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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 a visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean Embassy or consular offices 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

Designated Countries under Visa-Waiver Agreement with Korea

- Countries with visa-free entry for general passport holders [Table1]
* Period of sojourn indicated inside parenthesis; period is limited to days unless specified
* Countries without a specified period have a limit of 90 days

Countries with visa-free entry for general passport holders [Table 1]
Continent Country / Region
Asia
(8 countries)
Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Brunei (30), Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
Americas
(32 countries)
United States, Canada (6 months), Guyana (30), Guatemala, Grenada, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Argentina (30), Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras (30), Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Paraguay (30), Peru
Europe
(43 countries)
Andorra (30), Monaco (30), San Marino (30), Cyprus (30), Albania (30), Croatia, Slovenia, Vatican City (30), Bosnia-Herzegovina (30), Serbia, Montenegro (30), Greece, Netherlands, Norway (90 days within a 180-day period), Denmark (90 days within a 180-day period), Germany, Latvia, Russia (60 days / 90 days total within a 180-day period), Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden (90 days within a 180-day period), Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland (90 days within a 181-day period), Ireland, Estonia (90 days within a 180-day period), United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan (30), Turkey, Portugal (90 days within a 180-day period), Poland, France, Finland (90 days within a 180-day period), Hungary
Oceania
(13 countries)
Australia, Guam (30), Fiji (30), Nauru (30), Palau (30), Kiribati (30), Marshall Islands (30), Solomon Islands (30), Micronesia (30), Samoa (30), Tuvalu (30), Tonga (30), New Zealand
Africa & Middle East
(16 countries)
Republic of South Africa (30), Mauritius (30), Seychelles (30), Swaziland (30), Botswana, Morocco, Saudi Arabia (30), Arab Emirates, Oman (30), Qatar (30), Kuwait, Bahrain (30), Liberia**, Lesotho (60), Israel, Tunisia (30)

** Visa-waiver agreement with Liberia has been temporarily suspended as of July 18, 2019

- Countries that do not require a visa for diplomatic & official passport holders [Table 2]

* Official passport refers to those issued to government employees on official business trips

Countries with visa-free entry for diplomatic & official passport holders [Table 2]
Passport type Country / Region
Diplomatic & Official
(39 countries)
Indonesia (30), Lebanon (30), Gabon, Bolivia, Ukraine, Laos, Cyprus, Armenia, Japan, Mozambique, Argentina, Georgia, Moldova (90 days within a 180-day period), Azerbaijan (30), China (30), Mongolia, Algeria, Cape Verde, Myanmar, Angola (30), Cambodia (60), Vanuatu, Oman, Croatia, Bangladesh, Kuwait (90 days within a 180-day period), Kyrgyzstan (30), Benin, Ecuador (Diplomatic: Duration of mission / Official: 3 Months), Tajikistan, Vietnam, Iran (3 months), Paraguay, Belarus, Egypt, Pakistan (3 months), Belize, India, Philippines (unlimited)
Diplomatic only
(3 countries)
Jordan, Uzbekistan (60), Turkmenistan (30)

Suspension of Visa-free Entry to Jeju Island (as of February 4, 2020)

To prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the following countries have been suspended of their visa-free status to Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, or Jeju Island. As of February 4, 2020, citizens of the countries below must be granted with a visa from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea in order to enter Jeju Island.


- Countries that require visa to enter Jeju Island due to the suspension of visa-free status


(1) Diplomatic, Official and Regular passports (35 countries)
Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

(2) Official / Regular passports only (2 countries)
Jordan, Turkmenistan

(3) Regular passports only (25 countries)
Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Gabon, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Oman, The Philippines, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Vietnam


  • Duration of stay: Varies by country
  • Allowed region: Jeju Island
  • Conditions of entry: Travelers must take planes or ferries with direct routes to Jeju Island
    • Korea Immigration Service: +82-2-1345 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, German, French, Spanish, Arabic, Mongolian, Filipino, Burmese, Cambodian, Bengali, Nepali, Urdu, Sinhala)
    • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

    This page was last updated on February 25, 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.