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[Entry Procedure]

  • 1. Entry Requirements

    A foreigner who plans to enter the Korea has to meet the entry requirements below:
    ● You must possess a valid passport.
    Immigration officials will reject your entry if you present him/her an expired passport.
    ● You must possess a valid visa.
    You must enter before the expiry date of your visa. Moreover, immigration officials may reject your entry if your Visa type does not match with your entry purpose.
    ※ You can enter without a visa, if you are:
    - A person who will enter Korea before the expiry date of re-entry permit or has been exempt from re-entry permit.
    - A citizen of a country that is exempt in accordance with the visa exemption agreement between his/her country and Korea
    - A person specially approved by the Presidential Decree who will enter Korea to contribute to international relations, national interests and the tourism industry of Korea.
    - A person who has been issued a refugee travel document and will enter Korea before the expiry date
    ● You must not have any grounds for entry restrictions in accordance with the Immigration Act.
  • 2. Type of Visa and period of validity

    A foreigner who plans to enter the Korea has to meet the entry requirements below:
    ● Single-entry Visa : You can enter once before the expiry date
    ● Double-entry Visa : You can enter twice before the expiry date (6 months)
    ● Multiple-entry Visa : You can enter unlimited times before the expiry date (1 year, 3 years, 5 years)
  • 3. Arrival Card

    A foreigner entering the Korea has to go through immigration at the port of entry. Please present your passport along with the completed arrival card (Form No.41-2) that states the purpose of your entry, location of residence, etc to immigration officials.



[Visa Free Entry Guide]

Visa is a fundamental requirement to enter the Republic of Korea, and in principle, foreigners must have a valid visa when they travel. However, those who fall under any of the following categories below are allowed to enter Korea without a visa. (Article 7(2) of the Immigration Act) Even if a foreigner has a valid visa or is subject to visa-free entry, he/she may be denied entry to the Republic of Korea if found inadmissible by an immigration officer at the port of entry.
  • 1. Visa Free Entry to Jeju Area

    Eligible Applicants
    People arriving at ports of entry in Jeju without a visa for travel and transit, excluding people from the following countries whose visa free entry is limited:
    Limited for no-visa entry in the Jeju area (24 countries)
    Ghana, Nigeria, Republic Of Kosovo, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine, Yemen , Egypt, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyz, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri lanka, Myanmar
    Period of Stay/ Permitted Areas of Travel / Range of Activities Allowed
    30 days / Jeju
    Condition of Permission
    You must use a direct international flight or ship to Jeju Island
  • 2. Entry by Designation

    Visa free countries are designated based on international conventions, principle of reciprocity and national interests. (49 countries as of 2015.07.01)
    In general, citizens of visa free countries are allowed to tour or visit Korea without a visa and to stay in the country for up to 30 days.
    In addition, citizens of Macau, the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Taiwan and Japan are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.
    Visa Free Entry by Diplomatic and Government Official Passport Holders
    Continent Countries and Regions
    Asia [2 countries] Indonesia, Lebanon
    Visa Free Entry by Diplomatic, Government Official, and Regular Passport Holders
    Continent Countries and Regions
    Asia
    [11 countries]
    Japan (90days), Hong Kong (90days), Macau (90days), Taiwan (90days), Brunei, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait (90days), Oman, U.A.E., Bahrain
    North America
    [2 countries]
    US (90days), Canada (6months)
    South America
    [5 countries]
    Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guyana
    Europe
    [11 countries]
    Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia (90days), Slovenia (90days), Vatican, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia (90days), Montenegro
    Oceania
    [13 countries]
    Australia (90days), Guam, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga
    Africa
    [5 countries]
    South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Egypt
  • 4. Chinese Youth Group on Field Trip

    Eligible applicants
    Elementary, middle, and high school students, field-trip chaperones (teachers), members of an organization or designated travel agencies related to the field trips
    Submission documents
    Confirmation from Consul and list of members of the youth school trip
  • 5. Tourists in transit to Third Countries

    Eligible Applicants
    Citizens of all countries except Cuba, Macedonia, Syria, Sudan, and Iran.
    Requirements
    Persons who hold a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as "four advanced countries”) and
    1) who go to one of the four advanced countries in transit through Korea; or
    2) who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take a direct flight from the country to Korea to go to a country of nationality or a third country.

