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K-ETA Information

Important notice for VISA FREE entry countries

Following the implementation of K-ETA from September 1, 2021, nationals of 112 countries/regions eligible for visa-free entry, now need to obtain K-ETA approval in advance to board a flight or ship bound for the Republic of Korea. K-ETA authorization is generally valid for multiple trips over a period of two years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The application fee is 10,300 KRW per person as of September 1, 2024.

Notice on Temporary Exemption of K-ETA

K-ETA will be temporarily exempted to the 22 countries/regions listed below starting from April 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024, as part of a plan to support the revitalization of the tourism industry in relation to commemorating the Visit Korea Year 2023 - 2024.

Asia(5) Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan
Americas (2) Canada, USA (including Guam)
Europe (13) Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK
Oceania (2) Australia, New Zealand

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Visa Information

As of April 13, 2020, the following measures have been implemented to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The visa and immigration regulations below will remain valid until further notice.

  • 1All valid short-term visas (single and multiple, visa type: C-1 and C-3) that were issued on or before April 5, 2020 will be temporarily suspended.*

    This will not apply to long-term visas (visa type: A, D, E, F,G, H) and short-term employment visa (visa type: C-4)

  • 2Visa-free entry and visa-waiver programs will be temporarily suspended for nationals of countries imposing entry bans on Koreans.*

    This will not apply to holders of diplomatic, official passports, inbound flight (ship) crew members, and ABTC (APEC Business Travel Card) card holders.

  • 3All ROK’s diplomatic missions will enhance the screening of new visa applications.*

    Applications will be required to submit documents such as a medical certificate issued within 48 hours before visa application and an agreement to quarantine.
    * Suspension of entry from dangerous regions of China (as of February 4, 2020) and visa-free entry of Japanese nationals (as of March 9, 2020) still in effect.
    * Information courtesy of Ministry of Justice

Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Korean Embassy or consular offices in their country. However, citizens from many countries are now permitted visa-free entry for a limited period under certain conditions. In order to check whether you are allowed to enter Korea without a visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean Embassy or consular offices in your country or visit the following websites to confirm.

Visa Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Korean, English)


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