Foreign nationals traveling to South Korea are all required to carry a passport valid for 6 months beyond the length of their stay. A Korean visa issued by the Korean embassy or consular offices from a tourist’s country of origin is also required unless travelers are passport holders from eligible countries. Citizens traveling to South Korea for tourism from as many as 107 nationalities are now permitted to enter and travel around South Korea visa-free for a limited amount of time, and, under specific conditions.
Countries under South Korea Visa Waiver Agreement
Tourists from the countries listed by the South Korean government that fall under a Visa Waiver Agreement with Korea are permitted visa-free entry for 30 to 90 days, with the exception of Canadian travelers. The period for which foreign nationals are allowed to stay in South Korea without being required to apply for a visa depends on a traveler’s nationality and on the purpose of their trip.
Citizens of Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to South Korea
Citizens from eligible countries are granted different visa-free stay periods in South Korea depending on their country of origin.
Canadian passport holders are allowed the longest visa-free stay in South Korea. Tourists from Canada are allowed to enter and travel around Korea for up to 180 days.
Nationalities Allowed to Stay Visa-Free in South Korea for 90 days
Citizens and passport holders from the following countries are allowed to stay in South Korea for up to 90 consecutive days without requiring them to apply for a visa:
- Antigua & Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- Cape Verde
- Commonwealth of Dominica
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- New Zealand
- St Kitis Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- St Vincent & The Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
Nationalities Allowed to Stay Visa-Free in South Korea for 60 days
Visitors from the following countries are permitted to spend up to 60 days in South Korea without a visa:
Nationalities Allowed to Stay Visa-Free in South Korea for 30 days
Tourists visiting South Korea from the following countries can spend up to 30 days there without being required to apply for a visa: