide an invitation letter, the inviter's ID proof like a passport, and proof of address.

Passport Photo Requirements For A Korean Visa

The passport photo requirements for a Korean visa are as follows:

The photo must be 3.5cm x 4.5cm in size.

The photo must be a color passport-style photo taken within the last 6 months.

The photo's background must be plain white or light-colored .

Your face must be centered in the photo.

Your expression must be neutral , with your mouth closed, eyes open, and visible.

You should not wear glasses or headwear obscuring your face except for religious purposes.

The photo should be high-quality and clear , without blurring, shadows, or red-eye.

It is important to carefully follow these requirements to ensure your visa application is not delayed or rejected. In addition, it is recommended to have your photo taken by a professional photographer familiar with the requirements for Korean visas.

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How Do I Apply For A Tourist Visa?

You must apply for a South Korea Tourist Visa from one of the Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Korea abroad, like an embassy or a consulate.

If you have a sponsor or host in South Korea, they can request a visa on your behalf through the Visa Portal of the Korea Immigration Office.

How Do I Apply For My Visa At A Korean Embassy?

Suppose you don't have a sponsor in South Korea that can request a visa on your behalf. In that case, you will have to find the South Korean Embassy or Consulate responsible for your area and apply there. The Korean Embassy will also give you all the travel information you need.

The application process is as follows:

Book Your Appointment: First, check if you need to schedule a consular appointment beforehand. Then, you can book an appointment online on the Korean Embassy website.

Complete The Application Form: Then, once you schedule your appointment, you must complete the application form. You can get the form at the Embassy or online . Make sure you complete the form truthfully. If you provide false or incorrect information, your visa will be rejected.

Gather The Documents And Submit Your Application: Next, you need to gather all the required documents listed above. Then, attend your visa appointment. Finally, you might need to answer a few questions about your travels. Once that's done, you can submit your application (documents and application form) and pay the visa fee.

Wait For Your Visa: All you have to do then is wait for them to process your visa. After your application is processed, you must return to the Diplomatic Representation office. If the visa is approved, it will be affixed to your passport, and you can then use it to enter South Korea.

They will notify you via email or any other contact number you provide when your visa is processed.

How Can My Sponsor Submit My South Korea Visa Application?

Suppose you have a sponsor in South Korea, and you fall under any of the categories mentioned below. In that case, your sponsor can apply for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance on your behalf.

The categories that make you eligible for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance are:

If you are traveling for business, you are invited by a South Korean company.

If you travel for medical reasons.

If you travel for academic purposes.

If you are an investor and have been invited by a promotion agency of the Immigrant Investor Scheme for Public Business of South Korea.

If you travel with a tourist group, Chinese citizens only.

If your sponsor wants to apply for a Confirmation of Visa Issuance, they have to:

Complete the online Visa application form.

Pay the fee.

Attach the required documents for the visa.

Wait for the Confirmation of visa Issuance.

Print out the confirmation (if your application is confirmed) and send it to you.

What Should I Do After My South Korea Visa Issuance Is Confirmed?

After the Korean Immigration Office confirms your visa, you have to send the letter of Confirmation of Visa Issuance to the nearest South Korean Consulate or Embassy and receive a Visa on your passport.

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Which Countries Can Travel To South Korea Without A Visa?

Citizens from several countries can visit South Korea without a visa for short-term visits. However, foreigners entering the visa-waiver program are not allowed to work or engage in remunerated activities.

If you are from one of the countries exempted from a visa but want to stay longer than the visa exemption allows, you must apply for the corresponding visa before you travel.

South Korea Visa Exemption For Up To 180 Days: Citizens of Canada can enter South Korea without a visa for a stay of up to 180 days.

South Korea Visa Exemption For Up To 90 Days: Citizens of the following countries can enter South Korea without a visa for up to 90 days:

European Union Countries, A ntigua and Barbuda, Australia, B ahamas, Barbados, Brazil, C hile Colombia, Costa Rica, D ominica, Dominican Republic, E cuador, El Salvador, G renada, Guatemala, H aiti, Hong Kong, I celand, Israel, J amaica, Japan, K uwait, L iechtenstein, M acau, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, N ew Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, P anama, Peru, S aint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Singapore, Suriname, Switzerland, T aiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, U nited Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, and V enezuela.

South Korea Visa Exemption For Up To 60 Days: Citizens of Lesotho and Russia can enter South Korea without a visa for up to 60 days.

South Korea Visa Exemption For Up To 30 Days: Citizens of the following countries can visit South Korea without a visa for up to 30 days:

A lbania, Andorra, Argentina, B ahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, C yprus, E swatini, F iji, G uam, Guyana, H onduras, K azakhstan, Kiribati, M arshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, N auru, New Caledonia, O man, P alau, Paraguay, Q atar, S amoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, T onga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, and V atican City.

Other Exemptions From South Korea Visas: You're also exempt from a visa if you have a visa for the US, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand and you're traveling directly from one of those countries or intend to travel there afterward.

You also don't need a visa for South Korea if you're part of a Chinese group tourist and have a group tourist visa to Japan.

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A Quick Overview Of The South Korea Visa

This section briefly discusses everything you need to know about South Korea visas.

What Is A South Korea Tourist Visa?

A South Korea Tourist Visa is a visa that is issued to passport holders who want to enter South Korea for tourism or recreational purposes. You can receive a tourist visa if you're traveling for one of the following reasons:

To receive medical treatment in a hospital in South Korea.

To visit a family member or a friend.

To attend a religious, cultural, music, or sporting event.

Another short-term reason.

A South Korea Tourist Visa allows you to stay in South Korea for 90 days .

When you are in South Korea on a tourist visa, you are not allowed to work or engage in any other remunerated activities.

What Are The Costs for A South Korea Tourist Visa?

The single entry visa that allows you to stay in South Korea for up to 90 days is USD 40 .

What Is The Minimum Bank Balance For South Korea Visa?

The exact amount can vary, but it is typically recommended to have at least USD 1000-USD 2000 in your bank account, depending on the length of your stay. Generally, you must provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses and support yourself while in Korea.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Korean Visa?

7-10 business days. However, it can take up to 2 weeks . The South Korea visa processing time changes depending on which Consulate or Embassy you apply at.

The processing time does not include weekends or public holidays. So, make sure you submit your application at least 15 days before you plan to travel, but no earlier than 3 months.

How Can I Extend My Visa?

If you want to extend your South Korea Visa, you can apply for a visa extension at the Immigration Office in South Korea. However, you must apply for the visa extension with your travel document 4 months before your visa expires. In addition, you will have to meet all the visa requirements.

That's it!

There you go! Everything you need to know about applying for your very own South Korea Tourist Visa. Travel your heart out, and then eat it with some Korean barbecue. Seriously it's excellent! For further information, you can check out the FAQ section.

The detailed information in the post is from reliable sources:

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA .

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa applicants can apply for one of the following visa types:

Visit Visa (B-2) : This visa allows individuals to visit the United States for tourism, vacation, or to visit family or friends. The stay is typically limited to six months but can be extended under certain circumstances.

Business Visa (B-1) : This visa is intended for individuals traveling to the United States for business purposes, such as attending conferences, negotiating contracts, or conducting other business-related activities. It does not allow for any employment in the United States.

Student Visa (F-1) : This visa is for individuals who wish to pursue a full-time academic program in the United States. It is also available to those participating in language training programs or vocational studies.

Work Visa (H-1B) : This visa is for individuals who have been offered a job in a specialty occupation in the United States. It is typically granted to individuals with at least a bachelor's degree in their specialty.

Transit/Ship Crew Visa (C-1/D) : This visa is for individuals traveling through the United States on their way to another country or for those who work on a ship or aircraft and need to enter the United States as part of their duties.

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Persons entering the Republic of Korea must have a visa according to their purpose of visit, such as for work, travel or study, and must be attached to their individual passports. Note that entry may be denied despite visa status.

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  • Application and Place of issue: Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Korea For certain cases, the local immigration office (i.e. Jongno, Ulsan, Donghae, Sokcho) issues visa issuance certificate (or visa issuance number).
  • Required documents: Passport and visa issuance application form (for details, visit www.visa.go.kr )
  • Visa issuance fee: About $40 to $90 (may differ according to the duration of stay)
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South Korea Visa for Tourists in 2024: A Comprehensive Guide

Published: January 5, 2024

South Korea Visa

South Korea’s visa policy is generally simple but has a couple of exceptions and specific rules that allow visa-free access where otherwise a visa would be necessary.

The Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) was introduced in September 2021 and is now mandatory for all travelers without visas 18 or older and 65 or younger. This means there is no true visa exemption anymore. However, some nationalities are exempt from the K-ETA until 31 December 2024.

