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Visa by Categories

Tourist / Transit (Jeju)

단기방문 (C-3) 정보
Eligible applicants or activities allowed
  • Person planning to visit the Jeju Island for tour or transit within 30 days will be able to enter Korea without visa.
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Visa Free Entry Guide

Visa is a fundamental requirement to enter the Republic of Korea, and in principle, foreigners must have valid visas when they travel. However, those who fall under any of the following categories below are allowed to enter Korea without visas. (Article 7(2) of the Immigration Act)

Even if the foreigner has the valid visa or is subject to visa-free entry, he/she may be denied entry to the Republic of Korea if he's found inadmissible by an immigration officer at the port of entry.

Visa Free Entry by Designation

Visa free countries are designated based on international conventions, principle of reciprocity and national interests. (49 countries as of 2015.07.01)
In general, citizens of visa free countries are allowed to tour or visit Korea without a visa and to stay in the country for up to 30 days.
In addition, citizens of Macau, the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Taiwan and Japan are allowed to stay for up to 90 days.

Visa Free Entry by Diplomatic and Government Official Passport Holders
외교, 관용여권 소지자 무비자 입국허가 대상국가 목록
Continent Countries and Regions
Asia [2 countries] Indonesia, Lebanon
Visa Free Entry by Diplomatic, Government Official, and Regular Passport Holders
외교, 관용, 일반여권 소지자 무비자 입국허가 대상국가 및 지역 목록
Continents Countries and Regions
Asia [11 countries] Japan(90days), Hong Kong(90days), Macau(90days), Taiwan(90days), Brunei, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait(90days), Oman, U.A.E., Bahrain
North America [2 countries] US(90days), Canada(6months)
South America [5 countries] Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador, Guyana
Europe [11 countries] Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Cyprus, Albania, Croatia(90days), Slovenia(90days), Vatican, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia(90days), Montenegro
Oceania [13 countries] Australia(90days), Guam, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga
Africa [5 countries] South Africa, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Egypt

Frequent Visitors

1. Countries

All countries that are not part of the visa-free program, except Cuba, China, and Macedonia.

2. Eligibility

A Person who has entered more than four times within the past two years or more than 10 times in total, and has never committed a criminal offense or illegal stay during his/her previous stays in Korea.

If you are Chinese and have entered more than four times within the past two years or more than 10 times in total, and have never committed a criminal offense or illegal stay during his/her previous stays in Korea. You will receive a visa at the discretion of the head of Korean diplomatic mission abroad.

Chinese Youth Group on Field Trip

1. Eligible applicants

Elementary, middle, and high school students, field-trip chaperones (teachers), members of organization or designated travel agency related to the field trips

2. Submission documents

Confirmation from Consul and list of members of the youth school trip

Tourists in transit to Third Countries

1. Eligible Applicants

Citizens of all countries except Cuba, Macedonia, Syria, Sudan, and Iran.

2. Requirements
  • Persons who hold a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as “the four advanced countries”) and
  • 1) who go to one of the four advanced countries in transit through Korea; or
  • 2) who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take a direct flight from the country to Korea to go to a country of nationality or a third country.
  • Please be noted that:
  • - If you are a U.S. visa holder who transit through Korea and Saipan to reach the U.S. as the final destination, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. (However, if you depart from the U.S. and enter Korea via Saipan, you are not granted no-visa entry to Korea.)
  • - If you are a Chinese group tourist holding a group-tourist visa to Japan and meet certain requirements (e.g. using a travel agency that only attracts Chinese group tourists), you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa.
  • - If you hold an e-visa to Australia and a visa label is attached to your passport, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. However, if the label is not on your passport, you are granted no-visa entry only when you depart from Australia and transit through Korea.
3. Condition of Permission

You have a flight ticket that is scheduled to depart from Korea within 30 days, and have never violated laws (e.g. overstay, etc.) after entering the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

Visa Free Entry for Chinese Group Tourists with Japanese Group Tourist Visas

1. Eligible Applicants

Chinese group tourists with a Japanese group tourist visa who depart from China and transfer through Korea to visit Japan,
or who depart from Japan and transfer through Korea to visit China or a third country

2. Condition of Permission
  • You are a Chinese tourist on a group tour organized by a Korean travel agency and a Chinese travel agency which applies for group tourist visas at a Korean mission in China. The list of group tourists must be submitted no later than 48 hours before entry into Korea and you must have a transfer ticket for a flight scheduled to depart within 15 days.
  • You can enter Korea through the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Daegu, Chengju, Yangyang, or Muan Airport (the Jeju Airport not included); and you can depart from Korea through the Jeju, Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Daegu, Chengju, Yangyang, or Muan Airport.

