Find out about the most recent updates on Korean immigration regarding COVID-19, the visa-waiver program, and more (as of May 31, 2022).
On This Post
- Coronavirus Test Update
- Jeju and Yangyang’s No Visa Entry Update
- Resume Issuing Short-Term Visa (C-3) and E-Visa
- List of Countries Currently Eligible for K-ETA
Coronavirus Test Update
From May 23, 2022, South Korea accepts Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results for international arrivals. The negative COVID-19 RAT result must be issued within 24 hours prior to the departure date. The test should be conducted under professional supervision. Self-test kits are not accepted. A negative PCR test result still continues to be valid.
From June 1, 2022, foreign visitors need to take only one PCR test within three days from their entry to South Korea. The second RAT test in 6 or 7 days is still recommended but not required.
Incheon International Airport has more information on your arrival in South Korea.
Jeju and Yangyang’s No Visa Entry Update
From June 1, 2022, foreign travelers entering South Korea through Jeju and Yangyang International Airport need no entry visa. South Korea resumes the visa-waiver program, which allows international travelers to visit South Korea for a short term without a visa.
The visa-waiver program allows all foreigners entering Jeju for tourism purposes to stay for 30 days without a visa. Under the visa-free program, tourists must stay on Jeju Island, and travel outside Jeju is prohibited. Although most international travelers will be allowed to enter Jeju Island visa-free, the program does not apply to citizens of 24 countries and regions in addition to 10 other countries that have mutually suspended the visa-waiver program with South Korea.
Countries/regions that require a visa to enter Jeju International Airport: Iran, Sudan, Syria, Macedonia, Cuba, Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ghana, Nigeria, Yemen, Egypt, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Myanmar
Ten other countries suspended visa-free entry to South Korea during the pandemic on the principle of reciprocity: Macau, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Grenada, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Tonga
Also starting in June, tour groups of five or more people arriving from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia at the Yangyang International airport can also stay in the country for 15 days without a visa. Visitors can travel only within the Seoul metropolitan area and Gangwon-do province. To be eligible for the visa-waiver program, the group of tourists must book through travel agencies designated by the Gangwon-do province. Each tour group must fly in and out of Korea on the same flight. From Oct. 1, the program will be expanded to visitors from Mongolia.
Resume Issuing Short-Term Visa (C-3) and E-Visa
From June 1, 2022, the South Korean government will resume issuing short-term travel visas (C-3) and e-visas.
A short-term general C-3 visa allows foreigners to enter the country for tourism, transit, visiting relatives, marketing research, or similar reasons and to stay in South Korea for up to 90 days.
An e-visa is issued online for foreigners with excellent skills, foreign patients, or group tourists.
This short-term visa is required for foreigners from countries or regions which is not applicable to K-ETA (visa-free program)
Please, make sure to check with the South Korean embassy or consulate in your country for further details and visa requirements.
List of Countries Currently Eligible for K-ETA (102 countries)
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Poland, Qatar, Republic of South Africa, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela
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