In this article, I will guide you through South Korea visa requirements, K-ETA, tourist visas and exceptions.

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Visa policy and visa types.

Passport holders from 85 countries do not need a visa to travel to South Korea. Unless temporarily exempt, everybody between 18 and 64 (inclusive) needs a pre-approved K-ETA.

There are various provisions for short-term visa exemptions:

  • 30-day visa exemption for holders of visas or residence permits from select countries and in transit to a third country
  • 30-day visa waiver for Jeju Island if arriving by direct flight
  • 15-day visa exemption for tour groups visiting various regions in Korea
  • Tours around Seoul if in transit

In all other circumstances, a tourist visa is required to enter Korea. You can easily check what visas you are eligible for on the Korea Visa Portal .

South Korea doesn’t issue visas on arrival. There are also no e-visas for tourists.

Visa Requirements 

South Korea Visa Requirements by Nationality

  • Passport’s expiry date must be after the intended departure date (no extended validity required)
  • Return or onward ticket
  • K-ETA if visa-exempt (unless temporarily waived)

Visa Exemption (K-ETA Required)

South Korea introduced its form of Electronic Travel Authorization called K-ETA in September 2021. K-ETA is now MANDATORY for all visitors who are exempt from visas. Some nationalities are temporarily exempt until 31 December 2024.

K-ETA eligibility

85 nationalities are visa-exempt. The duration of stay varies from 30 days to 6 months. You must obtain K-ETA before traveling (unless your nationality is exempt until 31 December 2024 ).

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Liechtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kazakhstan #
  • Marshall Islands
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Vatican City

* Total stay must not exceed 90 days within any 180 days # Total stay must not exceed 60 days within any 180 days

K-ETA validity 

The K-ETA is valid for 3 years from the date of approval but cannot be longer than the validity of the applicant’s passport.

Applications submitted before 3 July 2023 only received 2-year validity.

The K-ETA costs 10.000 KRW (~8$), payable by card during the online application. A 3% card processing fee is levied, bringing the total to 10.300 KRW.

K-ETA application

You can apply for the K-ETA online on the only official website – the K-ETA Application Portal . Beware of agents and intermediaries posing for official sources.

All you need is your passport, a valid email address, and a debit or credit card.

K-ETA processing time

The processing time of the K-ETA is usually at most 72 hours but can be longer in rare instances.

K-ETA exemption based on age

Everybody younger than 18 years is exempt from the K-ETA. Everybody 65 or older is exempt too.

K-ETA exemption based on nationality

The following nationalities are exempt from K-ETA until 31 December 2024. You can still apply and get one. If you do, you won’t need to fill out an arrival card.

Visa Exemption (Jeju Island Visa Waiver)

Jeju Island has its own visa waiver provisions to boost tourism to South Korea’s most popular holiday destination.

Below are the key requirements for Jeju Island visa waiver provision:

  • All nationalities except the below 23 are eligible for Jeju Island visa exemption
  • Jeju Island visa exemption is valid for 30 days only for the province
  • Visitors must enter and depart Jeju via direct flight (i.e. without stopping in any other part of South Korea).
  • Visa-exempt but K-ETA-required nationalities must still obtain K-ETA unless temporarily exempt

Ineligible countries

Jeju Island visa exemption is not available for these 23 countries:

  • Afghanistan

The above 23 countries also become eligible if they:

  • Have a Certificate of Invitation issued by the Jeju Government or Jeju Island Immigration Office (OR)
  • Hold a permanent residence permit from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, or USA AND have previously visited South Korea 3 times since 1996 or once since 2006

Visa Exemption (Visa Holders of Third Countries)

South Korea Visa Exemption in Transit for holders of visas from third countries

You’re eligible for a 30-day visa exemption if you have a visa or a residence permit from one of the following countries :

You MUST also meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • You arrive in South Korea from one of these countries and depart for a third country
  • You arrive in South Korea from a third country and depart to one of these countries
  • You arrive in South Korea from one of these countries and have transited in a fourth country for less than 72 hours before entering South Korea. You then depart for a third country.
  • You arrive in South Korea from a third country, then depart for one of these countries, and will transit to a fourth country for less than 72 hours.

Visa Exemption (Transit Tours at Seoul’s Incheon Airport)

If you’re in transit at Seoul’s Incheon International for less than 24 hours (which is the limit anyway), you’re eligible for any of the free tours around Seoul.

The tours range in price from free to $150 golf courses although most are cheaper than $5. They range from 1 hour to 5 hours in duration.

You can check out the tours and book online via the Incheon Airport website .

Upon arrival, go to the Information desks at either terminal to get routed to your tour.

If you’re from a visa-exempt country but require K-ETA, you must still obtain K-ETA (unless temporarily exempt) for transit tours at Incheon Airport. 

The following 23 countries are not eligible for transit tours:

Visa Exemption (Tour Groups)

Various visa exemptions exist for organized tour groups.

Gangwon-do Region

A 15-day visa exemption for Gangwon-do and Seoul Metropolitan Area is available to tour groups from:

  • Philippines

This is only if flying in and out of Yangyang International Airport until May 30, 2024.

Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do, Jeju-do Regions

A 15-day visa exemption for these regions is available to tour groups from:

This is only if flying in and out of Muan International Airport until March 31, 2024.

Traveling to Jeju via Seoul, Busan, Cheongju, Muan, or Yangyang

This exemption is only available to Chinese tour groups.

It allows stays on the mainland of South Korea for up to 5 days followed by up to 15 days on Jeju Island.

Tourist Visa from the Embassy

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Visitors seeking a tourist visa must obtain it from a South Korean embassy. None of the available e-visas are for short-term tourism visits.

The standard visa for tourism is C-3-9 (Ordinary Tourist).

Requirements

  • Visa Application Form #17 (fill it out online)
  • Passport valid for the duration of stay
  • A standard-size color photo
  • Proof of enough funds for the duration of stay in Korea
  • Complete Visa Application Form online
  • Submit and pay
  • Receive an invitation for the interview
  • Visit the chosen embassy and conduct the interview
  • Check results online
  • Download and print visa.

Transit Visa

If you’re not leaving the airport’s transit zone (i.e. not clearing immigration) you do not need a visa or a K-ETA under the condition that:

  • Incheon Airport (Seoul): You depart within 24 hours;
  • All other airports: You depart on the same calendar day.

If you will be passing through immigration, you must obtain a transit visa, K-ETA or utilize visa exemption as part of one of the transit tours. 

South Korea Arrival Card

Tourists arriving in South Korea have to fill out and submit an arrival card. This is a standard procedure in many countries and chances are that you will be given a card already in the airplane.

If you hold a K-ETA, you’re automatically exempt from having to complete and submit an arrival card.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Should i apply for k-eta for my children.

Provided your children are 17 years old or younger, it is not necessary to apply for K-ETA for them.

Should I apply for K-ETA if I have a tourist visa?

No. If you have a visa for South Korea you don’t need to submit K-ETA. The K-ETA is only for visa-exempt nationalities.

Do I need a new K-ETA for every visit to Korea?

No. The K-ETA is valid for 3 years from the date of issue. As long as it’s valid, you don’t need to apply for a new one.

Do I need a K-ETA to travel to Jeju Island?

Yes. Even though Jeju has special visa waivers, you still need to submit a K-ETA.

How much money should I have when I apply for a South Korean tourist visa?

Embassies do not disclose this information and it depends. Travelers have been saying that you need to have a minimum of 150$ per day in your bank account.

Do I need proof of COVID vaccination or a COVID test before traveling to South Korea?

Currently, South Korea does not require any COVID-19 vaccination certificates, testing, or quarantine for entry.

WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI

Thirumal Motati

Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.

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South korea visit visa process & requirements.

If you’re planning to dive into the vibrant culture, delicious food, stunning landscapes, and the fascinating history of South Korea, then you’re at the right place.

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the entire process of applying for a South Korean visit visa . So let’s get started!

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Who Needs a South Korea Visa?

While South Korea is welcoming to travelers from around the globe, not everyone requires a visa.

Citizens of several countries, including the US, EU member states, and many others, can visit South Korea for a specified period without a visa.

However, most other travelers will need a South Korean visa.

It’s always advisable to check the latest information from the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Understanding South Korean Visa Types

South Korea offers different types of visas depending on the purpose of your visit. These range from tourist visas, business visas, work visas, and more.

For a short visit, you would need to apply for a tourist visa (C-3), which is valid for 90 days.

Initiating Your Application

The visa application journey begins by obtaining the application form . You can download it from the website of the nearest South Korean embassy or consulate .

Make sure you understand all the fields before you start filling in the details.

