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[Korea] Seoul stopovers under 72 hrs are visa-free starting May 1

  • Date05/02/2013
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International travelers in transit at Incheon International Airport with a layover of 72 hours or less can tour Korea without a standard issued entry visa starting May 1.

The system began its trial period on October 29, 2012 and has proven beneficial. Foreign nationals who are transferring at Incheon International Airport to a third country are eligible for an official entry permit to the country when they sign up for a transit tourism program designated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

As a precautionary measure, immigration assistants will accompany transit passengers throughout the entire stopover period, helping them through immigration procedures safely while they enjoy sightseeing during their scheduled layover. There is a fee of 10,000 won for participating in the assistance service.

More info

<Incheon International Airport, 72 Hour Visa-Free Entry for Passengers With Layovers>
Venue: Incheon International Airport Jung-gu Incheon-si
Effective of May 1, 2013
Subjects: foreign nationals transferring to a third country
                    ※except for Macedonian, Cuban, Syrian, and Iranian nationals
Requirements: Transit passengers to a third country participating in a transit tour program designated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Entry Procedure
    1. Visit a transit tour desk located within the airport
    2. Apply for one of the transit tour programs
    3. Enter into the country with the help of an immigration assistant
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Courtesy of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism