For Canadian Citizens:
Canadian citizens are exempt from
obtaining visas for tourism, visiting, or business (without any employment
activities) for up to 6 months. Permission to stay is given at the time of entry. Admitted
individuals do not need to complete the Alien Registration process during their
stay. If Canadian citizens wish to engage in remunerative activities during
their stay in Korea, they must obtain a Korean visa.
* Those that fall in the following categories will be allowed to enter
Korea without a visa.
under Visa Waiver Agreements
Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long
as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to
engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a
Korean visa suitable for their purpose.
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under Visa Waiver Agreements with Korea
2. Designated visa-free entry
- Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national
profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry
permissions. (1 September 2018. Currently, 48 countries)
- Nationals of the following countries are allowed up to 30 days of
visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation
* Exceptions: Canada is
allowed up to 6 months, and United States, Australia, Hong
Kong, Slovenia, and Japan are allowed up to 90 days. Countries that are
granted visa-free entry for diplomatic, government official, and general
days), Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan, Hong Kong
(90 days), Kuwait(90 days), Bahrain(90 days) [10 countries]
States(90 days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]
Ecuador(90), Paraguay, Honduras [5 countries]
Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia(90),
Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia(90) [11 countries]
New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia(90
days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]
Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Botswana (5 Countries)
3. Transit tourists bound for another country
Applicable to all countries (save for Macedonia, Cuba,
Syria, Sudan and Iran, Republic of Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq,
Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
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
1) Who transit through Korea to go to one of the four
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 origin or a third country.
i) 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.
(1) A person who has a departure ticket to the countries above within 30 days
from South Korea, for who has not been an illegal alien and non endorsable
(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.
· 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.
※ Japanese individual visa holders are
excluded as of 1 May, 2016
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 five countries mentioned above.
5. Europe bound Chinese transit tourists
Chinese citizens with an entry visa (including permanent residency visa)
for 1 of the 30 nations listed below and connecting flight tickets to the final
Example) China -> Korea -> Europe, Europe -> Korea -> China
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
Not applicable to the following:
- Those being forcefully relocated back to China from Europe
- Those traveling through Europe as a part of a group tour
6. Japanese tourists/travelers
An agreement was made between Korean and Japanese governments on March
1st, 2006 in the interest of reciprocity and encouraging individual
interchanges between Korea and Japan.
Based on this agreement, nationals of
both countries whose purpose of travel is short term visit or tourism are
granted visa exemption, so long as the following conditions are met.
Duration of stay: Up to 90 days
Purpose: Tourism, business, attendance of a conference, private visit
(relatives, friends, etc), or any such non-profit activities.
7. Special Entry arrangements for the Jeju island
Nationals of all countries not allowed visa-free entry into Korea (save for the
exceptions listed below) that enter via Jeju airport for tourism or transit.
Special entry arrangements for Jeju island is denied to nationals of the
following 24 countries. -Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Kosovo, Cuba, Syria, Macedonia,
Palestine, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen, Cameroon, Somalia, Gambia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Egypt and Kyrgyz
Duration of stay: Up to 30 days
Permitted area / range: Jeju island
Conditions of entry: Those that arrive directly into Jeju island by
flights or ships.
8. Re-entry permit holders
Registered foreigners with re-entry permit that enter Korea within the
given re-entry date are allowed to enter without a visa.
Registered foreigners who are nationals of countries that are exempt from
re-entry permit (listed below) may enter without a visa as long as it is within
their initial period of sojourn.
- France, Suriname, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Sweden,
Denmark, Norway, Finland, Liechtenstein, and Germany
9. Holders of Passport issued by recognized international organizations
A staff of the United Nations or special organization who have a travel
LAISSEZ-PASSER issued by
U.N. office is allowed to enter Korea without a visa and is granted to stay for
10. APEC Business Travel Card
In order to facilitate smooth economic operations of economists, visa-free
entry is permitted to those that meet the following conditions
Eligible countries (16 countries as of January, 2006): Australia, France,
Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan,
Thailand, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Papua New Guinea.
Eligibility: APEC Business Travel Card holders are given Short Term
Business (C-2) visa status, and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.