Collating Your Documents

The success of your visa application lies in the details. Here are the critical documents you need:

1. Completed Visa Application Form: Ensure all details are filled accurately to avoid any potential issues.

2. Passport: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned stay in South Korea, with at least one blank page for the visa stamp.

3. Passport Photos: Provide two recent color photographs, taken within the last six months.

4. Proof of Travel: Details of your round-trip flight and accommodation reservations in South Korea.

5. Proof of Financial Stability: This can be bank statements from the past three months or a sponsorship letter.

6. Visa Fee: The fee varies by country, so check with the South Korean embassy or consulate for the exact amount.

Submitting Your Application

Once you have all your documents ready, you’ll need to submit your application to the South Korean embassy or consulate in your country.

It’s advisable to apply at least one month before your planned travel date.

Processing Time: Patience is Key

The processing time for South Korean visas can range from five to ten working days.

However, processing times can vary, and it’s advisable to apply well in advance to avoid any unexpected delays.

Touchdown in South Korea

Once you’ve secured your visa, and it’s time to set foot in South Korea, be sure to keep all your documents on hand for immigration checks.

Extending Your Stay

If you’ve become smitten with South Korea and wish to extend your stay, you can apply for an extension at the local immigration office before your current visa expires.

Be ready to give a valid reason for your extension and to pay an extension fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can I work in South Korea on a visit visa?

No, a visit visa does not permit you to take up employment in South Korea. If you plan to work, you would need to apply for a work visa .

Q2: Can my visa application be denied?

Yes, visa applications can be denied for various reasons, including incomplete application forms, insufficient proof of funds, or security concerns.

Q3: Can I extend my visa more than once?

The possibility of extending your visa more than once depends on South Korean immigration laws at the time of your request. Always check the most recent regulations with the immigration office.

Q4: Is South Korea safe for tourists?

South Korea is generally very safe for tourists. However, always follow local laws and customs, and stay updated on the latest safety advisories.

We hope this guide has helped make the South Korea visa application process less daunting.

However, always cross-check the most current information with the official South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) website.

Here’s to your unforgettable South Korean adventure!

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Tourist Visa In Korea: A Simple Guide

Picture this: vibrant Seoul nights, tranquil temple visits, and spicy kimchi feasts.

Ready to pack your bags for an unforgettable Korean escapade?

Before you board, let’s unravel the tapestry of securing a tourist visa for Korea.

How Is Tourism Impacting The Korean Economy?

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Sights and attractions in Korea collectively are the reason why over 17.5 million visitors arrived in South Korea in 2019. This figure is 14% higher compared to the previous year’s number, making it one of the top visited countries in Asia. 

Travel and Tourism added significantly to the country’s economy, contributing 4.16% to the overall GDP of the country in 2019. 

However, most international travelers embarking on their Korean adventures will have to obtain a tourist visa . 

In this extensive guide, we will walk you through the intricate details of securing a tourist visa for South Korea. From the eligibility criteria to the visa application process, while also providing you with valuable tips to ensure a successful application. 

While we are on the topic, it is important to mention that it is easier for citizens of the developed nations to obtain a hassle-free visa, which is mostly on arrival.

Nations like the EU Member States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom have a visa waiver agreement with the Republic of Korea.

Other nations which do not have a visa waiver agreement with Korea include countries like The United Arab Emirates, Canada, Russia, Bahrain and others.

However, this in no way implies that it is difficult for the citizens of these countries or other countries to obtain a Korean visa. 

One thing to be noted here is that the famous Schengen visa is not required to enter Korea. The visa required to set foot in Korea is issued and processed by the Government of Korea. Schengen is only required to enter most of the European states. 

What Is the Korean Tourist Visa?

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Like any country that offers different types of visas for different people, depending on their purpose of visit, Korea also follows the same route.

Visas granted for educational purposes have different requirements, terms and conditions comparatively to a businessman heading to Korea for trade and investment.

Similarly, a visa granted for the purpose of sightseeing is different. A Korean tourist visa, often referred to as a C-3 visa, is the key that unlocks the doors to South Korea for travelers from around the world. 

This visa allows its holder to explore the breathtaking landscapes, vibrant city life, rich cultural heritage, yummy street food, access to the world’s best skincare that South Korea offers, for a specified duration, usually up to 90 days.

Whether your purpose is sightseeing, visiting your friends or family, or experiencing the diverse culture that Korea offers, a tourist visa is your magic wand to a memorable journey through this captivating country. 

What Is The Eligibility Criteria For Korean Tourist Visa?

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Before embarking on the visa application journey, it is vital to determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria for a Korean tourist visa. 

Requirements are set by the Korean Government and individuals going ahead with the process should be aware of the fact that the rules and conditions are the same for all. 

Being fair and unbiased to every nationality is the primary goal of the Korean Government.  

The criteria typically includes:

Valid Passport

Your passport should have the validity of at least six months beyond your intended departure date from South Korea. 

Passport should not expire and should be renewed by the relevant authorities prior to applying for the visa.

Financial Capability

You must demonstrate the financial means to cover your stay in South Korea.

This involves providing your recent bank statements, financial sponsorship letters, or other evidence of sufficient funds.

Intention To Return

You will need to convince the visa granting authority and establish your intention to return to your home country or residence after your visit ends. 

This can be exhibited through ties to your family, employment proof, property ownership, or educational commitments.

Clean Criminal Record

For visiting any country in the world, no matter developed or developing, even the ones plagued with crimes, one must submit proof of the fact that they are civilized, law abiding citizens of their own countries. 

Furthermore, having a clean criminal record is necessary and relevant. Any history of serious criminal offenses may impact the visa application and will most probably result in the visa denial.

Flight Itinerary And Accommodation

Present a confirmed flight itinerary to and from South Korea, as well as all the relevant details of your accommodation for the duration of your stay.

Purpose Of Visit

State clearly the purpose of your visit as tourism. Whether you plan to explore historic sites, indulge in cultural experiences, great food or visit friends and family, your intent should align with tourism .

What Are The Types Of Korean Tourist Visa?

Korean tourist visas are broadly divided into two types:

The C-3 Visa 

This is a short-term tourist visa . It’s the most common type of tourist visa and is suitable for travelers planning to stay in South Korea for a short period of time, typically up to 90 days.  

It is ideal for tourists, those visiting friends or family, or individuals seeking to explore the country’s vibrant culture.

This is the group tourist visa . The C-4 visa is designed for group tourists who are part of an officially recognized tour group.

If you plan to explore South Korea as part of an organized tour, this visa is the one to pursue.

What Is The Korean Tourist Visa Application Process?

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Obtaining a Korean tourist visa involves a structured application process, which can be outlined as follows:

Download And Complete The Application Form

Access the visa application form from the official website of the Korean embassy or consulate in your home country. 

It is important to fill out the form accurately, ensuring there are no errors, and no relevant information is missed out.

Gather Required Documents

Collect the necessary supporting documents , including your passport, passport-sized photos, proof of financial capability, flight itinerary, accommodation details, and any additional documents specified by the embassy or consulate.

Schedule An Appointment

Some Korean embassies or consulates may require applicants to book an appointment for visa submission. It is crucial to check the specific requirements of the embassy or consulate in your area and follow their procedures.

Submit Your Application

Attend the appointment (if required) or visit the embassy or consulate during their designated working hours to submit your application. Ensure that all documents are neatly organized and presented according to their guidelines.

Pay The Visa Fee

Pay the visa application fee, which varies depending on your nationality and the type of visa you are applying for. Keep the receipt as proof of payment.

Visa Interview (If Required)

In some cases, applicants may be called for a visa interview. During the interview, be prepared to answer questions about your travel plans, intentions, and other relevant details.

Wait For Processing

The processing time for a Korean tourist visa can vary, ranging from a few days to several weeks. Patience is essential during this period.

Collect Your Visa

Once your visa application is approved, collect your visa from the embassy or consulate. Before leaving, double-check all visa details for accuracy.

How Long Can You Stay In Korea For With A Tourist Visa? 

With a Korean tourist visa, you can typically stay in South Korea for a period of up to 90 days (about 3 months). 

This 90-day period is often referred to as the “duration of stay.” It begins from the date of your entry into South Korea and is indicated on your visa sticker.

It is important to abide by the allowed duration of stay specified on your visa. Overstaying your visa can result in legal consequences, including fines, deportation, and potential difficulties obtaining future visas. 

If you plan to stay in South Korea for longer than 90 days or for purposes other than tourism, you will need to explore other visa options, such as a work visa, student visa, or long-term residency visa, depending on your specific circumstances and intentions for staying in the country. 

However, the requirements and documents needed for those visas would differ from that of a tourist visa. 

What Is The Visa Fees For A Tourist/Visitor Visa?

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The visa fee for a Korean tourist visa can vary depending on the nationality of an individual and the type of visa they are applying for. 

