Visiting South Korea
Visa-free stays for touristic, business or transit
South Korea - Visas & Permits
Whether or not you need a visa to visit South Korea depends on a variety of factors: Your nationality, the purpose and the expected duration of your stay, as well as other things like family relations and your occupation.
Below you find a list of countries whose citizens don’t require a visa to enter South Korea for touristic, business or transit purposes for certain limited periods of time.
Nationalities that don’t need a visa for short-term TOURISTIC and BUSINESS purposes
Maximum stay of 3 months
- European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czeck Republic, Denmakr, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK.
- Other Citizens (in alphabetical order): Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica (Commonwealth of), Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Haiti, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Surinam, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago and Turkey.
Maximum stay of 2 months
Italy, Lesotho, Portugal
Maximum stay of 1 month
Nationals of the following countries, traveling for short term touristic or transit purposes, are allowed to enter visa-free, provided they hold a confirmed onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds.
Nationalities that don’t need a visa for short-term TOURISTIC and TRANSIT purposes
Maximum duration of 30 days
Albania, Argentina, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Fiji, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, New Caledonia, Oman, Palau, Paraguay, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Slovenia, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela and Yemen.
Maximum duration of 90 days
Australia, Hong Kong
Maximum duration of 6 months
Regardless of your citizenship or any visa-exemptions that may apply to you, your passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months upon entry in South Korea.
Any citizen of any country not mentioned above must apply for a visa no matter the duration of stay or purpose of travel.
Generally, individuals staying in Korea for longer than 90 days must apply for an Alien Registration Card.
Note: Many nationals are permitted visa exemptions on other passports, such as diplomatic or official passports. For further details of whether this is applicable and the necessary restrictions of such visa exemptions, it is advisable to contact the nearest Embassy/Consulate before departure.
- Short stays in South Korea:
- Work visas & permits:
- Studying in South Korea:
- Permanent residence in South Korea:
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