A foreigner who plans to enter the Korea has to meet the entry requirements as below:
※ You can enter without a visa, if you are:
A foreigner entering the Korea has to go through immigration at the port of entry. Please present your passport along with the completed arrival card (Form No.41-2) that states the purpose of your entry, location of residence, etc to immigration officials.
Nationals of those countries or regions with which Korea has signed a visa waiver agreement can enter Korea without a visa up to 30 or 90 days; the Republic of Korea signed the agreement with 107 countries as of 5 October 2018. Find Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements with Korea: website
|Laos, Malaysia, Mongol, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Singapore, Armenia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Iran, Israel, India, Japan, Georgia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Tajikistan, Kuwait, Thailand, Turkey, Turk-Menistan, U. A. E, Pakistan, Philippine, Jordan|
|Guatemala, Grenada, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, The Bahamas, Venezuela, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Saint Kitts –Nevis, Surinam, Heiti, Argentina, Antigua And Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Columbia, Trinidad Tobago, Panama, Paraguay, Peru|
|Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Moldova, Malta, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sweden, Swiss, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Estonia, The United Kingdom, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, The Czech, Republic, Croatia, Poland, Portugal, France, Finland, Hungary|
|New Zealand, Vanuatu|
|Gabon, Liberia, Lesotho, Morocco, Benin, Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Mozambique|
Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions. (5 October 2018. Currently, 48 countries)
Nationals of the following countries are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation
Exceptions: Canada is allowed up to 6 months, and United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, and Japan are allowed up to 90 days.
Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic, government official, and general passport holders
|Macao(90 days), Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan(90 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Kuwait(90 days), Bahrain|
|United States(90 days), Canada(6 months)|
|Guyana, Argentina, Ecuador(90),Paraguay, Honduras (5 countries)|
|Monaco, Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia(90), Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia(90)|
|Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga|
|South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Botswana|
Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic and government official passport holders (2 countries)
Applicable countries: Citizens from all countries not included in the Visa-Free tables above, excluding twelve countries, who travel directly to Jeju International Airport or Jeju International Passenger Terminal with the purpose of tourism.
* Excluded countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine
All visitors who enter Korea must submit a written baggage declaration to a customs officer upon entry. If a passenger declares non-duty free articles voluntarily, the declared amount will be accepted and the clearance procedure will be expedited, unless the declared price of articles is questionable. More information about customs allowances and currency regulation can be found at the website below.
www.customs.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish)
For items that are taxable, US $600 per capita from the total dutiable value shall be exempted from imposition of duty tax. Additional duty free exemptions are: 1 bottle of liquor (less than 1 liter, not over US $400), 1 carton of cigarettes (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco) and 2 ounces of perfume (about 60㎖). For amounts that exceed the duty exemption, duty on the amount over will be charged per capita. Also, the liquor and cigarette exemptions are only permitted for those over 19 years of age.
Visitors may obtain work visas in their home country with the endorsement of the employer in Korea. If the visitor is already in Korea, he/she must obtain the work visa from an embassy or consulate in a country outside Korea. Work visas are usually valid for 1 year from the date of issue and take about 2-4 weeks to process. Work visa extensions are possible if a visitor remains with the same employer. Visitors with work visas must obtain a residence permit from the Immigration Office. Visitors engaging in remunerative activities without a work visa can be subject to fines and deportation.
Visa application should be made at Korean embassies or consulates abroad.
It is required that visa applicants submit a passport, application forms, a recent passport-style color photograph, and such other documents as determined by the status of stay.
Visa fees are as follows:
* For Citizens of the United States of America, the multiple entry visa fee is USD45 on the basis of reciprocity since the mutual agreement in 1994.