- Countries under visa waiver agreements
- Designated visa-free entry
- Frequent visitors
- 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
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.
- 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, Arab Emirates, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan, Hong Kong (90 days), Kuwait, Bahrain[11 countries]|
||United States(90 days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]|
||Guyana, Guatemala,Argentina, Ecuador,Uruguay, Paraguay [6 countries]|
||Monaco, Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia [11 countries]|
||Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]|
||South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Egypt (5 Countries)|
- Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic and government official passport holders (2 countries)
- Applicable to all countries (save for China, Cuba, and Macedonia) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
- Those who made more than 4 visits to Korea in the past two years, or more than 10 visits overall may enter Korea without a Korean visa as long as they have no Immigration offence or other criminal records.
※ Chinese nationals meeting the above requirements will be issued appropriate visas as per discretion of the Head of the local foreign office.
Transit tourists bound for another country
- Applicable to all countries (save forMacedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea.
- Persons holding a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the U.S. (including Guam), Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as "the five advanced countries")
1) who transit through Korea to go to one of the five advanced countries.
2) who stay in one of the five advanced countries and take a direct flight from the country to Korea to go to a country of origin or a third country.
- If you are a U.S. visa holder who transit through Korea and Saipan to reach the U.S. as the final destination,
you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa.
(However, if you depart from the U.S. and enter Korea via Saipan, you are not granted no-visa entry to Korea.)
- 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.
- 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
- 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
Visa-free Entry for Foreign Transfer Passengers
- Besides the passengers for transit mentioned above, those taking in the Transit Tourism Program and transit through Korea on their way to a third country or the country of their nationality. (hereinafter referred to as "general transfer passengers").
※ However, citizens of the 11 countries that need visas to enter the Jeju island are not included (e.g. Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine)
- Japanese Group Visa holders taking part in the Transit Tourism Program (hereinafter referred to as "general transfer passengers").
- Chinese group tourists who were admitted at the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Yangyang, Cheongju, Daegu or Muan airport and who want to stay in specific areas of Jeju for 120 hours (hereinafter referred to as "Jeju group transfer passenger").
Condition of Permission
- General Transfer Passengers: Possessing a transfer ticket and staying in the metropolitan area for up to 72 hours
- Jeju Group Transfer Passengers: Your group is organized by the Korean travel agency and Chinese travel agency (approved by the Korean diplomatic missions in China), and you have tickets for domestic flight to Jeju or others that are scheduled to depart within 120 hours.
Eligibility and Period of Stay
- General Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), within 72 hours
- Jeju Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), 15 days
※ Jeju Transfer Passengers are allowed to stay only in specific regions of Jeju Island for up to 120 hours.
※ Jeju Transfer passenger agree on the operation of the flight transfer helper.
Airport of Departure and Travel Regions That Are Allowed
|Airport of Entry
||Airport of Departure
|Entrant at Incheon International Airport
||Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
||Seoul Capital Area (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do)
|Entrant at Gimpo International Airport
|Entrant at Gimhae International Airport
||Gimhae · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
||Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang-do, Seoul Capital Area
|Entrant at Yangyang International Airport
||Yangyang · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
|Entrant at Cheongju International Airport
||Cheongju · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
||Gangwon-do, Seoul Capital Area
|Entrant at Muan International Airport
||Muan · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
||Daejeon, Sejong, Chungcheong-do, Seoul Capital Area
|Entrant at Daegu International Airport
||Daegu · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
||Gwangju, Jeolla-do, Seoul Capital Area
- 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
- 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.
- APEC Business Travel Card holders are given Short Term Business (C-2) visa status, and are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.
< posted : 11/09, 2015 >