As of September 2021 , the standard visa fee for most nationalities was around 60,000 Korean Won (KRW). However, this fees is tentative and can change from time to time. 

There may be variations based on your nationality, visa category, and the specific embassy or consulate where you apply.

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information on visa fees for your specific situation, visiting the official website of the Korean embassy or the consulate in your home country is recommended. 

They typically provide detailed information on visa requirements and fees for applicants from different countries. Additionally, you can contact the embassy or consulate directly for clarification on the current visa fees and payment methods.

How Long Does It Take To Process A Korean Short Stay Visa For Tourism?

The processing time for the C-3 tourist visa can vary depending on several factors, including your nationality, the specific embassy or consulate where you apply, and the time of year.

However, here are some general guidelines:

Normal Processing Time

In many cases, the normal processing time for a Korean tourist visa is approximately 5 to 10 business days.

This means that if you submit a complete and accurate visa application, you can expect to receive a decision within the time frame mentioned above.

Peak Seasons

During peak travel seasons, such as the summer months and major holidays like Christmas, Easter and others, visa processing times may be slightly longer due to a higher influx of applications. 

It is advisable to apply in advance during these periods to ensure that your visa is processed in time for your intended travel dates.

Visa Interview

If the embassy or consulate requires a visa interview as part of the application process, this may add extra time to the processing. 

Visa interviews are typically scheduled in advance and can take place before a decision is made.

Complex Cases

If your visa application is considered more complex due to specific circumstances or additional document requirements, it may take longer to process.

For example, if you have a history of visa denials or if you’re applying for a long-term visa, it may require additional attention and thought and will take more time.

What Are The Tips For A Successful Korean Tourist Visa Application? 

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Securing a Korean tourist visa can be a straightforward process if you follow these essential tips:

Apply In Advance

Commence the visa application process well in advance of your planned travel dates to account for processing time and potential delays.

Provide Accurate Information

Ensure that all information provided on your application form aligns with the supporting documents and is entirely accurate . 

Financial Documentation

Submit clear and comprehensive financial documents to demonstrate your ability to support yourself during your stay in South Korea. 

Travel Itinerary

Craft a well-structured travel plan that outlines your plans and intended destinations within South Korea according to your interests and wants. 

Avoid Overstaying

Respect the validity period of your vis a and adhere to the allowed duration of stay. Overstaying can result in legal consequences and future visa denials.

Visa Exemptions

Investigate whether your country is eligible for a visa exemption or visa waiver program, as these options can simplify your travel plans.

Consult The Embassy/Consulate

If you have any doubts or questions about the application process, do not hesitate to reach out to the Korean embassy or consulate for guidance and clarification since they would have all the adequate information and the ability to answer any question that you might have in a detailed manner. 

Conclusion 

You’re now equipped to embark on your Korean journey with the right visa in hand. From palace tours to K-pop concerts, a realm of experiences awaits. Your Korean odyssey begins now!

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Entry Requirements for South Korea: A Comprehensive Guide for US Travelers

Are you considering a visit to the Republic of South Korea? Now is the perfect time to go, asSouth Korea is celebrating its travel year.From April 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024, US citizens traveling for short-term business ortourism purposes will not need the Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) beforeentering South Korea.This travel guide is packed with helpful information and travel advice to help you make the mostof your visit.

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How long is my South Korean visa valid?

What happens if i overstay my visa in south korea, how do i obtain an entry and exit form, what health requirements and screenings are required when entering south korea.

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Asa US citizen planning to travel to South Korea, you cannot obtain a visa on arrival. US citizens don't require a tourist visa to enter South Korea. Normally, you must apply for a K-ETA before entering Korea for short-term stays. However, that requirementhas been lifted through December 2024.

Travelers planning long-term stays of more than 90 days must obtain a visa from a Korean Government diplomatic office, like the nearest embassy or consulate, before traveling for longer stays or going to South Korea to study or work. Plan ahead and obtain the necessary visa to avoid any inconvenience during your trip

How much is a South Korean visa for US citizens?

The duration of validity for a South Korean visa varies depending on the type of visa that has been granted. The K-ETA visa is valid for two years from the date of issuance and includes an automatic reentry permit. Travelers can make multiple trips to visit South Korea for short-term(90-day) stays within its validity period. Be sure to review your visa details for precise trave linformation and validity.

An entry and exit form is not required for US citizens traveling to South Korea.

There are currently no special requirements or screenings to enter Korea. Travelers should check the CDC’s travel guidance on South Korea for updates.

Vaccinations

Travelers to South Korea are not required to receive mandatory vaccinations. However, it is generally recommended that most travelers get vaccinated for diseases such as hepatitis A andB, typhoid, and rabies. To determine which vaccinations you may need and for other travel health tips, consult the CDC's recommendation .

Prescriptions

As a traveler, you can bring prescription drugs for personal use into Korea. You should carry adoctor's note or prescription and ensure the medicine is in its original packaging.If you need medication while in Korea, you must visit a local doctor and obtain a prescription before it can be filled by a Korean pharmacy. While Korean pharmacies do sell mostprescription medications (even though the brand names may differ), they may not have psychotropics available.

Since COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, there are no COVID-19 testing, vaccination, orquarantine requirements for entry into South Korea. According to the CDC, internationaltravelers should be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations before traveling abroad. Because the COVID-19 situation could change with little or no notice, travelers are advised tocheck theSouth Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency for updates before departing. A list of some COVID-19 testing facilities in South Korea and further information can be found on the Korean Embassy website , should travelers need testing for travel to other countries.

FAQs on South Korea travel requirements

Do i need to wear a mask in south korea.

Per the current COVID-19 guidelines, wearing a mask in public places is voluntary in majorcities in South Korea, except in certain hospitals and other medical care facilities. However,many South Koreans still wear masks outdoors and on public transport.

Are restaurants and bars open in South Korea?

Restaurants and bars are open in South Korea and operating normally.

Will my phone work in South Korea?

Most US carriers work in South Korea, but roaming charges may apply. Check with your service provider for data, text, and voice roaming charges. You can buy a local SIM card on arrival atSouth Korean airports or at a local shop. High-speed Wi-Fi is readily available in South Korea.Keeping your phone in flight mode and using Wi-Fi to connect is a cost-effective alternative to roaming.

What kind of plugs do I need in South Korea?

South Korea uses type C and F plugs, as found in Europe. US travelers willneed a traveladapter. The standard voltage is 220V, and the standard frequency is 60Hz. You may also want to pack a power converter if you use any electrical devices that aren’t rated for dual voltage.

What should I wear in South Korea?

South Korea is modern and cosmopolitan. People dress smartly and well in professional settings, and there is a general preference for modest dress. It is especially advisable to dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

Can I smoke or drink alcohol in public in South Korea?

Smoking is prohibited in many public places and only permitted in designated areas. Drinking in public is allowed, but public drunkenness is frowned upon by local authorities. Local laws impose fines and penalties for causing disruptions to the public peace. To avoid visiting the local police station, it’s best to drink in moderation.

Is it safe for LGBTQ+ travelers in South Korea?

Although younger generations in South Korea are increasingly tolerant, many gays and lesbians still opt to keep their sexual orientation hidden from their families and employers. Those who choose to publicly share their orientation while traveling in South Korea should be prepared for possible negative reactions

Online resources for travelers to South

  • US Department of State: International Travel to South Korea
  • US CDC Traveler’s Health: South Korea
  • Embassy of South Korea in the US: Visa Guidance
  • Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency: Public Health News and Alerts
  • South Korea Tourism: Visit Korea

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How to Schedule a KOREAN VISA APPLICATION Appointment (Korean Embassy Manila)

How to Schedule a KOREAN VISA APPLICATION Appointment (Korean Embassy Manila)

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One of the countries I’ve been almost desperately wanting to return to is South Korea. So when the Korean government announced it would finally begin accepting tourist visa applications again, I was the first to book flights.

The problem is, Korea is an extremely popular destination, especially among Filipinos. While the Korean Embassy in Manila is still trying to get back to normal operations, visa applications started piling up. But that’s not all. The embassy has also posted a notice warning against submission of falsified requirements like certificates of employment, bank certificates, ITR or other documents, implying a rise in dubious documents it receives. According to travel agents we talked to, it’s because of this that the embassy became stricter and more meticulous in reviewing applications.

All these led to the Embassy limiting the number of applications it accepts per day. Walk-in applicants formed long queues as early as the night before just to make sure they make it to the cutoff. I know this because I have attempted multiple times! I fell in line for hours only to be told that they couldn’t accept my application because they had already reached the day’s quota.

