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WHY SEOUL Overview of Seoul Visa


Visitors entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) must hold a valid passport and visa to enter the country.
Nationals of visa waiver or visa-free countries may enter the country without a visa for tourism purposes only. For any other purposes, such as employment or education, proper visas are required.
Nationals of non-visa waiver countries must apply for visas at the nearest Korean embassy or consulate prior to entering the ROK.

Countries that are grantedvisa-free entryfor general passport holders.
Nationals of the following countries are allowed to enter and stay in ROK for up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation.

Countries with Visa Waiver Agreement with Korea

  • Malaysia (90 days), Bangladesh (90 days), Singapore (90 days), United Arab Emirates (general), Israel (90 days), Kazakhstan (30 days), Thailand (90 days), Turkey (90 days), Pakistan (90 days),
  • Guatemala (90 days), Grenada (90 days), Nicaragua (90 days), Dominican Republic (90 days), Commonwealth of Dominica (90 days), Mexico (90 days), Barbados (90 days), Bahamas (90 days), Venezuela (90 days), Brazil (90 days), Saint Lucia (90 days),SaintVincent and the Grenadines (90 days), Suriname (90 days), Haiti (90 days), Antigua and Barbuda (90 days), El Salvador (90 days), Jamaica (90 days), Costa Rica (90 days), Colombia (90 days), Trinidad and Tobago (90 days), Panama (90 days),Peru(90 days)
  • Greece (90 days), Netherlands (90 days), Norway (90 days), Denmark (90 days), Germany (90 days), Latvia (90 days), Russia (60 days), Romania (90 days), Luxembourg (90 days), Lithuania (90 days), Liechtenstein (90 days), Malta (90 days), Belgium(90days), Bulgaria(90 days), Sweden (90 days), Switzerland (90 days), Spain (90 days), Slovakia (90 days), Iceland (90 days), Ireland (90 days), Estonia (90 days), U.K. (90 days), Austria (90 days), Italy (90 days), Czech Republic (90 days),Portugal(60 days), Poland (90 days), France (90 days), Finland (90 days), Hungary (90 days)
  • Liberia (90 days), Lesotho (90 days), Morocco (90 days), Tunisia (30 days)
  • New Zealand (90 days)

Immigrations and Customs

Once disembarking from your plane, follow the signs to get to immigrations. Non-resident foreigners
must fill out an Arrival card like pictured below.

  • 입국신고서
  • 1
    Chinese character name
  • 8
    Home Address
  • 2
    Family (last) name
  • 9
  • 3
    Given name(s)
  • 10
    Address in Korea
    (Name of Hotel, address, etc.)
  • 4
  • 11
    Purpose of visit
  • 5
  • 12
    Flight number
  • 6
    Date of Birth
  • 13
    Port of Boarding
    ex. Bangkok, Los Angeles
  • 7
    Passport number
  • 14
    Your signature
  • Smart Entry Service (SES)
    • Instead of going through immigration with a live agent, participants of the SES program can go through immigrations through automatic gates in just 12 seconds.Find out more
  • Tax exemption limit and requirements for declaration
    • Duty-free items cannot exceed 1 bottle of alcohol (1 liter), 10 cartons of cigarettes, and 60ml of perfume.
    • You must be at least 19 years of age to purchase alcohol and cigarettes in ROK.
    • Overall, duties and taxes are not required on goods worth up to a total of US$400.
    • Also, if you are entering the country with more than US$10,000 (or its equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash, this must be declared.
  • For further information about customs related matters, please refer to Korea Customs Service website and about immigration related matters, please visit Immigration Office website.