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  • Countries under visa waiver agreements
  • Designated visa-free entry
  • Transit tourists bound for another country
  • Europe bound Chinese transit tourists
  • No-visa Entry for foreigners in Transit
  • Japanese tourists / travelers
  • Special Entry arrangements for the Jeju island
  • Re-entry Permit holders
  • Holders of Passport issued by recognized international organizations(LAISSEZ-PASSER)
  • APEC Business Travel Card(ABTC) holders
  • Notice on Frequent Visitors Policy
Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements
  • Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a Korean visa suitable for their purpose.

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Designated visa-free entry
  • Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions. (1 March 2017. 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
Continent Countries/ regions
Asia Macao(90 days), Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan(90 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Kuwait(90 days), Bahrain[10 countries]
North America United States(90 days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]
South America Guyana, Argentina, Ecuador(90),Paraguay, Honduras [5 countries]
Europe Monaco, Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia(90), Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia(90) [11 countries]
Oceania Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]
Africa South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Egypt (5 Countries)
  • Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic and government official passport holders (2 countries)
Continent Countries
Asia Indonesia, Lebanon
Transit tourists bound for another country
Eligible countries
  • Applicable to all countries (save forMacedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
Applicable to…
  • Persons holding a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the U.S. (including Guam and Saipan), Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as "the four advanced countries")
    1) who transit through Korea to go to one of the four advanced countries.
    2) who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take a direct flight from the country to Korea to go to a country of origin or a third country.
    i) A person who has an entry visa for one of 30 European countries, and wishes to travel to 30 European countries through South Korea, or departs from one of 30 European countries, and wishes to travel one’s home country or the third country through South Korea.
    Eligibility
    (1)A person who has a departure ticket to the countries above within 30 days from South Korea, for who has not been an illegal alien and non endorsable offences.
    (2) In the past 3 years, a person who has not been denied entry to Korea, who has not given deportation order from Korea and a person who has not been an illegal alien and a person who has not violated laws.
    (3) A person who stayed in transit country or stopover country within 3 days.
    (4) For e Visa holders, visa must be attached to traveler’s passport and who is traveling from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand through South Korea are allowed to enter Korea without a visa.
  • If you are a Chinese group tourist holding a group-tourist visa to Japan and meet certain requirements (e.g. using a travel agency that only attracts Chinese group tourists), you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa.
  • If you hold an e-visa to Australia and a visa label is attached to your passport, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. However, if the label is not on your passport, you are granted no-visa entry only when you depart from Australia and transit through Korea.
※ Japanese individual visa holders are excluded as of 1 May, 2016
Requirements
  • Must have a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering Korea, in addition to having no record of criminal offence in the five countries mentioned above.
Europe bound Chinese transit tourists
Eligible foreigners
  • Chinese citizens with an entry visa (including permanent residency visa) for 1 of the 30 nations listed below and connecting flight tickets to the final destination.
    Example) China -> Korea -> Europe, Europe -> Korea -> China
30 European countries
      Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
    ※ Not applicable to the following:
  • Those being forcefully relocated back to China from Europe
  • Those traveling through Europe as a part of a group tour
No-visa Entry for Foreign Transfer Passengers
Eligible Applicants
  • (General Transfer Passenger)
    In addition to existing eligible persons for the no-visa entry for transfer tourists bound for a third country, a foreigner who transfers at Incheon International Airport to their home country or a third country, and those who participates in the Transit Tourism Program (hereinafter referred to as ‘General Transfer Passenger’)
    ※However, nationals of 11 countries with visa requirements for Jeju Island are not included. (Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine)
    Condition for Admission Must possess a transfer ticket and stay in the metropolitan area within 72 hours
    Eligibility and Period of Stay Tourist/Transit (B-2), 72 hours (Metropolitan Area, within 3 days)

  • (Chinese Group Tourists holding a Japanese Group Visa)
    Chinese group tourists holding a Japanese Group Visa, transferring through Korea, and are arriving from China bound for Japan, or arriving from Japan bound for China
    Condition for Admission Must possess a transfer ticket and stay in Korea within 15 days
    * List of the tourists must be submitted 24 hours in advance, must have a transfer ticket within 15 day of departure.
    Eligibility and Period of Stay Tourist/Transit (B-2), 15 days

