South Korea is planning to change its Korean visa policy soon, which means the current visa-free countries will need a visa waiver to enter the country in the near future.
One of the affected nations will probably be Greece, which can now access the Republic of Korea without having to apply for a visa as long as their citizens’ journeys are shorter than 90 days and have a tourism purpose.
A new Korean electronic travel authorization will change this situation. Read on to learn more about the requirements to obtain a visa waiver to South Korea and how to apply online.
How Does the Visa Waiver to Korea Work for Greeks
Currently, Greek nationals can stay in South Korea for up to 90 days if their trip is for leisure, tourism, visiting family or friends, and other activities of the sort.
However, when the Korean visa waiver is released, travelers from Greece will need to apply for this eTA document, which is a way to demonstrate they are visa-exempt citizens.
In the case of Greek visitors interested in visiting the Republic of Korea for longer periods and/or for other reasons, such as academic studies, corporate investments, working holidays or permanent residence, they will need to apply for an actual, appropriate visa since the visa waiver will not be valid.
How to Apply for a Korean eTA From Greece
Although the Korean visa waiver application form has not been officially launched, it is expected that Greek nationals will need to complete and provide the following information:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Contact information (telephone number, email address, and home address)
- Passport data (number, expiry and issuance date)
- Purpose of the trip to South Korea
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the expenses in Korea
Health and security issues
- Details about existing criminal records, if any
- Details about any major, contagious disease that needs to be notified
Greek travelers can be sure the information they provide is completely safe and encrypted. Also, some other questions can be added to the application form once the Korean government officially launches the visa waiver.
Once all these details have been submitted, applicants from Greek will need to pay the Korean visa waiver processing fee. This step can be completed by using a credit or debit card with enough funds.
It is crucial to double-check all of the information that Greek applicants supply for review because, in the event of a denial, there will be no refund for the application fee.
Korea’s eTA processing times for Greeks
Greeks will need to wait only a couple of days, and sometimes even hours, to receive their electronic permit to travel to Korea. They are always advised to check their spam folder in case they have the documents there.
If they have not received the visa waiver after a few days, it is possible that there is a general delay in the processing of these travel authorizations.
Conditions to Obtain a Korean Visa Waiver As Greek National
There are certain prerequisites that Greek citizens need to comply with before traveling to South Korea. These conditions are usually known as the Korean eTA entry requirements and are rather simple to abide by.
Passengers from Greece traveling to South Korea will soon need the following:
- A Greek passport that is valid for at least 6 months and with two blank pages
- A passport-sized photograph of the Greek applicant
- A credit or debit card to pay the processing fee
- An email address that is accessible since all the information regarding the Korean eTA will be sent to that account
- A bank statement or similar document that can be used as proof of sufficient funds
- Proof of travel such as a return or onward ticket and hotel bookings
Also, depending on the travel record of Greek nationals, some vaccines might be needed before entering Korea.
Since the country’s visa policy is being modified, there might be more requirements to be added to the list once the Korean eTA is launched. For this reason, it is important that Greek nationals are informed about the latest Korean visa waiver news in case an update is released.
Traveling From Greece to South Korea: Trip Advice
Once nationals from Greece have successfully applied for and received their South Korean eTA, they should print out a hard copy of the document that the authorities have sent. That is because, upon arrival at the border to South Korea, officials will ask to verify that the information they have on their computer matches the eTA holder’s records.
The South Korean eTA visa waiver was designed to make sure that the application process for Greeks goes as smoothly as possible. Eligible applicants who follow the above advice should have no problem receiving their South Korean eTA once the program officially launches in 2021.