KCR 2017

Visa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade www.mofa.go.kr
Immigration Bureau http://www.immigration.go.kr
Korea Visa Portal http://www.visa.go.kr/

Visa Information

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 118 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to Visa Waiver Agreements (Table 1), or in accordance with principles reciprocity of national interest (Table2).

[Table 1] Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements (as of Sep 21, 2016)

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.

Country/Period (days) Country/Period (days) Country/Periods (days)
Asia 
Bangladesh / 90 Israel / 90 Kazakhstan / 30
Malaysia / 90 Pakistan / 90 Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90 Turkey / 90 U.A.E / 90
America
Antigua and Barbuda / 90 Barbados / 90 Brazil / 90
Chile / 90 Columbia / 90 Costa Rica / 90
Dominica / 90 Dominican Republic / 90 El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90 Guatemala / 90 Heiti / 90
Jamaica / 90 Mexico / 90 Nicaragua / 90
Panama / 90 Peru / 90 Saint Kitts Nevis / 90
Saint Lucia / 90 Saint Vincent and The Grenadines / 90 Surinam / 90
The Bahamas / 90 Trinidad tobago / 90 Uruguay / 90
Venezuela / 90    
Europe
Austria / 90 Belgium / 90 Bulgaria / 90
Denmark / 90 Estonia / 90 Finland / 90
France / 90 Germany / 90 Greece / 90
Hungary / 90 Iceland / 90 Ireland / 90
Italy / 90 Latvia / 90 Lichtenstein / 90
Lithuania / 90 Luxembourg / 90 Malta / 90
Netherlands / 90 norway / 90 Poland / 90
Portugal / 60 Romania / 90 Russia / 60
Slovakia / 90 Spain / 90 Sweden / 90
Switzerland / 90 The Czech Republic / 90 The united Kingdom / 90
Africa
Lesotho / 60 Liberia / 90 Morocco / 90
New Zealand / 90 Tunisia / 30  

[Table 2] Countries of Regions under principles of reciprocity and national interest

Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions (as of July 1, 2015).

Country/Period (days) Country/Period (days) Country/Periods (days)
Asia
Bahrain / 90 Brunei / 30 Hong Kong / 90
Japan / 90 Kuwait / 90 Macao / 90
Oman / 30 Qatar / 30 Saudi Arabia / 30
Taiwan / 90    
Oceania
Australia / 90 Fiji / 30 Guam / 30
Kiribati / 30 Micronesia / 30 Marshall Islands / 30
Nauru / 30 New Caledonia / 30 Palau / 30
Samoa / 30 Solomon Islands / 30 Tuvalu / 30
Tonga / 30    
North America
Canada / 180 United States / 90  
South America
Argentina / 30 Ecuador / 30 Guyana / 30
Honduras / 30 Paraguay / 30  
Europe
Albania / 30 Andorra / 30 Croatia / 90
Cyprus / 30 Monte Negro / 30 Monaco / 30
San Marino / 30 Serbia / 90 Slovenia / 90
Vatican / 30 Bosnia-Herzegovina / 30  
Africa
Egypt / 30 Seychelles / 30 South Africa / 30
Swaziland / 30 Mauritius / 30