Visa

Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Korean embassy or consular offices in their country. However, citizens from many countries are now permitted visa-free entry for a limited period under certain conditions. In order to check whether you are allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean embassy or consular office in your country or visit the following websites to confirm.

Visa information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
www.mofa.go.kr (Korean, English)
Korea Immigration Service
www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)
Hi Korea
www.hikorea.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Example of Entry Visa to Korea

Specimen of Entry Visa to Korea

Countries under Visa Waiver Agreement

The 107 countries listed on the website linked below are under a Visa Waiver Agreement with Korea. Depending on nationality and passport type, citizens from these countries can visit Korea with the purpose of tourism without a visa for 30 to 90 days.

www.hikorea.go.kr (English)

Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to Korea

(Listed countries without a specified period have a limit of 30 days)

Countries with visa-free entry for general, diplomatic & official passport holders [Table1]

Countries with visa-free entry for general, diplomatic & official passport holders [Table1]
Continent Countries
Asia Japan (90 Days), Hong Kong (90 Days), Macao (90 Days), Taiwan (90 Days), Kuwait (90 Days), Brunei, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain
North America United States (90 Days), Canada (6 Months)
South America Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador (90 Days), Guyana
Europe Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia (90 Days), Slovenia (90 Days), Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia (90 Days), Montenegro
Oceania Australia (90 Days), Guam, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga
Africa Republic of South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Botswana

Countries with visa-free entry for diplomatic & official passport holders [Table2]

Countries with visa-free entry for diplomatic & official passport holders [Table2]
Continent Country
Asia Indonesia, Lebanon

Visa-Free Entry to Jeju-do

  • Applicable countries: Citizens from all countries not included in the Visa-Free tables above, excluding the 24 countries below, 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, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt

  • Duration of stay: 30 Days
  • Allowed region: Jeju-do
  • Conditions of entry: Travelers must take planes or ferries with direct routes to Jeju-do

This page was last updated on December 21, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.