- Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Korea are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa.
- However, many are permitted visa-free entry for a limited time under certain conditions. They Include:
- Citizens of the countries under Visa Exemption Agreement :Countries Under Visa Waiver Agreements
- Citizens of the countries and regions under the Principles of Reciprocity and National Interest
For U.S. Citizens
- Beginning November 2008, the U.S. citizens are allowed to travel to Korea without obtaining a visa, for stays of 90 days for tourism, pleasure, short-term business meetings, and family visiting purposes, by Principle of Reciprocity and National Interest. Extension of stay is not allowed on visa-free entry.
- Please be advised that not all activities are permitted with visa-free entry. If you have different purpose of visit such as study, employment, or any other profit making activities, please apply for an appropriate visa.
Transit Tourists Bound for Another Country
- Eligible countries : Applicable to all countries (save for Macedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
- Applicable to.. :
- Those with a visa (excluding Japanses Group Visa) or a re-entry permit for U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (5 countries) and traveling to any one of those countries through Korea.
- Those traveling from any one of the five countries mentioned above, whose final destination is not Korea.
- However, please note that the first bullet points are not applicable to those travelling to/from Guam and Saipan, which are unincorporated territories of the United States.
- Requirements : 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.
※ For more information about the Visa Application Fee and the Visa Fee Exemptions, please refer to the "Visa Fee" and the "Visa Fee Exemption" parts on the "Visa Issuance" menu, under "Consular/Visa Services."