Mexicans wishing to travel to South Korea can currently do it visa-free. However, by the end of 2021, the Republic of Korea is planning to implement a new travel authorization system known as Korea’s eTA. This new procedure functions as a visa waiver for those countries whose nationals can currently enter the country without the need for a visa.
An online visa waiver to South Korea means Mexican citizens will avoid any appointments in Korean embassies or consulates, saving time and money when requesting the eTA to enter the Republic of Korea.
This page explains what are the requirements to successfully obtain a visa waiver to Korea from Mexico, as well as other relevant information when completing the online application.
Do Mexican Citizens Need a Visa for South Korea?
Currently, Mexico is one of over 130 countries that may enter South Korea for a period of 90 days without a visa.
However, when the South Korea eTA visa waiver will be launched by the end of 2021, citizens of Mexico will have to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization in order to enter and travel around in South Korea. Luckily, they can apply for this document without having to go to the consulate or embassy.
In the midtime, if Mexican passengers are planning to stay in Korea for more than 90 days, they will need to request a Korean tourist visa that covers the needed period of stay.
South Korean Visa Documents and Conditions for Mexican Citizens
Mexican citizens must have only a couple of documents if they wish to apply for a visa. These Korean eTA documents and conditions include:
- Being in possession of a valid, unexpired Mexican passport, which must have at least two blank pages for stamps and a minimum of 6 months of validity when entering the country
- Presenting a passport-size photo that complies with the Korea eTA picture guidelines
- Having access to a valid email address where the Korean eTA will be sent and, if necessary, other important visa waiver notifications
- Owning a valid debit or credit card with sufficient funds to complete the eTA to Korea processing fee
Although they are not mandatory, there are recommended and optional vaccinations by Korea that nationals of Mexico should consider in advance. A visit to a doctor is also suggested to avoid any medical inconvenience during the trip to South Korea.
If there are Mexican minors traveling to South Korea, their parents and/or guardians must be aware of the conditions related to their entrance and stay in the country.
Also, there are certain items that are prohibited when entering Korea such as weapons, illegal drugs, precious metals, plants, fruits or vegetables, and amounts of money that surpass established quantities. Therefore, Mexican travelers should be informed to avoid having any problems with border controls.
South Korean Visa Application Process From Mexico
Travelers from Mexico who meet the above-mentioned conditions and have the relevant documentation will be requested to complete a very basic Korea eTA application form.
The questions that will be asked by Korean authorities will mostly deal with security-related issues and basic personal data. Mexican applicants will be asked, for instance, to provide the following information:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Nationality (Mexican in this case)
- The date on which the Mexican passport was issued and will expire
- The purpose of the planned trip to South Korea
After responding to these questions, Mexicans will need to pay Korea’s eTA processing fee to ensure their applications are completed and submitted to local authorities.
To ensure that this application process can be processed efficiently, it is key that all the information and documentation are easily accessible, which is the responsibility of Mexican applicants.
Any mistakes (even a minor error) on the Korean online application form can lead to delays. Therefore, all applicants, including the ones from Mexico, are reminded to verify their personal details and double-check their answers prior to submitting the form.
If all the information is correct and the eligibility of Mexican travelers is verified, an email will be sent with the attached travel document in PDF format. The processing time will not take more than a few days.
Successful Mexican applicants are also kindly requested to print out a paper copy of this electronic visa waiver in case it is asked when entering South Korea.
It is highly important to not overstay a Korean eTA or visa since this could mean Mexicans paying a fine or being sanctioned by local authorities.
Mexican nationals who consider all this information during their eTA application process and their stay in South Korea should have a pleasant, hassle-free experience when visiting the country.