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Notice Things to Note When Travelling to Korea

DATE
2023-10-12

Things to Note When Travelling to Korea


※ Frequently Asked Questions ☞click here


 Overview

 To enter Korea, please note that:

 (1) You are NOT required to be vaccinated.

 (2) You MUST have a K-ETA or Visa (exceptions apply, see below for details)

 (3) Q-code registration is no longer required.

 (4) You are NOT required to take any COVID-19 test.

 (5) There is NO quarantine imposed.


(1) Vaccination is NOT a requirement for entry into Korea.


(2) Foreigners entering Korea must have either K-ETA OR Visa

※ The Korean government has resumed several visa-free entry schemes for transfer passengers. Please refer to the attachment for details.

※ For visa-free entry scheme for Jeju Island, please click here.


 K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization)

 Who should apply for K-ETA: Nationals from countries that have visa-waiver or visa-free agreement with Korea and whose purpose of visit is tourism, business, discussions, conferences, short-term study with stay below 90 days...etc.


 ※ The Korea Government has announced a temporary K-ETA exemption for 22 countries/regions from 01 April 2023 to 31 December 2024. Click here to see if your country is exempted.


 ※ The Korea Government has further announced exemption of K-ETA for certain age groups. Click here to learn more.


 How to apply: You may apply for K-ETA at www.k-eta.go.kr(The Korean government did not designate any 3rd party agency or website for K-ETA applications)


 When to apply: At least one (1) month before departure to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. The Embassy has no control over the processing time of K-ETA applications.


 Who to contact for assistance:You may contact the K-ETA Centre at +82-2-2666-0463 or via the online enquiry form (click).


 Note: K-ETA applications are not assessed or approved by the Embassy in Singapore. Therefore, we would not be able to assist with checking application status or providing expedition for processing.

 Visa

 Who should apply for visa: Nationals who are not eligible for K-ETA, whose K-ETA application is denied or whose purpose of visit is not covered under K-ETA.


 How to apply: Most visa applications (i.e C-3 types) are to be submitted through appointed visa agents. Please click here for the list of visa types and refer to the individual visa checklist for the mode of submission.


 Note: If you have a multiple entry visa (C-3 type) in your current/old passport that has not expired, you may use it to enter Korea. Transfer of visa (click) is required if the valid multiple entry visa is in your old passport.

 [Exceptions]The following groups of individuals do not require K-ETA or visa:

 - Korean nationals

 - APEC card holders (excluding US and Canada)

 - Registered foreigners (i.e holders of Registration Card)

 - UN passport holders

 - Transit passengers who will not clear the immigration in Korea

 - (with effect from 09 Jan 2023) Diplomatic and Official passport holders of K-ETA required countries

 - (from 01 April 2023 to 31 December 2024) Nationals from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, US (including Guam).

 - (with effect from 03 July 2023) Nationals from K-ETA required countries aged 17 and below or aged 65 and above.


(3) Q-code registration is not required.


(4) No COVID-19 testing required for pre-departure and on-arrival.


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