Korean Embassy Manila Line

Fortunately, the Korean Embassy recently launched an online appointment system! The good news is, it eliminates the need for applicants to physically spend the night lining up. The bad news is, as with any other new system, it can still be quite confusing. Thankfully, I was able to successfully reserve a slot while documenting the entire process. In this article, I’ll share with you exactly how to secure a visa application appointment with the Korean Embassy.

But first, a few reminders:

  • Make sure you have the following with you: – a working e-mail address. You’ll need this to retrieve an authentication code. – your passport details, particularly your name and passport number.
  • You can schedule an appointment for yourself and accompanying parents, children and spouse ONLY. Outside these conditions, applying for a group or other people isn’t allowed.
  • The best time to book is the morning of the last Thursday of the month, which is usually when the embassy opens slots for the coming week. More info about that in the FAQs section below. “Usually” because this does change in some months. (Sometimes it gets moved to the Thursday before the last.) The Embassy announces on its FB page when there are changes. However, some slots do open up on other days if other applicants or the embassy itself cancels their appointment.
  • Use Google Chrome. I find it to be more compatible to the website than other browsers.
  • Be quick. The number of slots dwindle FAST and be all gone in a matter of minutes.
  • This guide is only for individual applicants. You may apply via a travel agency but they will be following this same process.

Here’s how to get an appointment with the Korean Embassy for visa application:

WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?

1. Visit the Korean Embassy’s Consular Services website.

You can find it at https://consul.mofa.go.kr/en/main.do .

Under the APPLY FOR A CONSULAR SERVICE tab, click on RESERVATION TO VISIT A DIPLOMATIC MISSION . It’s the first button under this tab.

Korean Visa Application Appointment System

2. Fill out the non-membership log-in form.

On the next page, a pop up will appear: Please log in as a non-member to access this service. Click OK. Then, follow these steps.

Korean Embassy Appointment Website

  • On the log-in form, click on the CONSENT TO ALL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF USE button. It will display the terms. Read and scroll down, and then click CONFIRM .
  • Enter your name as indicated on the passport that you will use.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Click SEND AUTHENTICATION NUMBER. The system will send a code to the email address you just entered. It usually takes a minute or so, but at peak times, it can take as long as 30 minutes.
  • Enter the authentication number you received and click VERIFY .
  • Under contact information, enter your phone or mobile number.
  • Click NON-MEMBERSHIP LOG IN .

3. Choose the embassy and service type.

Before you reach this type, you might be redirected first to a virtual “waiting room”, depending on how heavy the visitor traffic is at the time. The page will show you how much time (in seconds) you need to wait before it takes you to the reservation page.

Once on the Reservation page, choose the following:

List of Korean Embassies

  • Under SELECT A DIPLOMATIC MISSION, choose EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES. This is the Korean Embassy in Manila. (It’s toward the bottom of the list.) Note that there are two Philippine missions on the list. The other is the Consulate General in Cebu. Make sure you pick the right one.
  • Under SELECT A CONSULAR SERVICE, choose VISA (INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS FOR TOURISM). And then, under it, tick the box next to VISA (INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS FOR TOURISM). It’s the only selectable box.

Korean Visa Appointment Manila

4. Select an appointment date.

You’ll see that not all dates are clickable. The grayed out dates cannot be chosen. Pick a date.

Korean Visa Appointment Date and Time

After you pick a date, click the radio button beside the time that applies to you. These are the time allocations:

  • 08:30 – Visa Issuance Number holders only
  • 09:00 – Koreans’ Filipino Family Visit (F6-1, C3-1, F1-5, F2-2)
  • 09:30 – Individual Applicants for Tourism (C-3-9)
  • 10:00 – Business (C3-1, C3-4, C4-5)
  • 10:30 – Official Conference, Study and others (C3-1, C4-5, D2, D4, A1, A2, etc)

Even if there’s only one option, don’t forget to still tick the radio button. You won’t be able to move on to the next step otherwise.

If all dates are grayed out and not clickable, it means there are no more available slots at the time. You can wait and keep on refreshing.

NOTE: The Embassy usually opens slots for the coming weeks on the last THURSDAY of the month. That’s the best time to try to get an appointment. In some months, it gets moved to the second-to-the-last Thursday of the month. The Embassy usually announces changes like this on its Facebook page. However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find a slot any other day. Sometimes, the Embassy or the applicant themselves cancel their appointment, putting refreshed slots up for grabs.

5. Check reservation details and type your passport number.

‼️ Under NOTES, enter your passport number! If you’re also applying for your parents/children/spouse under this appointment, you should enter all your full names and corresponding passport numbers.

Korean Visa Appointment Passport Number

If you don’t fill in the SPECIFIC REQUESTS field, the Embassy will automatically cancel your appointment and you’ll have to find a new slot. I learned this the hard way, so don’t make the same mistake.

Once everything is in order, type in the CAPTCHA code and click MAKE RESERVATION .

A note will pop up. Check if all the details are correct. You won’t be able to modify it afterwards. If you need to change something, you’ll have to cancel and make another reservation. If everything is correct, click OK.

6. Print out your Reservation Confirmation.

You’ll be taken back to the RESERVATION page, which will now display your scheduled appointment. On the far right, under RESERVATION RECEIPT, click PRINT.

It looks like this:

Korean Visa Appointment Reservation Confirmation

‼️ IMPORTANT! Do not forget to print or save a copy of this receipt. They will check it when you visit the Embassy on your appointment date. Without it, you’ll be denied entry to the premises.

You’ll also receive a confirmation via email.

7. Show up at the Embassy on scheduled appointment date and time.

Bring the following:

Korean Embassy Appointment What to Bring

  • a printed or soft copy of your Reservation Confirmation
  • Completed visa application form
  • Passport and identification card
  • All the other required documents

‼️ IMPORTANT! Only the visa applicants themselves whose names and passport numbers are indicated on the Reservation Receipt will be allowed to enter the Embassy. If you’re caught applying for someone other than yourself, your parents, your children or your spouse, you will be blacklisted by the Embassy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I didn’t make an appointment. can i still make a walk-in visit to the embassy.

NO. Walk-in applicants are no longer accepted, regardless of the visa type you’re applying for.

An appointment is required to be allowed entry.

Can I make an appointment for my spouse (husband/wife)?

YES. On October 4, the Korean Embassy published an update announcing that spouses may now be included in group appointments. So now, you can schedule an appointment for yourself, your parents, your children, or your spouse.

Korean Embassy Appointment Update re Spouse

Previously, it was not allowed. According to the Embassy’s FB page before, husbands and wives must make a separate appointment.

Korean Visa Online Appointment Husband Wife

But the rule has since been changed.

Can I make an appointment for my siblings (brother/sister)?

NO. You may only apply for yourself, your parents, your children, or your spouse.

Siblings are not included in any of the Embassy’s comms, even though they are immediate relatives, too.

The Embassy adds: “Your appointments for your cousins, nephews, nieces and other relatives will be cancelled by the Embassy.”

Can I make an appointment for my friends who will be my travel companions to Korea?

NO, they must secure an appointment slot on their own even though you will be traveling together.

Each applicant can book only for himself alone or for a parent, child, or spouse. If your companion isn’t a parent, spouse or a child, they need to secure a separate appointment.

Can I make multiple appointments under my name?

NO. Only appointments for yourself, spouse, parent or child will be accepted. All of your appointments will be cancelled by the Embassy.

If you’re caught making two or more appointments under one name, you and all the other applicants associated with you will be blacklisted by the Embassy.

When is the best time to book an appointment?

The Embassy only opens slots for the coming two week every other THURSDAY. This is the best time to try to get an appointment. In some months, when the last Thursday falls towards the very end of the month, the opening gets moved to the second-to-the-last Thursday of the month. The Embassy usually announces changes like this on its Facebook page.

Here’s the schedule for the next few months.

Korean Embassy Appointment Dates

For June 2023, it is scheduled on JUNE 22 (the second to the last Thursday), NOT JUNE 29.

However, this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find a slot any other day. Sometimes, the Embassy or the applicants themselves cancel their appointment, putting refreshed slots up for grabs.

I keep on getting this error: 시스템에 일시적으로 장애가 발생했습니다. 잠시 후 다시 시도하여 주십시오. What does it mean?

It reads: The system has temporarily failed. Please try again later.

You may just refresh the page because it would keep on giving this error no matter what you click.

Updates Log

2023/4/27 – Reflected 2023 Q2 schedule updates 2023/1/26 – Reflected 2023 Q1 schedule updates 2022/10/11 – Reflected the October 4 update that includes spouse in application appointment. 2022/9/29 – First up Published: 2022 • 09 • 21

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guest

hi, i was able to booked an appointment but i was super “taranta” so i just put my name and passport no. and forgot to put that of my family. when i checked my reservation i was able to edit and put my parents name. question is, do you have an idea if they will accept this or will they forfeit my reservation? thank you

Yosh Dimen

Hi Shelley! I can’t be sure because I haven’t experienced something like this. But I think it’s OK as long as you print the reservation receipt again and their names should be on it.

