South Korea Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Other EU Yes No No
USA Yes No No

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Passports

To enter South Korea, a passport valid for a minimum of three months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Visas for South Korea are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for the following durations:

• Nationals of Australia, the USA and EU countries can stay visa-free in South Korea for up to 90 days, except nationals of Portugal who may stay for up to 60 days and nationals of Croatia who may stay for up to 30 days.

• Nationals of Canada can stay for up to six months.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for South Korea.

Visa note

All foreign visitors to South Korea are biometrically registered, and are required to have fingerprint samples and a digital photograph taken by an inspector upon entry. Children under 17 and officials of international governmental organisations are exempt from this requirement.

Types and cost

Single-entry visa (up to 90 days): £27; single-entry visa (more than 90 days): £40; multiple-entry visa: £60. Special fees apply to a few nationalities; check with the embassy.

The same fees apply for both business and tourist visas.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working days

Allow five days for visa processing.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA
Telephone: (202) 939 5600 (consular section). Website: http://usa.mofat.go.kr/ Opening times: Mon-Fri: 0900-1200, 1330-1730
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7227 5500 or 5504 (consular section). Website: http://gbr.mofat.go.kr/eng Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1230, 1400-1730, Consul service 0930-1200, 1400-1630, visa service 1000-1200.
Edited by Jane Duru
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