Towards the latter stages of 2021, the process for Norwegian passport holders to visit South Korea for tourism will be completely revamped. A new Korean visa policy will apply to Norwegians who wish to gain permission to visit South Korea for leisure.
Concretely, Korea will launch a visa waiver, known as South Korea’s eTA or the Korean electronic travel authorization, which will be mandatory for those citizens who currently do not need a visa to access the country, such as nationals from Norway.
Each Norwegian applying to a Korean eTA will be asked to provide a number of personal details and supporting documents to be considered eligible. Potential travelers to the Republic of Korea who have a Norwegian passport are invited to learn more about the future requirements associated with the Korean visa waiver.
Do Norwegians Need a Tourist Visa for South Korea?
There is currently no need to obtain a visa for Norwegians who plan to travel to South Korea for fewer than 90 days. However, once the electronic travel authorization for South Korea is officially launched, at the end of 2021, travelers from Norway will need to apply for and receive an eTA before being allowed entry.
Norwegians who wish to visit Korea for longer than 90 days must apply for an actual Korean tourist visa or, if applicable, for any other visa that suits their travel needs (e.g., business trips, academic stays, permanent residence).
How Can Norwegians Apply for the South Korean eTA?
One of the main advantages of the upcoming Korean eTA is there is no need to visit a South Korean embassy or consulate in Norway to obtain it. Getting a visa waiver to the Republic of Korea is as simple as filling in an application form, which will not take more than 15 minutes.
Norwegian requesters will need to complete the Korean visa waiver application form, which includes several questions regarding the travelers’ personal data, passport information, and other routinary security and health questions.
Below is a list of information Norwegians should have on hand when filling out the application form:
- Full name as it appears in the Norwegian passport
- Current residence
- Date of birth
- Reason for visiting South Korea
- Passport date of issue
- Passport expiration date
- Passport number (found on the photograph page)
- Email address
- Phone number
- Hotel or other accommodation information
- Flight and travel details
The final step Norwegian applicants have to complete is the payment of the eTA to Korea. This fee can be paid via a credit card or a debit card with sufficient funds.
Applicants from Norway can expect to hear back within a few days and, in some cases, they will be granted their Korean eTA in a few hours. If Norwegian citizens have not heard back after a few days, it is advised that they check their ‘spam’ folder.
Important Korean eTA Requirements for Norwegians
Before submitting the application form, Norwegian passengers must make sure they comply with the established Korean visa waiver requirements, which are comprised of simple eligibility conditions such as the following:
- Having a valid Norwegian passport that is current for at least 6 months before the travel date
- Possessing a credit or debit card that can be used to pay the Korean eTA processing fee
- Submitting a digital and recent passport-size photograph that meets the Korean visa waiver guidelines
- Being in possession of a current email address where all the information regarding the visa waiver to South Korea can be sent
Finally, Norwegian applicants should have access to a printer because once they have been issued a South Korean eTA since they need to print out a hard copy of the travel permit and bring it with them alongside their passport to show to South Korean border officials upon arrival in the country.
Considerations When Planning a Trip to South Korea From Norway
Traveling from Oslo to Seoul takes a minimum of fourteen hours. There are not currently any direct flights between the two capital cities, so it is important that Norwegians keep that in mind when making travel arrangements.
On the other hand, it is good to know South Korea is considered a great destination to travel to with children due to its culture, food, and the diversity of activities it offers to families.
Although South Korea is generally a safe country both in terms of crime and infectious disease, it is best to stay up to date regarding advisories for travelers from Norway and to learn about what vaccinations are recommended or required for entry into Korea.
With the South Korean eTA for Norwegians, travelers will be well on their way to experiencing everything the country has to offer.