In my case, when I failed to enter the right details, I was informed the next day that my reservation was cancelled. If you don’t receive any notification that yours has been cancelled, then I think you should be fine. But again, this is just my guess.

Joy

How about cebu? Pwde pa ba mag walk in dun?

Sheene

Im trying to book an appointment for me, my husband, daughter and son…when i was filling up the special request to put all our full name and passport it doesnt fit since only max 100 characters are allowed. Do u think its ok if i just put all our first name without last name then passport number?TIA

Joy

Hi, when you applied for your family do they need to be with you sa embassy on the date of the appointment? TIA

Michelle

May i know if naging ok?

Sheene

Yes..inaaccept nila ung first name wala na tanong tanong…

Clarice

Hi, any update on this? did they get your application even first name lang nakareserve? thanks

Hi, so far d naman rejected yung appointment namin.will come to know on 14th only when we go there.i got hard time kasi booking an appointment palaging puno slot.

Hi Sheene, not sure, but I would probably do the same since there isn’t much choice.

Thank you!!!

Cher

Hello po. I’m just wondering if applicable pa ba yung BDO/BPI credit card promo when applying for Korean tourist visa? Sabi kasi if mayron nun onte nalang requirements isusubmit? Then the cc site says promo is valid until end of this year.

Hi Cher. Naku, di ko po sure if ongoing pa ung promo now.

Enjambre Maria Socorro

Hi, Do they require booked itineraries already once you apply for a visa?

Hindi naman po.

Baked

Hello, anytime po ba mag l-login same process po sa number 1 and 2?

Marvs

Hello, kapag inaapply ko rin ang spouse ko and children need pa ba sila isama sa appointment? Or pwedeng ako nalang pupunta? Nakakuha kasi ako ng slot may pasok ang mga Bata.

Same question here, i tried to search pero wala ako mahanap if ok lang na d na sila kasama.

Jacq

Can I reschedule my appointment po or hindi?

Ang alam ko po ay hindi.

Hello, can we include grandchild sa special request since minor namn sya, student and i am sponsoring his trip o talagang separate application din sya? TIA

deb

Hi. In the Non-membership log-in, it says there to put name as seen in passport. May I ask if I should include the middle name? Is there a required format ? (surname first then first name or first name, middle name, surname?)

I have 3 previous SK visas but this is the first time that I’m doing the online appointment. Thank you for any input.

yeye

Hello! When entering your name as shown in passport, is it in the order of A. [FIRST NAME] [MIDDLE NAME] [LAST NAME] B. [LAST NAME], [FIRST NAME], [MIDDLE NAME] C. [FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] D. [LAST NAME], [FIRST NAME]

Hope you can help!

Melwin Joseph R. Villanueva

I got an appointment last Nov.18 . i suppose to apply just tourist visa. Before i applied business visa 3months With invitation of korean company.

When i’m in the embassy guard instruct me at window 3 i submit all my documents w/o invitation and the person assist me ask the invitation letter if you cant provide it will more chance of deny application.

Next week will arrive my invitation , it is possible to re~consider my appointment last Nov. 18 to re~submit application once my invitation arrive?

Joyce Patague

Can i represent my daughter at the embassy to submit her application because she must not absent in the school since she is academic scholar.

Jay

Hindi po ba instant ung pagkaka-received ng authentication code sa email? im currently applying now, pero hindi pa rin ako nakaka-received ng authentication code.

Sa case ko po, if I remember correctly, a few minutes lang dumating na. Pero sa teammates ko, mas matagal, umabot 20 minutes yata yun. Dun sa isa naman, hindi dumating yung code at all kasi dami nag-aapply at the same time.

eiel

[surname, given name middle name] po ba ung format sa online appointment?

Cza

Hello po! Thank you for this detailed post. Mas malaki po ba ang chance na ma-approve ang Korean visa if ikaw mismo ang magsusubmit sa Korean Embassy ng requirements as compared to seeking assistance from an accredited agency? Thank you po!

Hi Cza, I don’t think it matters. But ang OK lang when coursing it through a travel agency is you have an extra layer of checks, so if mayroong makita ang agency na kaya mo pang idagdag or alisin to improve your chances, lalo if complicated yung case, they can give advice. But the submission method per se doesn’t have weight, I think.

I tried awhile ago to inquire in an accredited agency. Wala na daw silang slot for visa assistance. A few minutes later, they offered a travel package which includes visa application assistance. I prefer DIY travel ksi. Assistance on visa application lng need ko kasi I’m from South Cotabato.

Agnes

Hello! Do you have any idea of the time frame for the approval? Back in 2019, it took 30-45 days before you can find out if you got approved or not.

Summer

If I applied for my parents and child, do I need to bring them along for the consul appointment or it’s okay showing just by myself?

Jane

Hi, Can i ask someone to collect the my passport on my behalf ..ano po yung mga requirements? Individual application not through agency thank you po

Jennilyn De dios

How can i book an appointment here in korea embassy in the philippines

Maria

Hi! 1st time traveller with my husband pero si husband sa ibang country mag mumula at mag pprocess ng korean pwede. Ano po kaya mga dapat na requirements ko na dala?

Andrea

Hi! For Nonmembership log in, it says Enter name as shown in passport, is it Surname, Given name or Given name Surname?

Hoping for a replyyy. Thank you!!!

MJ

Please indicate your surname, then given name. Kumbaga how Koreans write their name, too. Surname muna.

DonV

Hi Yosh. I tried the online scheduling today. But is it normal that i tried several times but its always error. I tried twice and got authentication number sent to my email but everytime I entered it for verification. It always Error. Try again later. Then it will return to WAITINGROOM again which will take 30mins more… How can i really get an appointment if this website always like this?

Danica

Hello. They said that travel agencies can no longer process Korean visa,is this true?

The travel agency accreditation system has been abolished, so there are no more “designated travel agencies”. You may still apply via any travel agency but they will have to go through the same process as anyone else, in terms of securing an appointment. :)

Danica

If i was able to logged in as non member but have not booked an appointment, is it ok to log in multiple times?

Yep, you can log in naman multiple times.

Carlo

Hi, how fast do slots for appointment reservation close? I’m supposed to travel first week of May and have yet to secure an appointment slot.

Based on experience, when slots open, they are gone in minutes.

Ella

Hi! Renewing my Korean visa which expired in 2020. Can I include my 9 year old grandson’s visa application in my appointment schedule? His single mom is currently studying/working abroad. I have his mom’s notarized Affidavit of support and consent. I want to bring him to Korea for a short vacay.

ACDimJr.

Hi, I missed answer two questions on Visa App: #8.8 (relatives in Korea) and #11 (assistance w form) and I may hv made mistake in Purpose of trip. Encoding Tourism, while my purpose is Business. Do I need to change the application form? My supposed trip is on Mar 06 2023. What your experience for this kind of tight schedule? Thank You

Ivy

Hello po . Pag nakabook po ba appointment for visa, may interview po ba or submission lang ng requirements ang gagawin po?

Reygan

Naka reserved ako ng appointment and unfortunately hindi ko nailagay yung Passport Number ko sa notes sa sobrang taranta, pwede pa ba tong ma update? or ano kaya pwede ko gawin? Should I email them?

Ciao

Hello, i tried to book for an appointment. i clicked the make reservation na ang clicked ok. wala pa rin siyang lumalabas. And nagkamali ako, naclick ko yung check reservation. tapos bumalik siya sa waiting room. May idea ka po anong meaning nun? hindi po ba yun na get thru? :(

Michael

what’s the diff between membership and non-membership login?

MJ D

Membership: you can log in when you need/want to. Its advantage is that it’s more efficient than the non-membership login. Non-membership: less efficient since you have to wait for the OTP to arrive at your email pa. From what I hear, matagal siya dumating sa email address mo on days that the reservation slots are opened.

I would recommend that you make an account (membership) prior the appointment slot para mas mabilis ka na makakuha ng slot. Hope this helps!

MJ D

I was able to get an appointment slot, though I don’t want to take a leave on the appointment day due to work. Pwede ba ipalakad yung documents ko sa travel agency?

Di ko po sure ah, pero I think dapat ikaw. Kasi if ipapalakad sa agency, you should’ve chosen Travel Agency dun sa options po.

KL P

options po saan?

Naku, March pa po itong reply ko sa kanya. Baka iba na po ngayon.

Hi Yosh! Thanks for replying to my concern. So in my last application, pinalakad ko siya sa travel agency. Pwede naman pala :) My application was also approved.

