Visa and Travel to Korea

1. From August 4th, most short-term overseas residents can enter Korea without issuing a visa.

 List of 112 Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)  Countries (Regions)

□ 49 Eligible Countries (Regions) for K-ETA

Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guam, Guyana, Holy See, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland

□ 1 Country (Region) added as of November 8, 2021


□ 46 Countries (Regions) added as of April 1, 2022

Malaysia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Israel, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Thailand, Turkey, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador, Russia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, Australia, Republic of South Africa, Lesotho, Morocco, Mauritius, Botswana, Seychelles, Eswatini, Tunisia

□ 6 Countries (Regions) added as of May 1, 2022

Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, Peru, New Zealand,

□ 1 Country (Region) added as of June 1, 2022


□ 1 Country (Region) added as of July 1, 2022

Hong Kong

□ 8 Countries (Regions) added as of November 1, 2022

Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tong


2. All overseas entrants must obtain a K-ETA prior to entering the country in accordance with the Electronic Travel Authorization System, which took effect on September 1, last year.


- You can log in and apply at least 72 hours before the departure date but the assessment can take longer in some cases so try to apply for the K-ETA as soon as possible. Please apply for K-ETA with sufficient time.

- Full guide on how to apply for K-ETA - YouTube

 * Below is a summary of the YouTube English guide video above.

Stage 1:

1) Visit the website: (

2) Click to apply for K-ETA (or download the app from mobile to apply).

3) Enter the visitor's continent/nationality, passport number, and email.

4) Upload a copy of your passport, register your passport information.

5) Enter the purpose of visit and residence.

6) Upload your own photo.

7) Pay 10,000 won.

Step 2:

1) Ministry of Justice document review (takes about 24 hours)

Step 3:

1) Notification of approval by e-mail (* valid for 2 years if approved)

* There is no need to fill out an immigration card on the plane, and immigration is faster.


Further info on domestic flights: 

- Most flights to Jeju are from the Gimpo domestic airport in Seoul on Korean Air (the last flight from Gimpo to Jeju leaves at 9:05pm, and the last flight from Jeju to Gimpo leaves at 9:05pm), and cost around USD200 roundtrip.

Korean air:

Other airlines: can be found here.

- Most of you will likely be flying into Seoul Incheon on your international flight and then taking a paid bus connecting the two airports (it runs every 5 minute and takes ~20 minutes) for your flight to Jeju (there are flight between Seoul and Jeju every 15 minutes, and it takes ~50 minutes each way), so please plan your trip accordingly. 

For detailed info on how to get to Gimpo/Seoul airport from ICN airport, see: