ETA South Korea eVisa

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South Korea ETA Information

The online ETA South Korea visa is an upcoming electronic travel authorization expected to permit eligible citizens to visit South Korea for short stays for tourism.

The government is expected to introduce the ETA for South Korea in 2021 in order to expedite the process of applying for a tourist visa and eliminate the need to submit a visa application in person.

Once the system is introduced, eligible citizens will be able to apply for a South Korea visa through the simple Korean visa online application.

It is expected that applicants will be able to complete the South Korea ETA application form in just a few minutes with basic personal, passport, and travel information. It is also expected to be necessary to provide a current email address to which a copy of the approved South Korea travel visa will be sent.

It has not yet been announced if the eVisa for South Korea will be made available for purposes other than tourism. It will be necessary to contact the nearest consulate or embassy of South Korea for information on other visa types.

Highlights
Upcoming online travel authorization
For tourist travel
What is Necessary ?

Valid passport

Recent color photograph, passport-sized

Current email address

Valid debit/credit card

South Korea ETA Requirements

In order to submit a South Korea eVisa application, it is first necessary to meet the South Korea visa requirements.

The following documents are required for a South Korea ETA online application:

  • A valid passport from an eVisa-eligible country
  • A valid debit or credit card to pay the Korea eVisa fee
  • A current email address at which to receive a copy of the approved eVisa for South Korea
  • A passport-sized photo in color.

Once approved, it is expected that applicants will be able to present a copy of the approved ETA visa to gain entry to South Korea at a border entry point.

Further online South Korea tourist visa requirements are expected to be announced closer to the expected launch date of the eVisa. These will be published on this website once made available by the government of South Korea.

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for South Korea

Last update: 04/02/2021

Visa exemptions have been suspended (except for airline crew, APEC Business Travel Card holders, and passengers with a diplomatic, official or service passport) and short-term visas granted prior to April 6 are no longer valid. Arrivals must undergo quarantine for 14 days and take a PCR test for COVID-19 within 3 days after landing in South Korea unless they have been issued with an Isolation Exemption Certificate. Travelers must present a completed Health Declaration Form and a Travel Record Declaration to the quarantine desk on arrival. Foreign nationals with a Re-Entry Permit who left the country after 1 June 2020 must have a medical certificate issued no more than 48 hours before departure in English or Korean. This certificate must either show a negative PCR test result for coronavirus or specify that the individual is symptom-free. Korean nationals, diplomats, government officials, and individuals with a diagnosis exemption form are exempt from needing a medical certificate. Transit through South Korea is only permitted if the traveler departs within 24 hours. Nationals of Egypt, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may not transit. Citizens of Mongolia and Thailand may not transit if traveling to or from Mongolia or Thailand, respectively. Thai nationals are exempt from this if they have a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English issued at most 72 hours before departure. Foreign nationals may only come to South Korea from the following locations if they have a health certificate, in English or Korean, with a negative PCR result issued within 48 hours before departure: Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, or the Philippines. The certificate must be in English or Korean. Passengers with an E-9 visa issued by Korea must present a completed ‘Confirmation of Self-quarantine’ form, which can be obtained at the local EPS center, upon arrival.  Passengers over the age of 5, with the exception of nationals of South Korea,  must have a printed medical certificate in English or Korean (or accompanied by a certified English or Korean translation) with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The name must match the name on the traveler’s passport. Passengers arriving from Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Philippines, or Uzbekistan must have a certificate issued by an approved laboratory.  Nationals of South Korea aged 6 and older arriving from Brazil, South Africa, or the UK without a printed medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure must quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Check the requirements for travelers of different nationalities to enter the country according to the South Korea visa policy

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

South Korea Visa FAQ

  • What is the South Korea ETA?

    The South Korea ETA is an electronic travel authorization expected to be implemented by the government of South Korea in 2021.

  • How long is my South Korean ETA valid for? When does it expire?

    It has not yet been announced how long the South Korea eVisa will be valid for. This information will be published on this site once made available by the government of South Korea.

  • Which countries need a visa for South Korea?

    The visa policy of South Korea has not yet been revised to indicate which nationalities will be eligible for the Korea eVisa. This information will be published on this site once available.

  • How do I apply for an electronic visa to South Korea?

    Eligible citizens will be able to apply for an ETA to South Korea through a simple online form, eliminating the need to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate.

  • How much does the ETA for South Korea cost?

    The online South Korea visa fees have not yet been announced. The price of the ETA will be published on this site once available.

  • Do I require a visa for South Korea?

    All citizens not from Korea visa-free countries are required to obtain one of the South Korea visa types in order to travel to the country.

  • Is the South Korea online visa a single or multiple entry visa?

    It has not yet been announced whether the South Korea eVisa will be a single or multiple entry visa for Korea. This information will be published on this website once made available.

  • What should I do if I have made a mistake on my application for a South Korea visa?

    It is expected that applicants will be advised to carefully check that all of the information provided on the South Korea eVisa application is correct before submitting the online form. This is because even small mistakes are expected to result in a delay in receiving the eVisa, or even the rejection of the application form.

  • How long does it take to get an electronic travel authorization for South Korea?

    The standard online South Korea visa processing time has not yet been announced. This information will be published here once made available by the South Korean government.

  • How can I check the status of my South Korea visa application?

    It is expected that ETA applicants will be able to check the South Korea visa application status through updates and notifications sent to a current email address provided on the online form.

  • Where can I apply for a South Korea visa?

    From 2021, eligible citizens will be able to apply for a South Korean tourist visa for short stays through the simple eVisa application.

    To obtain a travel authorization for longer periods or other purposes, such as a South Korea work visa or business visa, it is expected that applicants will need to contact the nearest diplomatic office of South Korea for further information.

  • Can I extend my eVisa in South Korea?

    It has not yet been announced whether it will be possible to extend an ETA in South Korea. This information will be published on this site once made available by the government of South Korea.

  • Do I need to print a copy of the South Korean tourist eVisa?

    It has not yet been announced whether it will be necessary to print a copy of the South Korean tourist eVisa to gain entry to the country. However, it is most likely that it will be a requisite to present the approved ETA visa and passport to the South Korean border authorities.

    This information will be updated once more details about the eVisa are released.

  • Do I need a travel authorization if I am in transit in South Korea?

    In general, it is not necessary to obtain a South Korea transit visa to pass through the country to an onward destination for less than 24 hours, if the traveler remains within the airport transit area.

    However, citizens of the following countries do require a transit visa for South Korea no matter the transit time:

    • Egypt
    • Sudan
    • Syria
    • Yemen
  • Why was my ETA for South Korea application denied?

    It is expected that even small errors in the information provided on the South Korea online visa form could result in the denial of the eVisa or a delay in processing the application. Applicants are advised to carefully ensure all the data entered on the form is correct and matches the details of their passport before submitting the form, to ensure approval of the eVisa.

  • Is the South Korea eVisa easy to get?

    Yes. It is expected that applicants will be able to complete the simple online form for the South Korea eVisa in just a few minutes, to receive an approved electronic travel authorization sent via email.

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