Visa Requirements for South Korea

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Visa Not Required

Passport holders of 59 countries can travel to South Korea without prior visa, eVisa, or on-arrival visa.

eVisa

Passport holders for 81 countries can obtain an electronic visa / authorization prior to arrival to travel to South Korea.

  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysBelgian citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa30 days
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    eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
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    eVisa30 days
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    eVisa30 days
  • eVisa30 daysBruneian citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysBulgarian citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for two years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa6 monthsThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
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    eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysCypriot citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for two years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
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    eVisa90 daysCzech citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .Danish citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
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    eVisa30 days
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    eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .Danish citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .Danish citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysGrenadian citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for two years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa30 daysRemarks updated .The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .HKSAR passport has right to get E-ETA free till 2024.
    Chinese citizens of Hong Kong can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .Japanese citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It's illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    All visitors are fingerprinted. From September 2021, travelers require the Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA). The validity period is 3 years from the date of approval.
    The government of the Republic of Korea announced that from April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024, a K-ETA is not required for 27 countries' citizens visiting Korea for 90 days or less for business or tourism.
  • eVisa30 daysRemarks updated .A maximum total stay of 60 days within any 180-day period.
    The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysMalaysian citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa3 monthsThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysMoroccan citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa60 daysA maximum total stay of 90 days within any 180-day period.
    The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 days
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    eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .The validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysTaiwanese citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though you should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. You must also have an onward or return ticket. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    You must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free. You can complete your K-ETA application up to 24 hours before boarding your flight and it will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
    Taiwanese passport has right to get E-ETA free till 2024.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa30 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
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    eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.
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    eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .British citizens can enter South Korea as a short term visit (e.g., tours, visiting relatives or friends, attending simple meetings) up to 90 days without a visa, though they should remain aware of the quarantine requirements. An onward or return ticket is mandatory. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa, whether as a teacher or in any other capacity.
    One must be in possession of a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea visa-free, which can be completed up to 24 hours before boarding a flight, and is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. There is a small, non-refundable charge.
  • eVisa90 daysRemarks updated .All visitors are fingerprinted. From September 2021, travelers require the Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA). The validity period is 3 years from the date of approval.
  • eVisa90 daysThe validity period of a K-ETA is 3 years from the date of approval.

Pre-arranged Visa Required

Prior to arrival at South Korea, passport holders of 88 countries must obtain a visa at their corresponding consulate of South Korea. Additional travel conditions (such as Visas to other countries) may waive this requirement.

