! Starting 12/21/2020 all applicants must pre-book an appointment online(Consul 24 ☜click) before they can come in to drop off the application packet in person.
!! Online reservation (DC, VA, MD, WV residents only) Please select “Embassy of Korea in the US” for the selection of the jurisdiction location for your consular service needs.
!!! Appointments can be booked at the following time slots: 9AM-12PM or 3PM-5PM
(Visa applicants are strongly encouraged to book between 9AM-12PM. Afternoon appointments may cause further delays in visa processing.)
□ General Visa Information
Welcome to the Visa Service Section of Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA.
** On November 17, 2008, the Republic of Korea joined the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As a result, on reciprocity, U.S. citizens can visit the Republic of Korea without a visa for duration of up to 90 days or less if the purpose of the trip is for tourism, business meeting, attendance at a conference or visiting families or relatives. (Extension of stay is not permitted)
A U.S. citizen, who is not qualified with VWP or not eligible to enter to Korea without a visa, is kindly requested to apply for an appropriate entry visa.
A U.S. citizen, who wishes to work, or to engage in profit making activities, is kindly requested to apply for an appropriate entry visa.
For U.S. citizens(only who was Korean or either of your parents/gradparents was Korean), a five year valid multiple entry F-4 Visa is issued. This visa holder can stay up to 2years each time he/she visits the Republic of Korea until their visas expire.
If you are not a resident of one of the states(Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia), please contact directly other Jurisdiction Korean Consular Office in your area.
For list of the Countries Under Visa Exemption Agreements, more detailed information, visit
** Do not require a visa but must apply for K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization).
Please refer to the K-ETA -> www.k-eta.go.kr
□ Important Notice:
A person with multiple nationalities who has both Korean nationality and foreign nationality is considered a Korean national, not a foreigner in Korea. The applicant’s visa hereby could be cancelled if he/she is proved to be a Korean national and not be a foreigner anymore even though the visa has been issued from the Korean government. Korean government may ask you to submit additional documents related to you and your parents’ nationality when you apply for a visa to check it.
** Please note that there can be additional documents required by the Consulate after the Consulate reviews your application. Any inconsistencies or false information within the submitted documents may result in visa denial.