No-visa entry for Foreigners (Transit)
Applicable to all countries (except for the following 24 countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Republic of Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Yemen) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
* Passport holders of the above 24 countries are NOT eligible.
1. Persons holding a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc) to enter the U.S. (including Guam and Saipan), Canada, Australia or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as "the four advanced countries") .
1) who transit through Korea to go to one of the four advanced countries.
2) who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take either direct or transit flight from the country to Korea to go to a country of origin or a third country.
2. A person who has an entry visa for one of 30 European countries, and wishes to travel to 30 European countries through South Korea, or departs from one of 30 European countries, and wishes to travel one’s home country or the third country through South Korea.
30 European Countries
Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania,
Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland,
Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
1) A person MUST have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering Korea, in addition to having no record of criminal offence in the four countries mentioned above.
2) In the past 3 years, a person who has not been denied entry to Korea, who has not given deportation order from Korea and a person who has not been an illegal alien and a person who has not violated laws.
3) A person who stayed in transit country or stopover country within 3 days.
4) For e-Visa holders, visa must be attached to traveler’s passport and who is traveling from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand through South Korea are allowed to enter Korea without a visa.
i) 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.
ii) 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.
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