More than 100,000 France nationals visit South Korea per year, tourism being by far the most popular reason for traveling
To help make the process of applying for a visa easier, South Korea will soon introduce the Korean eTA. This electronic travel authorization will enable people from eligible countries to enter the country, which includes France.
The advantage of this online travel permit is that French travelers will be able to skip a visit to the consulate or embassy. Instead, all they will have to do is fill in an application form online by completing their passport particulars and personal information. This process will take only a couple of minutes.
Do French Citizens Need a Visa for South Korea?
South Korea has a visa waiver agreement in place with over 100 countries, which means their nationals are currently able to visit the country for a specified period without a visa.
The duration of this permit is determined by their nationality. In the case of France, their citizens can stay in Korea visa-free for up to 90 days.
In the case of trips that last longer than that, French travelers can apply for a South Korea tourist visa so they can spend more time in the country for leisure, visiting friends or family, or tourism purposes.
However, in 2021 South Korea will introduce a new electronic system. Citizens of France will then be required to get an online visa waiver in order to travel to South Korea.
Documents Required for a Korean Visa From France
When this new Electronic Travel Authorization to visit Korea will be officially released, a comprehensive list of the visa waiver requirements for French passport holders will be available on the Korea Online Visa website. Currently, these conditions and prerequisites include the following:
- Applicants must be in possession of a valid French passport
- Applicants must have access to a valid email address. The visa validation and all the other relevant information in connection with the visa application will be forwarded to this email address
- Applicants must have a valid debit or credit card. When applying for this visa, applicants will have to pay a small visa fee
- Applicants must complete an online application form
Applicants must also please keep in consideration that these Korea eTA entry requirements for French nationals may be changed at any stage.
Therefore, citizens of France who plan on visiting South Korea in the near future are advised to consult the latest Korea visa waiver news on a regular basis to make sure that they still comply with the latest visa requirements.
Korea ETA Application Process for French Travelers
When this brand new electronic travel authorization for South Korea has been introduced, the online process for French travelers wishing to apply for a visa will be simple. A major advantage is that everything will be completed through a device with an internet connection.
On top of that, applicants from France will be able to complete the whole process in under 10 minutes.
French applicants will only have to:
- Submit the online Korea eTA application form
- Settle the visa fee by means of a valid debit or credit card
This electronic travel authorization application form will have a couple of questions regarding the basic details of the French applicants. They will have to answer some security-related questions and share some personal details, passport particulars, and the reason for traveling to South Korea.
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Residential address
- Contact number
- Email address
- Date on which the passport was issued
- Date on which the passport will expire
- Passport number
- Reason for the trip
- Details regarding the flight
- Accommodation arrangements
French applicants will receive their visa approval by means of email in a few days. That is on condition that all the details that were filled in were true.
Citizens of France are urged also to print out a hard copy of their Korea eVisa. This copy should then be presented with their passport to the South Korean authority stationed at the entry port.
The same French passport that was used to complete the visa waiver application process must be used when entering the country.