Maria

Hello pag na blacklisted ba sa online appointment may iba pang way para makapag appointment ng visa?

Jaeanne

Hi, thank you so much for this very informative content ☺️ may I ask how much is the visa fee? Thank you again ☺️

It’s FREE of charge.

Van

About PSA Birth certificate and marriage certificate okay lang ba na almost 2 yrs ago na kinuha sa PSA, will they still accept as long as galing sa PSA?

Just make sure that it’s still the original copy, and updated ang details.

Maricar Puyo

Are covering letters required or optional?

Cover letter for visa application? Optional.

justine

Hello! I still have a valid visa but will be the one applying sana for my senior father & minor daughter. Do you know if thats possible? TIA and Thank you for the very informative post.

Hi Justine! I’m not sure if it’s possible, but I *think* it is allowed.

Aaron James Mongcopa

Hello, when claiming the Korean Visa in the embassy, do we need to print anything again? And how would we know if our visa already okay for pick-up? Thank you.

Saem

Hello po! Mag a-apply palang po kaming passport this Apr. 17 then sa Apr. 27 po open ng slots ng Embassy. Pede po kaya mag sign up na kahit wala pa po passport on hand?

**Additional: May format/ template po ba ang letter of invitation for Korean visa?

Reindhie Dela Torre

Ask ko lang po kujng pano po kapag mag aapointment sana ng date para makpunta sa Embassy para malaman or macheck po kung wala po kami sa list ng BAN For re entry sa korea.. Dto din po ba mag appointment?

Artven santiago

Hi,ok lang po ba na ibang email address ang gamitin sa pagkuha ng visa appointment slot? Nag pa book kc ako ng appointment online then email ng setter ang nakalagay pero name ko naman ang nakalagay sa reservation hindi po ba yun magkaka problema?explain ni setter email nya ang nilagay nya to get the authentication code at maka pag pa reserve ng slot.wala daw po yun magiging problema…any adia po?tsaka tanong ko na din po pwede ba include ang name ng mga makakasama ko sa tour like spouse and children with their passport numbers bali 1 family kami 3pax?or need ko sila kuhanan ng separate appointment?pls enlighten me po tsaka pwede ba hindi na isama ang spouse and child kc may work at nag aaral anak ko. ako nalang pupunta sa mismong appointment schedule?thanks po

lei

hello, may nabago po ba dito? pwede po ba walk-in? thank you

Hindi pa po pwede walk in. Need pa rin po ng appointment

cielo

Hi po.. when booking an appointment ano po difference between Individual application for Tourism 1 , 2 and 3? thanks po

No difference naman between the three. They just have more slots na ngayon probably due to the demand. :)

mika

Hi! Question, how many days usually ang visa approval? Thanks!

Hi! In my experience, usually a week after mo malalaman if you’ve been approved or not.

bia

For Korean visa, can I make one appointment slot together with 2 adult single children? thank you

jaz

Hi may I ask if pinayagan po?

Michelle

what are the documents needed for my nephew? he’s still a minor (13y/o)? gusto namin siyang isama. pwede bang ikuha ng appointment siyang mag isa?

Maureen

Applicable pa po ba ang travel agency visa application?

Thank you po sa mga sasagot

Hi Maureen, pwede pa rin yata but need yata nilang dumaan sa same process as normal applicants. To be honest, sa sobrang daming beses nagbago, kahit ako naguguluhan na.

Sabrina Mori

Hi! I’ve been traveling this summer and am not in my home country (USA) but I will be studying abroad in Korea this fall. Therefore, I need a student visa. However, in Japan, I checked the online embassy calendar for visa appointment and it’s full for all of July. I was debating on whether just going to the Korean embassy in August before school starts and getting a visa there. But I was wondering how long it takes for the visa to come… Also I think I would have to reserve a visa appointment at the Korea embassy and not be able to walk up. Is there an online visa application form because I cannot find it.

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The authorities in South Korea set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the South Korean Embassy in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering South Korea.

Passport validity requirements

If you are visiting as a tourist for up to 90 days, your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ after the date you are leaving South Korea.

If you are entering South Korea on a long-term visa, your passport should have an ‘expiry date’ at least 6 months after the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Visa requirements

You do not need a visa to visit South Korea as a tourist for up to 90 days. You must have an onward or return ticket. It’s illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.

If you are travelling for any purpose other than short-term business or tourism, check visa requirements with the South Korean Embassy in the UK .

For those in South Korea on a work visa, all employment changes must be authorised by Korean Immigration.

Re-entry permits for long-term visa holders

Most foreign nationals in South Korea on long-term visas are allowed to re-enter South Korea within one year of departure without the need for a re-entry permit. Check with the Korea Immigration Service .

If you are resident and intend to spend more than a year outside of South Korea, in most cases, you must apply for a multiple re-entry permit via the Hi Korea website before departure. If you require a re-entry permit, engage early with the immigration authorities and apply for a re-entry permit at least 4 working days ahead of any planned travel. 

Visas for working as an English teacher

To get a visa to teach English in South Korea, you must have a 3-year university degree. A Teaching English as a Foreign Language ( TEFL ) qualification alone is not enough. If you are found to have a teaching visa by deception, you will be detained and deported.

British nationals teaching English in South Korea have sometimes found living and working conditions to be below their expectation or have had difficulties getting the correct visas and residence permits. Some also report more serious problems such as breach of contract, confiscation of passport, payment being withheld and inadequate insurance.

Check all terms and conditions of your employment carefully. If possible, speak to other teachers from the place where you plan to work before accepting any offer. If you are in South Korea and in need of assistance, you should contact British Embassy in Seoul .

Vaccination requirements

At  least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s South Korea guide .

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There are strict rules about goods you can take into or out of South Korea . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

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Opening of the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) in London

Starting from  January 17, 2022,  the Government of the Republic of Korea will open the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) in London, managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to manage the Korean visa applications submitted by UK nationals and third country nationals regularly residing in the UK.

Kindly find below the contacts of the KVAC :

*Kindly note that due to the current COVID-19 situations, the KVAC will receive applications only via post, until further notice.

Following the opening of the KVAC, the ROK Embassy in London will not receive any visa application, effective January 17, 2022. 

In London, the KVAC will act on behalf of the ROK Embassy in London, performing the following tasks :

● Information provision through the dedicated website, via email, and phone calls

● Completeness and accuracy checks for the visa application supporting documents

● Passport logistics.

1. K-ETA(Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)

● K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is mandatory for nationals or citizens of 66 visa-waiver countries and 46 designated visa-free countries who plan to travel to Korea. However, due to the covid-19, from 1 Sep 2021, only nationals of 49 countries/regions can apply for K-ETA. Please visit this link for more information.

● Website : www.k-eta.go.kr 

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2. General Information

● British passport holders do not require a Visa for the entry purpose of a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending non-profitable meetings) up to 90 days.

● You can ONLY apply for A1(Diplomacy)·A2(Official) at the Embassy in London.

● You can ONLY apply for a visa by post in the UK. ( Address : A1·A2 Visa service Embassy of the Republic of Korea 60 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6AJ)

● Please do not send your application by post before contact Embassy.  

● You can ONLY collect a visa in person from 10AM till 12PM (Monday to Friday, Close on holidays)

● Please be informed that it takes  about 2 weeks  to issue visa.

● Please apply for a visa no more than two months in advance from the planned date of entry into South Korea.

● If you are not a British National, you have to hold more than two years residential Visa in UK to apply for a Visa through us. (Make a photocopy of your UK visa and submit it with your application)

● We will be holding your passport during the visa process.

● Please type or print clearly when you fill out the Visa application form AND DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN AT THE BOTTOM.

● If you are requesting a Visa by post, please be sure to enclose a self-addressed envelope marked with the correct postage to receive your Visa(s).  Please do not use a franking service envelope or do not put a prepaid sticker which has expired or issued date on your envelope .

● You will need at least 6 months validity on the passport to apply for a visa

3. General Required Documents for Visa Application

● Regardless of your Visa status, these items have to be submitted in order to obtain a Visa.

● We can require more documents if needed.

● A valid passport

● A completed Visa application   (Visa Application Form General )

● A recent passport photo  (3.5 x 4.5cm, colour photo)

● Fee : Visa fee is waived

● A self-addressed stamped special delivery envelop :  If you want to collect your passport in person, please include a letter explaining your plan to do so.

● Please choose your visa (at '4. Other visa information') for additional required documents for the category of visa for which you are applying.

4. Other Visa Information

● A-2 (Official) Visa

● A-1 (Diplomacy) Visa

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It’s the destination that’s previously been overlooked by Aussie travellers in favour of places like Indonesia, Fiji and Japan — but with an increase in flight offerings, South Korea has never been more popular with tourists from Down Under.