Visa Free Entry for foreign transfer passengers

1. Eligible applicants
  • Besides the passengers for transit mentioned above, those transferring through the Incheon Airport and taking part in the Transit Tourism Program on their way to a third country or the country of their nationality (hereinafter referred to as "general transfer passengers")

    However, citizens of the 11 countries that need visas to enter Jeju island are not included (Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Cuba, Palestine).

  • Chinese group tourists who depart from China (Hongkong, Macao included) and enter Korea through the Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, Cheongju, Muan, *Yangyang, or Daegu airport to visit Jeju Island and stay in designated travel regions for up to 5 days (hereinafter referred to as "Jeju group transfer passenger").

    When admitted through the Yangyang Airport, the entrants are allowed to stay for up to 10 days in the travel regions.

2. Condition of Permission
  • General Transfer Passengers: Possessing a transfer ticket and staying in the Seoul Capital Area for up to 72 hours
  • Jeju Group Transfer Passengers: Your group is organized by a Korean travel agency participating in the Transit Tourism Program and a Chinese travel agency responsible applying for group tourist visas at Korean diplomatic missions in China, and you have a ticket for a domestic flight/ship to Jeju that is scheduled to depart within 5 days, or in the case of the Yangyang Airport, 10 days.
3. Eligibility and Period for Stay
  • General Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), 72 hours
  • Jeju Transfer Passengers: Tourist/Transit (B-2), 15 days
4. Airport of Departure and Designated Travel Regions for Jeju Group Transfer Passengers
출국가능 공항 및 관광가능 지역 목록
Airport of Entry Airport of Departure Travel Regions
Entrant at Incheon International Airport Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju· Yangyang International Airports Seoul Capital Area(Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do),Gangwon-do
Entrant at Gimpo International Airport
Entrant at Gimhae International Airport Gimhae · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Gyeongsang-do, Seoul Capital Area
Entrant at Yangyang International Airport Yangyang · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports
Entrant at Cheongju International Airport Cheongju · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Gangwon-do, Seoul Capital Area
Entrant at Muan International Airport Muan · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Daejeon, Sejong, Chungcheong-do, Seoul Capital Area
Entrant at Daegu International Airport Daegu · Incheon · Gimpo · Jeju International Airports Gwangju, Jeolla-do, Seoul Capital Area

Chinese Tourists in transit to Europe

1. Eligible Applicants

Chinese citizen who has an entry visa(including permanent residency) of one of the 30 Europe countries below, and have flight tickets to the final destination.
Example) China → South Korea → Europe,Europe → South Korea → China

Those who are deported to China from Europe and who travel around Europe in accordance with group tour agreements

2. 30 European Countries

Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, England, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary

Visa Free Entry to the Jeju Area

1. Eligible Applicants

People arriving at ports of entry in Jeju without a visa for travel and transit, excluding people from the following countries whose visa free entry is limited:

제주지역 무비자입국 제한국가 (11개국) 목록
Limited for no-visa entry in the Jeju area (11 countries)
Ghana, Nigeria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Palestine
2. Period of Stay/ Permitted Areas of Travel / Range of Activities Allowed : 30 days / Jeju
3. Condition of Permission : You must use a direct international flight or ship to Jeju Island

Re-Entry Permit Holders

  • Re-entry permit holders refer to those who have obtained re-entry permits or those who are exempted from obtaining re-entry permits arriving in Korea before the expiry dates
  • If you are a citizen of the following countries and you have completed alien registration, you are allowed to enter Korea without a visa.
재입국허가면제협정 체결 국가 목록
Countries with Agreements on Exemption of Re-Entry Permit Holders
France, Suriname, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Chile (C-3-5, D-7, D-8, D-9)

International Organization Passport Holders

If you are coming to Korea on an official capacity with a United Nations (LAISSEZ-PASSER) passport, you are allowed to enter Korea without a visa and stay in the country for up to 30 days.

APEC Business Travel Card Holders (ABTC)

To support financial activities of business people in the Asia-Pacific region, the Korea Immigration services provides benefits and conveniences as follows.

1. Entry requirements and Status of Stay

APEC Business Travel Card holders entering Korea are granted Short-Term Business (C-3-4) status and allowed to stay in Korea for up to 90 days.

2. ABTC member countries (there are currently 19 countries as of September 2012)

South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Russia