K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)
K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free foreign visitors need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea, by submitting relevant information online such as their travel information.
Purpose of travel should be tourism, visiting a family member, participating in events or meetings, or commercial business (excluding pursuit of profit).
Starting 1st September 2021, K-ETA is Mandatory for all foreigners entering Korea from visa waiver countries and visa-free countries. (Ireland included) All foreigners without either a K-ETA or a valid Visa will not be permitted to board a plane to Korea. (You do not need a K-ETA if you have a valid visa. Also, you do not need a visa if you have a valid K-ETA.)
※Please note that the official K-ETA website is k-eta.go.kr. Please beware of non-official websites.
List of Available Countries from November 1st 2022 : 112 countries (Ireland is included)
□ 50 Eligible Countries(Regions) for K-ETA
Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guam, Guyana, Holy See, Ireland,
Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Saint Kitts-Nevis,
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Slovenia, United Kingdom,
United States of America, Venezuela, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany,
Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sweden,
Spain, Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Singapore
□ 46 Countries(Regions) added as of April 1, 2022
Malaysia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Israel, Kazakhstan, Qatar,
Thailand, Turkey, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador, Russia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Australia, Republic of South Africa, Lesotho, Morocco, Mauritius, Botswana, Seychelles, Eswatini, Tunisia
□ 6 Countries(Regions) added as of May 1, 2022
Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, Peru, New Zealand,
□ 1 Country(Region) added as of June 1, 2022
□ 1 Country(Region) added as of July 1, 2022
□ 3 Countries(Regions) temporarily added from August 4 to October 31, 2022
Japan, Taiwan, Macau
□ 8 Countries(Regions) added as of November 1, 2022
Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tonga
Items to prepare
- valid passport, credit card(for fee payment), email address, recent profile photo
Check the result
- You can check the result within 72 hours of application either via email or on the website.
(Due to the increased number of K-ETA applicants, the process is currently taking more than 72 hours)
Period of validity
- The period of validity is 2 years from the date of authorization.
(Validity period will be expanded to 3 years from K-ETA applied from July 3, 2023)
- The fee is 10,000 KRW (approximately $9-10, Additional fee excluded).
- Please note that the information entered cannot be modified once the application is submitted. You must re-apply for K-ETA even if your current K-ETA is still valid, in case you entered incorrect information or the information you entered changed, such as your name, sex, date of birth, nationality, passport information (passport number or expiration date), criminal history, and infectious disease information.
Exempt from arrival card
- Those who have the authorized K-ETA are exempted from filling out the arrival card upon arrival.
Information and Inquiry
- K-ETA is NOT a visa. K-ETA approval does not guarantee admission of the Republic of Korea; a Korea Immigration Service officer at the port of entry will have the final determiniation. -Since K-ETA center is not in charge of Quarantine, please contact the department in charge for detailed information on the quarantine requirements. (☏1339)
- Visit the official K-ETA website at www.k-eta.go.kr for more details.
- For questions, use ‘Ask Us’ on the website (Available in Korean, English, Russian, and Thai). The Embassy and K-ETA organization are different entities, and therefore the Embassy can not answer to queries.
- Korean Postal Code search: https://www.epost.go.kr/roadAreaCdEng.retrieveRdEngAreaCdList.comm
Non-official Websites for K-ETA Application
- Recently, non-official K-ETA application websites were found to be charging more than the official fee. One website's price for the K-ETA application was even 20 times more than the official fee.
- K-ETA can only be applied from the K-ETA official website(www.k-eta.go.kr) and mobile app(K-ETA). The Government of the Republic of Korea has not designated any application agencies for K-ETA.
- The K-ETA fee is 10,000KRW (approx 9euros. additional fee excluded) and does not charge any extra fees.
- If you have any questions on the K-ETA application procedure, pelase visit the K-ETA official website (www.k-eta.go.kr) - Notice - Questions (available in English, Russian, and Thai).
- Please be extra cautious to avoid any financial damages or frauds due to non-official application agencies.