    Please note:
    - If you are a U.S. visa holder who transits through Korea and Saipan to reach the U.S. as the final destination, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. (However, if you depart from the U.S. and enter Korea via Saipan, you are not granted no-visa entry to Korea.)
    - If you are a Chinese group tourist holding a group-tourist visa to Japan and meet certain requirements (e.g. using a travel agency that only attracts Chinese group tourists), you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa.
    - If you hold an e-visa to Australia and a visa label is attached to your passport, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. However, if the label is not on your passport, you are granted no-visa entry only when you depart from Australia and transit through Korea.
    Condition of Permission
    You have a flight ticket that is scheduled to depart from Korea within 30 days, and have never violated laws (e.g. overstay, etc.) after entering the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • 6. Visa Free Entry for foreign transfer passengers

    Eligible applicants
    ·Besides the passengers for transit mentioned above, those transferring through the Incheon Airport and taking part in the Transit Tourism Program on their way to a third country or the country of their nationality (hereinafter referred to as "general transfer passengers")
    * However, citizens of the 24 countries that need visas to enter Jeju island are not included (Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Palestine, Yemen, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt).
    ·Chinese group tourists who depart from China (Hongkong and Macao included) and enter Korea through the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Cheongju, Muan, *Yangyang, or Daegu airport to visit Jeju Island and stay in designated travel regions for up to 5 days (hereinafter referred to as "Jeju group transfer passenger").
    * When admitted through the Yangyang Airport, the entrants are allowed to stay for up to 10 days in the travel regions.
    Condition of Permission
    ·General Transfer Passengers: Possessing a transfer ticket and staying in the Seoul Capital Area for up to 72 hours
    ·Jeju Group Transfer Passengers: Your group is organized by a Korean travel agency participating in the Transit Tourism Program and a Chinese travel agency responsible applying for group tourist visas at Korean diplomatic missions in China, and you have a ticket for a domestic flight/ship to Jeju that is scheduled to depart within 5 days, or in the case of the Yangyang Airport, 10 days.
    Eligibility and Period for Stay
    ·General Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), 72 hours
    ·Jeju Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), 15 days
    Airport of Departure and Designated Travel Regions for Jeju Group Transfer Passengers
    Airport of Entry Airport of Departure Travel Regions
    Entrant at Incheon and Gimpo International Airport Incheon ·Gimpo ·Jeju·Yangyang International Airports Seoul Capital Area (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do), Gangwon-do
    Entrant at Gimhae International Airport Gimhae · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang-do, Seoul Capital Area
    Entrant at Yangyang International Airport Yangyang · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang-do, Seoul Capital Area
    Entrant at Cheongju International Airport Cheongju · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Gangwon-do, Seoul Capital Area
    Entrant at Muan International Airport Muan · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Daejeon, Sejong, Chungcheong-do, Seoul Capital Area
    Entrant at Daegu International Airport Daegu · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Gwangju, Jeolla-do, Seoul Capital Area
  • 7. Chinese Tourists in transit to Europe

    Eligible Applicants
    Chinese citizens who have an entry visa (including permanent residency) of one of the 30 Europe countries below, and have flight tickets to the final destination.
    Example) China → South Korea → Europe, Europe → South Korea → China
    Those who are deported to China from Europe and who travel around Europe in accordance with group tour agreements
    30 European Countries
    Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, England, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
    *Note: The information provided above is based on visa portal (www.visa.go.kr).
Last updated: October 2019
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