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VISA is a kind of endorsement or acknowledgment, whose specific meaning differs from country to country.
Generally speaking, however, it is used to mean one of the following two things; One being the 'permission to enter' a given country, and the other being the 'consul's recommendation for a foreigner's entry request.' In case of Republic of Korea, the latter definition is used. Therefore, even if one were to have a Korean visa, one can still be denied entry to Korean soil should an immigration officer find some requirements unsatisfactory after inspection.

Types of visas

Single visas

  • Only one entry is allowed within the term of the visa (Single visas are valid for three months from the date of issue).

Multiple visas

  • An individual can enter the country two or more times within the term of the visa.

Visa types according to status of stay

Diplomacy/Official Mission Status

  • Diplomacy (A-1), Official Mission (A-2), Agreements (A-3)

Employment Visa

  • Temporary Employment (C-4), Professor (E-1), Foreign Language Teaching (E-2), Research (E- 3), Technological Guidance (E-4), Profession (E- 5), Arts/Entertainment (E-6), Specially Designated Activities (E-7), Non-professional Employment (E-9), Labor Aboard (E-10), Working Holiday (H-1), Working Visit (H-2)

Non-profit & Short-term Stay Visa

  • Temporary Press Coverage (C-1), Temporary Visiting(C-3)

Long-term Stay Visa

  • Culture/Arts (D-1), Study (D-2), Industrial Training (D-3), General Training (D-4), Press Coverage (D-5), Religious Works (D-6), Supervisory Chairmanship (D-7), Business Investment (D- 8), Trade Management (D-9), Visit & Stay with Family (F-1), Residency (F-2), Family Dependency (F-3), Overseas Koreans (F-4), Marriage Immigration (F-6), Others (G-1)

Visa issuance procedure

The Place of Visa Application & Issuance

The embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea

Exceptions to Visa Issuance

Prior to visa issuance from a consulate overseas, if necessary, the competent Immigration Office or its branch office (only Ulsan/ Donghae Branch) can conduct preliminary inspection on applications of a foreigner entering Korea and a domestic inviter and issue a certificate for recognition of visa issuance. After receiving the certificate for recognition of visa issuance, the individual can apply for a visa. Valid term of the certificate is 3months.

Documents to Submit

  • Passport
  • Visa issuance application
  • Required documents for each status of stay (Detailed information can be found by

Visa Issuance Fee

  • Single visas for 90 days or less cost $30, while single visas for 91 days or more cost $50. Multiple visas will cost $80.

Designated Visa-free entry

Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions. (1 September 2018. Currently, 48 countries)

Nationals of the following countries are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation - Exceptions: Canada is allowed up to 6 months, and United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, and Japan are allowed up to 90 days.

Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic, government official, and general passport holder

Continent Countries/ regions
Asia Macao(90 days), Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Japan (90 days), Qatar, Taiwan(90 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Kuwait(90 days), Bahrain[10 countries]
North America United States(90 days), Canada (6 months) [2 countries]
South America Guyana, Argentina, Ecuador(90),Paraguay, Honduras [5 countries]
Europe Monaco, Vatican, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Cyprus, San Marino, Serbia(90), Montenegro, Slovenia (90 days), Andorra, Croatia(90) [11 countries]
Oceania Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Australia (90 days), Marshall Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Tonga [13 countries]
Africa South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Swaziland, Botswana (5 Countries)

Countries that are granted visa-free entry for diplomatic and government official passport holders (2countries)

Continent Countries
Asia Indonesia, Lebanon