Passport holders from eligible countries who wish to visit South Korea will be able to apply for a South Korean Online Visa. The application process will be quick and straightforward to complete, eliminating the need to visit an embassy or consulate.
The list of eligible countries has not yet been announced but it will be published on this website the moment it is. Applicants will need to have a valid passport to complete the Korea visa application form.
The South Korea eVisa will allow eligible foreign citizens to obtain travel authorization to enter and travel within the South Korean territory without having to visit a South Korean embassy or consulate. The online application will only take a matter of minutes and involve entering some basic personal information.
At the moment, the South Korea Online Visa is not yet available and the list of eligible countries has not been finalized. The electronic travel authorization will be launched in the near future.
The release of the South Korea Online Visa was first announced in 2018, however, final details have yet to be announced in order for it to be in full effect. The South Korean Government will announce which countries will be eligible to apply for a South Korean eVisa as soon as the details are finalized.
Once the list of countries has been officially announced, citizens from eligible countries who wish to travel to South Korea mainly for tourism purposes will be able to apply for a South Korean eVisa. This will allow e-Visa holders to gain entry without needing to queue for a South Korean visa upon their arrival.
Currently, a number of countries can visit Korea visa-free. Citizens from the USA, all EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan, can enter for up to 90 days without a visa.
Canadians can enter for up to 180 days visa-free and there are other countries whose citizens can either enter for either 30-day, or 60-day periods, depending on their nationality.
If you are planning a trip to South Korea, make sure to check this website regularly for updates about which nationalities can obtain the eVisa for South Korea.