  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-Free access to Jeju Island for 30 days.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredVisa-free access to Jeju Island for 30 days.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free 30 days for Jeju Island.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Bangladeshi national who holds a visa, re-entry permit or permanent residency to enter the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia or New Zealand can enter South Korea without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days, if their purpose of visit is transit.
    No visa required for diplomatic and official passport holders.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required30 days visa on arrival if arriving by Jeju
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
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    Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredK-ETA is required.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredVisa-free Access to Jeju Island for 30 days.
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  • Visa Required
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    Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredIn the following cases, Chinese nationals can enter Korea without a visa.
    Visa is not required for direct or transit visitors to Jeju Island up to 30 days.
    Transit to or from third countries such as the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.
    Chinese group tourists departing from China (including Hong Kong and Macau) to Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Cheongju, Muan, Daegu, and Yangyang International Airport in South Korea, travel within 5 days (10 days at Yangyang Airport) and then transfer to domestic flights in Korea Flight to Jeju Island.
    Chinese group tourists departing from China via South Korea to Japan with a Japanese group tourist visa, and Chinese group tourists departing from Japan via South Korea to China or a third country.
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    Visa Required
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    Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
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    Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredPassengers traveling as tourist to Jeju (CJU) are visa exempt for a maximum stay of 30 days. They must hold confirmed tickets and other documents for their next destination.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredVisa-free access to Jeju Island for 30 days.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
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    Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Tourist / Transit visa for 30 days may be granted to permanent residents or valid visa holders of US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Schengen countries when they are travelling from or travelling to any of these countries and satisfy the conditions mentioned here https://overseas.mofa.go.kr/in-en/brd/m_20446/view.do?seq=748786&page=1.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa not required for a maximum stay of 30 days if:
    holding a visa issued by Australia, Canada, USA or New Zealand and only if in transit from or to those countries via South Korea.
    arriving and departing from Jeju (CJU) for tourism purpose.
    having previously entered Korea at least 4 times within the last 2 years or at least 10 visits in total.
    Group tourists from Indonesia can travel visa-free through Yangyang International Airport until May 2024.
    Group tourists can only travel to the Gangwon-do region and the metropolitan area of South Korea, and the maximum stay is 15 days.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .visa not required for diplomatic Passport 90 days
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  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredLaotian citizens may visit Jeju Island for stays up to 30 days without obtaining a visa.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Printed visa authorization and an Electronic Visa Issuance Confirmation issued by the Ministry of Justice must be presented at the time of travel.
    Visa not required if arriving at and departing from Jeju (CJU) Airport.
    Visa not required for passengers who have previously entered Korea (Rep.) at least 4 times within the last 2 years or at least 10 visits in total.
    Visa Exemption for 30 days for those who are in transit through South Korea, provided they present a physical visa or a residence permit issued by the following countries and are arriving at South Korea from one of these countries and continuing to a third country, or arriving from a third country and continuing to one of these countries.
     Australia1
     Canada
     European Union
     New Zealand
     United States
    1 - Holders of e-Visas or e-resident permits are only permitted visa-free entry if they depart from Australia.

    All visitors are fingerprinted upon entry.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa RequiredNon-visa-exempt nationals who are in transit through South Korea are visa-exempt for 30 days, provided holding a physical visa or a residence permit issued by the following countries and are arriving at South Korea from one of these countries and continuing to a third country, or arriving from a third country and continuing to one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
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  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredNon-visa-exempt nationals who are in transit through South Korea are visa-exempt for 30 days, provided holding a physical visa or a residence permit issued by the following countries and are arriving at South Korea from one of these countries and continuing to a third country, or arriving from a third country and continuing to one of these countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa free transit (up to 30 days) provided holding a valid U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand visa, and arriving from or departing to those countries.
    Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
    Group tourists from Mongolia can travel visa-free through Yangyang International Airport until May 2024.
    Group tourists can only travel to the Gangwon-do region and the metropolitan area of South Korea, and the maximum stay is 15 days.
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  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredMultiple-Entry Visa may be granted to Palestinians who entered South Korea 4 or more times within the last 2 years, or 10 or more visits in total (one of those 10 visits should be within the last 2 years).
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    Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa free transit (up to 30 days) provided holding a valid U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand visa, and arriving from or departing to those countries.
    Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
    Group tourists from the Philippines can travel visa-free through Yangyang International Airport until May 2024.
    Group tourists can only travel to the Gangwon-do region and the metropolitan area of South Korea, and the maximum stay is 15 days.
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  • Visa RequiredVisa-free transit through Incheon airport.
    Visa-free travel to Jeju for 7 days if visitor has previously travelled to South Korea or holds a residency permit from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
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    Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa Required
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  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa RequiredVisa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .30 days visa-free on Jeju Island.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required
  • Visa RequiredRemarks updated .Visa free transit (up to 30 days) provided holding a valid U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand visa, and arriving from or departing to those countries.
    Visa-free access for 30 days to Jeju Island.
    Group tourists from the Vietnamese can travel visa-free through Yangyang International Airport until May 2024.
    Group tourists can only travel to the Gangwon-do region and the metropolitan area of South Korea, and the maximum stay is 15 days.
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Required

Special Conditions

Special conditions are imposed to passport holders of 1 country in order to travel to South Korea. These special requirements are often more time-consuming and may not be granted to every traveler.

  • Special RequirementsNationals of either Koreas seeking to visit the other must submit the North/South Korea visitation verification certificate and the Departure card to the Immigration Officer at the immigration port and go through immigration inspection.

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