According to the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA) data, more than 90,000 Australians visited South Korea between June 2022 and May 2023, a leap from the 75,000 visits during the same period in 2019.

But visitors are now being warned to ensure they have all the right documents in place before entering — with South Korea bringing in a brand new visa for a rather specific type of visitor.

From this month, the new Workcation or Digital Nomad Visa, means remote workers of overseas companies who wish to stay in Korea can do so for up to one year, with the possibility to extend for an additional year.

Crowds of people walking through the colourfully illuminated neon night streets of Sinchon, Seoul, South Korea. Picture: iStock

Previously, remote workers travelling in Korea were limited to stays of up to 90 days.

The requirements to be successful with the visa are quite finicky, with applicants aged 18 or older needing to have worked for an overseas company for at least one year and have earned a salary equivalent to at least 85,000,000 KRW (around AU$97,000) in the previous year. According to Visit Korea, applicants should also have medical insurance that covers over 100,000,000 KRW (around AU$114,000) in medical treatment and repatriation fees.

Qualifying applicants may also apply for their dependent family to stay in Korea during the visa validity period. Eligible remote workers currently staying in Korea on a short-term visitor visa can apply for a change of visa and in turn, extend their stay.

However applicants who are hoping to use the new visa as a ticket to a longer stay are being warned that this visa does not act as a work permit for employment in Korea, and engagement in profitmaking activities is strictly prohibited.

Seoul, South Korea city skyline night-time skyline. Picture: iStock

South Korea has also announced a secondary visa that will be required later in the year, dubbed the Hallyu visa, or the ‘K-culture training visa’. This document is specifically targeted for enthusiasts of South Korean culture, and will allow foreign individuals who register at local performing art academies to stay in the country for up to two years.

According Visit Korea, with this visa, those passionate about Korean culture or related fields in the pop industry will receive education and training from experts in Korean music, film, animation and gaming industries and will be launched in the second half of 2024 specifically for enthusiasts of Korean culture.

South Korea has introduced a new visa for certain travellers.

Hallyu, which translates to “Korean Wave,” refers to the enormous global popularity of South Korea’s cultural economy exporting K-pop culture through music, films and other artistic mediums.

South Korea’s growing popularity for Australian visitors has been attributed to the “cultural phenomenon” surrounding the country’s music scene and streaming shows.

The $10-billion K-pop industry has become a crucial part of the country’s economy, and continues to boom as one of the most-cited reason for visiting, according to a report released in October by South Korea’s culture-and-tourism ministry.

One New Australian passport with an international boarding pass inserted inside the document. Escape 19 November 2023 Doc Holiday Photo – iStock

For the report, researchers tracked mentions of Korean culture for three years on social and online media in the 20 top countries that drive inbound tourism, according to Forbes.

The study found that K-pop was mentioned nearly 37 million times — roughly 2.6 times more often than the next most-cited motivation, Korean food, and about four times more often than general Korean cultural content.

Flights to Seoul from certain Australian ports have also provided access to South Korea and allowed greater visitation, with Qantas and Jetstar launching direct flights between Sydney and South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, in December 2022.

The debate on whether a person should give up their plane seat so a family can sit together has long raged on – but this woman’s unique dispute is baffling social media.

A passenger has photographed the appalling moment a flyer behind her committed a gross act.

A “disgruntled” passenger aboard a flight from Arizona to Texas reportedly went on a farting spree, forcing the plane to return to the gate.

WSAV Savannah

Travel to South Korea is easier than ever

S AVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — To boost travel in the country, the tourist visa needed to enter South Korea has been waived for U.S. citizens until Dec. 31, 2024.

The Korea Electronic Travel Authorization , K-ETA, which normally takes 72 hours to be approved following the application, is not required for a 90-day stay in South Korea.

All you need is a valid U.S. passport to enter.

Don’t know Korean? Travel in the country is easy, with transportation signs normally including English and tourist establishments having English-speaking employees .

The country also has one of the world’s best transportation systems , according to GoCity.com, as being clean, efficient and reliable .

One South Korean Won is worth 0.00076 U.S. dollars, which means the dollar is worth more when exchanged.

According to Expedia ,the average price of a flight from Savannah to the capital of South Korea Seoul is around $1,227 with American Airlines and JetBlue.

A country known for its food, entertainment and fashion, South Korea is a safe country to travel to with many incentives for U.S. citizens. Will you plan a trip?

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to WSAV-TV.

Travel to South Korea is easier than ever

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    round trip ticket For further information regarding the additional documents, please consult the respective diplomatic office in your country. Korea tourist visa validity The Korean tourist visa is valid for 90 days starting from the date of issuance, allowing ample time for travel and exploration within this time frame.

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    5.1 Download And Complete The Application Form 5.2 Gather Required Documents 5.3 Schedule An Appointment 5.4 Submit Your Application 5.5 Pay The Visa Fee 5.6 Visa Interview (If Required) 5.7 Wait For Processing 5.8 Collect Your Visa 6 How Long Can You Stay In Korea For With A Tourist Visa? 7 What Is The Visa Fees For A Tourist/Visitor Visa?

  16. Complete South Korea Travel Guide 2024: Korean Travel Tips

    Cost To Travel In South Korea In 2024. This part of the South Korea travel guide will help you understand some of your expected costs to travel to Korea. The costs to travel to Korea include flights, accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, activities, sim cards, visas, souvenirs, travel insurance, and lots more.

  17. Entry Requirements for South Korea:

    However, that requirementhas been lifted through December 2024. Travelers planning long-term stays of more than 90 days must obtain a visa from a Korean Government diplomatic office, like the nearest embassy or consulate, before traveling for longer stays or going to South Korea to study or work.

  18. How to Schedule a KOREAN VISA APPLICATION Appointment (Korean Embassy

    While the Korean Embassy in Manila is still trying to get back to normal operations, visa applications started piling up. But that's not all. The embassy has also posted a notice warning against submission of falsified requirements like certificates of employment, bank certificates, ITR or other documents, implying a rise in dubious documents ...

  19. Entry requirements

    COVID-19 rules There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering South Korea. Passport validity requirements If you are visiting as a tourist for up to 90 days,...

  20. Visa Requirements to Visit the U.S. from South Korea

    1. Complete the online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) and print the confirmation page. 2. Schedule an appointment for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in South Korea. 3. Gather required documents including passport, Form DS-160 confirmation page, photo, and other documents as required (see below). 4.

  21. South Korea's two new visa programmes; know what it means for Indian

    South Korea is responding to the global interest in its culture, driven by the success of K-pop and K-dramas, by introducing two new visas in 2024—the digital nomad visa (workation visa) and the ...

  22. Visa InformationEmbassy of the Republic of Korea in the ...

    Passport logistics. Website : www.k-eta.go.kr You can ONLY apply for a visa by post in the UK. (Address : A1·A2 Visa service Embassy of the Republic of Korea 60 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6AJ) You can ONLY collect a visa in person from 10AM till 12PM (Monday to Friday, Close on holidays)

  23. Your complete guide to a South Korean Visa for Indians

    Yes. Indians need a visa to visit South Korea. The visas are organized as short-term (a stay of 30 days or less) or long-term visas and popular visas are for work, studying, or tourism. Since the Republic of Korea does not offer a visa-on-arrival for Indians, applying for a South Korean visa is required.¹ Types of South Korean visas

  24. South Korea announces new visa requirements for certain tourists

    Previously, remote workers travelling in Korea were limited to stays of up to 90 days. The requirements to be successful with the visa are quite finicky, with applicants aged 18 or older needing ...

  25. Travel to South Korea is easier than ever

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — To boost travel in the country, the tourist visa needed to enter South Korea has been waived for U.S. citizens until Dec. 31, 2024. The Korea Electronic Travel ...

  26. Passport Matters Public Site

    See Foreign Clearance Guide for South Korea Entry Requirements. Note: New requirement, Personal must apply for K-ETA prior to initiating country visa. All DoD-Civilians must have a valid visa or an approved Korea - Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) prior to entering the country. For further details see K_ETA information.

  27. South Korea Visa Requirements for Filipino Tourists in 2023

    Retirees Religious workers Korean's parents-in-law Korean's sister- or brother-in-law The said short-term visit visa allows you to stay in South Korea for up to 90 days. Generally, the Korean visa validity from the Philippines is three months from its issuance. That means that you have to enter Korea within three months of visa issuance.

  28. Travel to Korea from Malaysia: Your complete guide (2024)

    Most flights from Malaysia to Korea will go from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul, allowing for easy internal transfers in Korea by train or connecting flight. You can take a non-stop flight from KL to Incheon airport (ICN) with AirAsia, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airlines or Korean Air among others. Direct flights take from 6.5 hours to 6.75 hours usually.