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Passport and Visa

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- http://www.mofat.go.kr  
Immigration Bureau
- http://www.immigration.go.kr  
( English page is currently under construction and is expected to reopen in the end of April 2005.)

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. But people of 99 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements(Table 1), or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest(Table 2).

[Table1] Countries under Visa Exemption Agreements

Austria / 90Belgium / 90Bulgaria / 90
Czech Republic / 90Denmark / 90Estonia / 90
Finland / 90France / 90Greece / 90
Germany / 90Hungary / 90Iceland / 90
Ireland / 90Italy / 60Liechtenstein / 90
Luxembourg / 90Malta / 90Netherlands / 90
Norway / 90Portugal / 60Poland / 90
Romania / 90Spain / 90Slovak Republic / 90
Sweden / 90Switzerland / 90United Kingdom / 90
Asia and Oceania  
Bangladesh / 90Israel / 90Malaysia / 90
New Zealand / 90Pakistan / 90Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90Turkey / 90 
Antigua and Barbuda / 90Bahamas / 90Barbados / 90
Brazil / 90Colombia / 90Costa Rica / 90
Common wealth of Dominica / 90Dominican Republic / 90       El Salvador / 90  
Grenada / 90Haiti / 90Jamaica / 90
Mexico / 90Nicaragua / 90Panama / 90
Peru / 90St. Lucia / 90St. Kitts and Nevis / 90
St. Vincent & the Grenadines / 90Surinam / 90Trinidad and Tobago / 90   
Lesotho / 60Liberia / 90Morocco / 90
Tunisia / 30  

[Table2] Countries or Regions under principles of reciprocity and national interest

Brunei / 30Hong Kong / 90Japan / 30
Kuwait / 30Macao / 30Oman / 30
Qatar / 30Saudi Arabia / 30Taiwan / 30
United Arab emirates / 30Yemen / 30 
North America   
Canada / 180United States / 30 
South America   
Argentina / 30Chile / 30Guatemala / 30
Honduras / 30Paraguay / 30Uruguay / 30
Venezuela / 30  
Albania / 30Croatia / 30Cyprus / 30
Latvia / 30Lithuania / 30Monaco / 30
Slovenia / 90Vatican / 30 
Australia / 90Fiji / 30Guam / 30
Kiribati / 30Marshall Islands/ 30Palau / 30
Naura / 90New Caledonia / 30 
Republic of South Africa / 30Swaziland / 30 

Visa Type

Tourist & Business Visas

Visitors from countries not under Visa Exemption Agreements must apply for a visa extension if planning to stay for more than 30 days. Depending on the situation of the consulate, the visa extension will be issued 1 to 3 days from the day of application. Applicants require a completed application form, a recent passport-size colour photo and application fee. Visitors do not require the outbound flight ticket. Visa extensions are usually for 90 days.

All visas including long-term visas are for a single visit. Therefore anyone who wishes to leave the country and re-enter later on during the allowed period of stay should obtain the Re-entry Permit from the Ministry of Justice prior to departure. For business visas, the intention of activities must be clearly stated on the visa application form.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Homepage: http://www.mofat.go.kr  

Work Visas

Visitors may obtain work visas in their home country with the endorsement of the employer in Korea. If the visitor is already in Korea, he/she must obtain the work visa from an embassy or consulate in a country outside Korea. Work visas are usually valid for 1 year from the date of issue and take about 2-4 weeks to process. Work visa extensions are possible if visitor remains with the same employer. Visitors with work visas must obtain a residence permit from the Immigration Office. Visitors engaging in remunerative activities without a work visa can be subject to fines and deportation.

Application for Visas

- Visa application should be made at Korean Embassies or consulates abroad.
- It is required for the visa applicants to submit passport, application forms, a recent passport-style color
  photograph, and such other documents as determined by the status of stay.
- Visa fees are as follows:
  a. Single entry visa for a stay of no more than 90 days : USD30
  b. Single entry visa for a stay of more than 90 days : USD50
  c. Multiple entry visa : USD80
  d. Prolongation of Re-entry Permit : USD20

*For Citizens of United States of America, multiple entry visa fee is USD45 on the basis of
reciprocity since the mutual agreement in 1994.

