For now, Finnish travelers can enter South Korea visa-free provided that they are doing so for tourism. This means that nationals from Finland will not be asked to submit an application or provide any personal information to Korean travel authorities before entering the country.
However, that will all change towards the end of 2021 when the country introduces its Korean electronic travel authorization system. The eTA or visa waiver to Korea will be quick and easy to apply for and will be completed entirely online meaning there will be no need for Finnish passport holders to visit an embassy or consulate to receive it.
Read on below to find out exactly what is needed from Finnish applicants for the South Korean eTA.
Are Finns Eligible for the Korean Visa Waiver?
Yes, Finnish nationals will be eligible for the Korean eTA, also known as Korea’s visa waiver. However, this travel permit has not been launched yet and more details, such as the full list of eligible countries, must be released shortly.
In the midtime, citizens of Finland can travel to South Korea visa-free for up to 90 days.
It is worth noting that this visa waiver is part of a Korean new system that seeks to protect even more to both country nationals and international visitors. More border control in the Republic of Korea means safer trips for inbound and outbound citizens.
In the case of Finnish visitors wishing to Enter Korea for work, residence, study visas, or tourist stays in Korea longer than 90 days, the Korean eTA for travelers from Finland will not apply.
Korean eTA’s Requirements for Finnish Nationals
There are a few Korean eTA entry requirements that Finnish citizens must meet in order to be approved for a visa waiver to Korea:
- Having a Finnish passport that is valid (unexpired) for at least 6 months after the date of arrival and with two blank pages
- Submitting a photo of the applicant that follows the Korean guidelines (in passport-style size)
- Presenting proof of sufficient funds to cover the expenses in Korea. Finns can submit a bank statement to comply with this prerequisite
- Possessing a credit or debit card that can be used to pay the Korean eTA processing fee
- Sharing an email account where Finnish travelers can receive the visa waiver to Korea
More conditions to obtain the South Korean electronic travel permit can be released once the launch date is coming closer.
How to Complete Korea’s eTA Application Form as Finn
Here are some details that Finnish nationals should expect to provide when filling out the Korean visa waiver online application form:
- Full name as it appears in the Finnish passport
- Date and place of birth
- Passport number, expiration date, and date of issue
- Address, phone number, and email address
- Reason for their visit to South Korea
- Travel details including information regarding flights and hotels (proof of travel)
Some other routinary questions might be included to determine whether the Finnish applicant is eligible to enter the Republic of Korea. Some of these are queries about possible criminal records, if any, or the overall health status of the traveler.
In this sense, it is advisable that Finns are informed about the vaccinations required by Korea, as well as the items that can and cannot be brought into Korean territory to avoid any issues in border control.
Once all these details are provided, nationals from Finland will need to pay the Korean eTA processing fee. This payment is non-refundable and can be completed via credit or debit card. The online platform is 100% secure for international operations.
Then, a confirmation message will be sent to Finnish applicants.
South Korea’s visa waiver processing time for Finnish applicants
It is important for applicants from Finland to check their email regularly since all correspondence, including the final issuing of the South Korean eTA, will be carried out online.
If there has been no email correspondence within a few days, Finnish applicants should check their ‘spam’ folder.
The usual processing time associated with the delivery of the Korean eTA is of a couple of days and sometimes even a few hours. Therefore, Finnish travelers must keep an eye on their email notifications.
Visiting South Korea From Finland
It is required to print out a copy of the South Korean eTA and carry it to the border to show travel officials.
South Korea has the reputation of being a safe country for tourists. Still, it is always advisable that Finnish visitors keep up to date on the latest health and safety advisories, as well as news regarding the country’s visa policy and launch date of the visa waiver.