For Canadian Citizens:
Canadian citizens are exempt from obtaining visas for tourism, visiting, or business (without any employment activities) 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.
Countries under visa waiver agreements
- Designated visa-free entry
- Frequent visitors
- Transit tourists bound for another country
- Europe bound Chinese transit tourists
- Japanese tourists / travelers
- Special Entry arrangements for the Jeju island
- Re-entry Permit holders
- Holders of passport issued by recognized international organizations (LAISSEZ-PASSER)
- APEC Business Travel Card holders
1. Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements
2. Designated Visa-free Entry
Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions.
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 the 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 passport holders (by continent):
- Asia : Macau(90 days), Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan, Hong Kong (90 days), Kuwait, BAHRAIN(90 days) [12 countries]
- North America : United States(90 days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]
- South America : Guyana, Guatemala, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay [6 countries]
- Europe : Monaco, Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia [11 countries]
- Oceania : Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]
- Africa : South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Egypt (5 Countries)
3. Frequent visitors
Applicable to all countries (except for China, Cuba, and Macedonia) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
Those who made more than 4 visits to Korea in the past two years, or more than 10 visits overall may enter Korea without a Korean visa as long as they have no Immigration offence or other criminal records. Chinese nationals meeting the above requirements will be issued appropriate visas as per discretion of the Head of the local foreign office.
4. Transit tourists bound for another country
Applicable to all countries (except for Cuba, Macedonia, Syria, Sudan and Iran) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
Applicable to those with a visa* or re-entry permit for any of the following 5 countries: U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. *except those who hold Group travel visa to Japan
Those traveling FROM or TO any one of the five countries mentioned above, whose final destination is not Korea.
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 destination.
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 the 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 a short term visit or tourism are granted visa exemption, so long as the following conditions are met:
Duration of stay: up to 90 days
- 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 are denied to nationals of the following 11 countries:
-Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ghana
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 a 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 a 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
Staff of the United Nations or special organizations who have a travel document, namely, LAISSEZ-PASSER issued by a U.N. office are allowed to enter Korea without a visa and are granted stay for up to 30 days.
10. APEC Business Travel Card
In order to facilitate smooth business operations for 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.
- APEC Business Travel Card holders are given Short Term Business (C-2) visa status, and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.