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Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, citizens from 99 countries who wish to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles of reciprocity or national interest (Table 1).
 
Table 1: Countries or Regions under Principles of Reciprocity
and National Interest
 

Country/Period(days)

Country/Period(days)

Country/Period(days)

Asia

Brunei / 30

Hong Kong / 90

Japan / 30

Kuwait / 30

Macao / 30

Oman / 30

Qatar / 30

Saudi Arabia / 30

Taiwan / 30

United Arab emirates / 30

Yemen / 30

 

North America

Canada / 180

United States / 30

 

South America

 

 

Argentina / 30

Chile / 30

Guatemala / 30

Honduras / 30

Paraguay / 30

Uruguay / 30

Venezuela / 30

 

 

Europe

Albania / 30

Croatia / 30

Cyprus / 30

Latvia / 30

Lithuania / 30

Monaco / 30

Slovenia / 90

Vatican / 30

 

Oceania

Australia / 90

Fiji / 30

Guam / 30

Kiribati / 30

Marshall Islands/ 30

Palau / 30

Nauru / 90

New Caledonia / 30

 

Africa

Republic of South Africa / 30

Swaziland / 30

 

 
Table 2: List of Countries Exempted from Payment of Fees
(as of January 1, 2007)
 

For the Nationals
of These States

Conditions

Britain, Sweden, Spain,
Italy, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan

All visas (regardless of the period of stay)
※ In case of Britain, the period of stay should be no more than six months.

Colombia, Barbados, Peru, Liberia, Dominican Republic

Visas of which the period of stay is more than 90 days.

Paraguay, Benin, Romania,
Brazil, Uruguay

Visas of which the period of stay is more than 90 days, issued to the holders of diplomatic and official passports.

Mongolia, Venezuela

Visas of which the period of stay is more than 30days, issued to the holders of diplomatic and official passports.

Philippines

Visas of which the period of stay is no more than 60 days.

Australia

C-2 visas of which the period of stay is no more than 90 days.

 

For more information about visa application, please contact the local Korean consulate or embassy in your country or refer to the website Hi-Korea.

※ Hi-Korea (http://www.hikorea.go.kr) stands for Korea e-Government for Foreigners. This site provides comprehensive information for foreigners who want to visit Korea.

 

 

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