Visa-free Entry (Visa waiver)
- Visa is a basic requirement for entry and in principle, a foreigner wishing to enter Korea must have a visa.
- However, a person meeting any one of the following qualification may enter Korea without a visa.
- Those granted permission or immunity for reentry who enter Korea before the expiration date.
- Nationals of a country that signed visa waiver agreements with Republic of Korea and are thereby eligible for exemption.
- Those entering for the interest of international goodwill, travel, or purpose beneficial to Korea who have been granted permitted to enter by presidential decree.
- Those who departed with a refugee travel certification and enter Korea prior to the expiration date.
Nationals of Countries allowed for 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.
Hong Kong(90 days), Japan(90 days), Macau(90 days), Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia(diplomatic and government officials)
United States (90 days), Canada (6 months), Argentina, Honduras, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guyana, Ecuador
Monaco, Vatican, Slovenia, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro (90 days), Andora, Croatia
Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Palau, Samoa, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga
- Middle East and Africa
Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, Qatar (90 days), South Africa, Swaziland, Egypt, Mauritius, Seychelles, Kuwait, Lebanon (diplomatic and government officials)
- For detailed information on a foreigner's entry without a visa, please click here.