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Introduction

Foreign nationals entering Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa assigned by overseas branch of Korean embassy or consular offices. However, many are now permitted visa-free for a limited period under certain conditions following the "Citizens of the Countries under the Visa Exemption Agreement" [See Tables 1]. In order to check whether you're allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact the Korean immigration offices or visit the following websites to confirm.

* Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/main/index.jsp (Korean, English)
* Korea Immigration Service
www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM80/index.do (Korean, English)
* Hi Korea (e-government for foreigners)
www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Specimen of entry visa to Korea

* For more information about countries, regions under visa exemption agreement, please click here to check the latest information. (English)

[Table 1] Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to Korea

* Allowed to stay in Korea for 30 days only (unless otherwise specified below) for the purposes of tourism and visitation only.

Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to Korea
Countries
Asia Japan (90 Days), Hong Kong (90 Days), Macao (90 Days), Taiwan (90 Days), Kuwait(90 Days), Brunei, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain (90 Days)
North America United States (90 Days), Canada (6 Months)
South America Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Uruguay, Ecuador, Guyana
Europe Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia (90 Days), Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro
Oceania Australia (90 Days), Guam, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga
Africa Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Egypt

♣ Visa-Free Entry to Jeju Island

  • * Applicable countries
  • - With the exception of the countries listed below that are not eligible for visa-free entry, most foreign nationals arriving at Jeju International Airport or passenger terminals for the purpose of tourism or transfer are eligible for visa-free entry.
  • * Countries NOT eligible for visa-free entry to Jeju (11 countries)
  • - Ghana, Nigeria, Libya, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine
  • * Period: 30 Days
  • * Allowed region and range of activity: Jeju Island
  • * Conditions: Those eligible must take planes or ferries with direct routes to Jeju Island.

<Last updated on August 4, 2015>




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