! 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.
1. General Requirements for ALL Visa Application
① Valid passport(passport
must be valid for more than six months at the time of application submission)
② A copy of the biographic data page of the applicant's passport
③ Completed visa application form (download the appropriate form from the above attachments)
- General Visa Applicants must fill out VISA APPLICATION FORM
- Visa Issuance Confirmation Number (VICN)holders must fill out VISA ISSUANCE CONFIRMATION FORM
④ 1 passport photo (size 2" x 2", color) must be attached on the form (next to the section 1.1 , please use glue stick or scotch tape only)
⑤ Fee : U.S. Citizens $45(same amount for
the single or multiple entries)
- Non-U.S. citizens may pay diffrent amount based upon different visa agreements between the applicant's country
- General visa fees: $20 ~ $60(single entry), $90 or more (multiple entries)
Certain single entry visa fees are over $100 depends on the agreements
Not everyone is eligible to apply for a multiple entry visa
- No fees for A-1, A-2, A-3 visa applicants
⑥ Consent to Quarantine : click☜ to download forms.
⑦ Non-U.S. Citizens must provide a notarized copy of their U.S. permanent resident card or valid U.S. visa(tourist visas may not be acceptable)
⑧ Confirmed flight itineray, hotel reservation information, and most current bank statements maybe required (A1,A2, A3 visa applicants may not need to submit the bank statements)
⑨ Processing time: Normally takes up to 5 business days
When it requires additional supporting documents or needs further verification, the processing time may take more than a week
※ During the Pandemic, processing time may take up to 3 weeks or longer
⑩ Business Hours(Visa Section):
※ Please make a reservation online(Reservation Link) to visit us
※※ 9AM-12PM appointments are strongly recommended
⑪ For the
paper forms related to visa application, use the link below:
In Korean: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/DownLoadTemplPopupR_kr.pt
In English: http://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/DownLoadTemplPopupR_en.pt
⑫ Additional requirements for specific visa types, please see the list below
⑬ For list of the Countries Under Visa Exemption Agreements, more detailed information, visit
(※Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Visa Exemption Agreements are temporarily suspended until further notice.)
!!U.S. citizens are still able to visit Korea visa free under 90days visit while mandatory 14days quarantine is followed. All visitors must have a valid passport which is good for more than 6 months.!!
2. 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.
3. Submitting your visa application via mail is not currently allowed.
However, after submitting your visa application (in person) and, if you wish to have your passport with the visa mailed back to you, please bring a self-addressed and pre-paid Express Mail Envelope(with EMS stamp) provided by the U.S. Postal Service.
For your questions about stamps/envelope, please contact a local post office in your area.
4. Additional Required Documents for Visa Application