South Korea has signed a visa waiver agreement with more than 100 countries. This means that most foreign visitors, including German nationals, are allowed to stay in Korea for a limited period of time without a visa.
The length of time visitors are allowed to remain in Korea visa-free depends on their nationality. For German travelers, the limit is set to 90 days. Individuals who wish to stay in South Korea longer are required to apply for a visa. There are several types of Korean visa available for longer stays for German nationals, depending on the purpose of their travel:
- Working holiday visa
- Overseas study visa
- Corporate investment visa
- Foreign language teaching visa
- Residency visa
Korean visas can currently be obtained by physically visiting the Korean Embassy in Berlin or one of the other Korean representations in Germany. In a few months, Korea will be introducing an electronic visa system. Korean Electronic Travel Authorization application from Germany for eligible citizens will become a simple online process that will be done in a matter of minutes. This system will eliminate the need for an embassy or a consulate visit.
Do Germans Need Visa to Korea?
German citizens who are traveling to Korea for tourism or business do not need a visa for South Korea. The exception is travelers who intend to remain in the country for various other purposes and for more than 3 months.
German passport holders who are granted a South Korean visa and wish to extend their stay may apply for a visa extension at the Seoul immigration office. Please note that visa extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis and certain exceptions apply.
Korea Visa (ETA) Requirements for Germans
A complete list of Korea visa requirements for German passport holders will be published on the Korea Online Visa website at the time of the new ETA system launch. At present, the list includes:
- having a valid German passport
- duly filling the online application form through the Korean Online Visa website
- having an active email address where the visa validation and all information regarding the visa will be sent to
- having an unexpired credit or debit card to use for the visa fee payment at the time of application
It is important to keep in mind that Korean visa requirements for Germans may change at any point. German citizens who intend to travel to South Korea in the coming months should regularly visit the Korea Online Visa website in order to check for visa requirement updates.
How to Apply for a South Korea Visa (ETA) from Germany
Once the new ETA system comes into effect, the online visa application process for German visitors will be easy and straightforward. It will be done entirely online and will take less than 10 minutes to complete.
Submit the online application form for the Korean visa for Germany citizens
Pay the visa fee online using a credit or debit card
Receive the electronic travel document at the email provided on the application
In order to apply for a South Korean electronic visa, candidates will need to visit the Korea Online Visa website and start the application process. The online eTA application form will contain a number of questions pertaining to the traveler’s basic personal and passport details, as well as the purpose of the trip to South Korea:
- First and last names of the applicant
- Date of birth
- Contact details (address, telephone number, email address)
- Passport number
- Passport issue date
- Passport expiry date
- Security questions
- Information about the trip (purpose, flight details, accommodation)
If all the details provided in the form are correct, the candidate will in most cases receive a visa approval via email within a couple of days.
German nationals are advised to print a copy of the eVisa and present it along with their passport to the Korean authorities at the point of entry. Travelers must enter the country with the same passport that was used for the visa application.
Is There a Visa from Germany to Jeju Island?
Nicknamed the Hawaii of South Korea, the island of Jeju is a popular destination for holidaymakers, hikers, and honeymooners alike. German nationals can stay for up to 90 days visa-free in Jeju Province. If they wish to visit for longer than the visa-exempt period granted for their nationality, they will have to apply for a South Korean online visa.