Visa Extension

Extensions for tourist visas are possible in special cases such as accidents, health problems, flight cancellation, etc. Applications for visa extensions can be made at a local immigration office at least one day before the day of expiration.

Alien Registration

Immigration Bureau : http://www.immigration.go.kr/indeximmeng.html  

A Korean embassy or consulate can issue two types of visas: a short-term visa for the visitor who wants to stay up to 90 days and a special long-term visa for periods longer than 90 days. A visitor with a special long-term visa is required to apply for alien registration at a local immigration office within 90 days of arrival.

Immigration Offices  
Seoul+82-2-2650-6212~5 319-2, Sinjeong 6 (yuk)-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
Subway: At Omokgyo (Mok-dong Stadium) Station exit 7. Go straight for about 10 minutes.
Incheon+82-32-889-9936~71-17, Hangdong 7 (chil)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon
Bus: Take Incheon City Bus #3, #12 or #24 to Jungbu Police Station. 10 minutes on foot.
Incheon Int'l Airport+82-32-740-7013Incheon International Airport Office mainly handles procedures pertaining to entry and departure of Korea.
Busan+82-51-461-3021~5 17-26, 4-ga, Juang-dong, Jung-gu, Busan
Subway: Juang-dong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1 Exit No. 10 or 12) 10 minutes on foot.
Gimhae Airport+82-51-979-1321~5Gimhae Airport Immigration Office mainly handles procedures pertaining to entry and departure of Korea.
Jeju+82-64-722-3494673-8, Geonip-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju
Directions: Take any city bus to Jeju Girls' Commercial high School then walk about 5~7 minutes.


Korea Customs Service: http://www.customs.go.kr  

A written baggage declaration must be submitted to a customs officer upon entry.
Passengers must clear customs through either green, white, or red channel. Passengers who have no articles to declare should use the green channel. If a passenger declares non-duty-free articles voluntarily, the declared amount will be accepted and the clearance procedure will be expedited.

Duty-Free Articles

• Visitor's (non-resident's) goods which will be taken out of Korea upon departure. (The total quantity of the
  goods should be declared for duty exemption.)
• Goods which were declared upon departure from Korea and are being brought back.
• 1 bottle (not over 1 liter) of alcoholic beverages 200 cigarettes (50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco)
• 2 ounces of perfume
• For further information on goods subject to declaration and prohibited goods, please contact the Customs
  Information Office at Incheon International Airport.

Tel) +82-32-740-3100 or +82-80-742-7272

Guidelines for Currency Regulation

Passengers entering Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency valuing over USD 10,000 must declare it to a Customs official. Departing non-residents of Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency (including traveler's or bank checks) valuing more than USD10,000 must obtain permission from the bank of Korea or Customs, not including any amount carried into Korea and declared on arrival, which may be carried out without declaration to Customs. Residents of Korea must declare any currency or negotiable checks more than USD10,000 upon departure.
Please be aware that violators of these regulations are liable to be fined and/or otherwise penalized under the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.


National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service / National Plant Quarantine Service

Animal Quarantine

All live animals and animal products entering Korea must be accompanied by valid certificates issued by the exporting country's government. Declare all import animals and animal products upon arrival to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service, where they must be inspected. Cloven-hoofed animals and their products that are shipped from import-restricted areas will be sent back or destroyed.
For details, please contact the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service.
Tel) +82-31-467-1923

Plant quarantine

Passengers who carry any plants or soil including fruits (mango, orange, papaya, etc.), vegetables, seeds, orchids, nursery stock or cut flowers, etc., must describe the items on the Customs Declaration Form and immediately declare them upon arrival.

Import restricted items and areas

Fresh fruits, such as mango, orange, papaya, cherry, etc.: all countries
Nursery stock of apple, grape, etc.: most European countries
Walnut fruit and kernel: most countries
Soil or plants with soil: all countries

If you have any question about plant quarantines, please contact National Plant Quarantine Service.
Tel) +82-31-446-1926 / +82-31-445-6934

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