  • (Jeju Transfer Group Passengers)
    Chinese group tourists arriving from China (including Hong Kong and Macao), admitted at the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Cheongju, Yangyang, Muan, or Daegu International Airport are allowed to stay for up to 5 days (Yangyang International Airport allowed to stay for up to 10 days) and are intending to travel to JejuIsland
    Condition for Admission Must participate in the transit tour programs operated by the appointed travel agenciesand hold a confirmed ticket (flight or ferry/boat) for Jeju within 5 days (Yangyang airport: 10 days)
    Eligibility and Period of Stay Tourist/Transit (B-2), 15 days
    ※ Allowed to stay for up to 5 days (Yangyang, 10 days) within the possible travel regions on the condition that the passengers intend to travel to Jeju Island and also agree on the operation of Transit Tour Guides
Regarding Jeju Transfer Group Passengers
    Airport of Entry Possible Airports for Departure Possible Travel Regions
    Incheon Int’l Airport Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju Metropolitan area (Seoul, Incheon,Gyeonggi, Gangwon Province)
    Gimpo Int’l Airport
    Gimhae Int’l Airport Gimhae, Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang Province, Metropolitan area
    Daegu Int’l Airport Daegu, Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju
    YangyangInt’l Airport Yangyang, Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju Gangwon Province, Metropolitan area
    CheongjuInt’l Airport Cheongju, Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju Daejoen, Sejong, Chungcheong Province, Metropolitan area
    MuanInt’l Airport Muan, Incheon, Gimpo, Jeju Gwangju, Jeonlla Province,Metropolitan area
Japanese tourists/travelers
  • An agreement was made between Korean and Japanese governments on March 1st, 2006 in the interest of reciprocity and encouraging individual interchanges between Korea and Japan. Based on this agreement, nationals of both countries whose purpose of travel is short term visit or tourism are granted visa exemption, so long as the following conditions are met.
  • Duration of stay: Up to 90 days
  • Purpose:
    - Tourism, business, attendance of a conference, private visit (relatives, friends, etc), or any such non-profit activities.
Special Entry arrangements for the Jeju island
  • Eligible foreigners
    - Nationals of all countries not allowed visa-free entry into Korea (save for the exceptions listed below) that enters via Jeju airport for tourism or transit.
  • Special entry arrangements for Jeju island is denied to nationals of the following 11 countries.
    -Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, Syria, Macedonia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Ghana
  • Duration of stay: Up to 30 days
  • Permitted area / range: Jeju island
  • Conditions of entry:
    - Those that arrive directly into Jeju island by flights or ships.
Re-entry permit holders
  • Registered foreigners with re-entry permit that enters Korea within the given re-entry date are allowed to enter without a visa.
  • Registered foreigners who are nationals of countries that are exempt from re-entry permit (listed below) may enter without a visa as long as it is within their initial period of sojourn.
    - France, Suriname, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Liechtenstein, and Germany
Holders of Passport issued by recognized international organizations
  • A staff of the United Nations or special organization who have a travel document, namely, LAISSEZ-PASSER issued by U.N. office is allowed to enter Korea without a visa and is granted to stay for 30 days.
APEC Business Travel Card(ABTC)
  • In order to facilitate smooth economic operations of economists, visa-free entry is permitted to those that meet the following conditions.
  • Eligible countries (18 countries as of October, 2009)
    - Korea, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Mexico.
  • Eligibility
    - APEC Business Travel Card holders are given Short Term Business (C-2) visa status, and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.
Notice on Frequent Visitors Policy
The Frequent Visitors Policy will be revised as follows:
  • Application
    - Visit Diplomatic Mission (Need to submit the application form)
  • Eligibility
    - Nationals of countries (except for China, Cuba, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Syria) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea, and have made more than 4 visits to Korea in the past 2 years, or more than 10 visits overall (must have 1 record of entry within the last 2 years)
    - Those who have not been fined more than 5 million KRW or received exit or deportation order in the past 3 years immediately preceding the date of application for overstaying or violating other National Law
  • Visa Issuance
    - Visa Type/ Duration of Stay: Short-Term General (C-3-1), 30 days, 5 year multiple-visa
    - Fee: Free of charge
  • Ineligible Countries : China, Cuba, Macedonia, Kosovo, Syria
  • Enforcement Date : 1 March 2017
※ Foreigners who wish to enter the Republic of Korea under the Frequent Visitors Policy are required to visit a Diplomatic Mission and apply for the visa.
< posted : 04/08, 2016 >

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