VISA

Upon request the conference secretariat will be pleased to send a personal invitation for participation of the conference. It should be understood that an invitation is only to help participants raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. General questions about VISA problems to the conference secretary: jchoi@uos.ac.kr.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade - http://www.mofat.go.kr
Immigration Bureau - http://www.immigration.go.kr

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.

 
[Table1] Countries under Visa Exemption Agreements
 
Country/Period(days)
Europe Austria / 90
Belgium / 90
Bulgaria / 90
Czech Republic / 90
Denmark / 90
Estonia / 90
Finland / 90
France / 90
Greece / 90
Germany / 90
Hungary / 90
Iceland / 90
Ireland / 90
Italy / 60
Liechtenstein / 90
Luxembourg / 90
Malta / 90
Netherlands / 90
Norway / 90
Portugal / 60
Poland / 90
Romania / 90
Spain / 90
Slovak Republic / 90
Sweden / 90
Switzerland / 90
United Kingdom / 90
Asia and Oceania Bangladesh / 90
Israel / 90
Malaysia / 90
New Zealand / 90
Pakistan / 90
Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90
Turkey / 90
Americas Antigua and Barbuda / 90
Bahamas / 90
Barbados / 90
Brazil / 90
Colombia / 90
Costa Rica / 90
Common wealth of Dominica / 90
Dominican Republic / 90
El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90
Haiti / 90
Jamaica / 90
Mexico / 90
Nicaragua / 90
Panama / 90
Peru / 90
St. Lucia / 90
St. Kitts and Nevis / 90
St. Vincent & the Grenadines / 90
Surinam / 90
Trinidad and Tobago / 90
Asia and Oceania Lesotho / 60
Liberia / 90
Morocco / 90 Tunisia / 30
 
[Table2] Countries or Regions under principles of reciprocity and national interest
 
Country/Period(days)
Asia Brunei / 30
Hong Kong / 90
Japan / 90
Kuwait / 30
Macao / 30
Oman / 30
Qatar / 30
Saudi Arabia/ 30
Taiwan / 30
United Arab emirates / 30
Yemen / 30
North America Canada / 180 Canada / 180
South America Argentina / 90
Chile / 90
Guatemala / 30
Honduras / 30
Paraguay / 30
Honduras / 30
Paraguay / 30
Europe Albania / 30
Croatia / 90
Cyprus / 30
Latvia / 90
Lithuania / 90
Monaco / 30
Slovenia / 90
Vatican / 30
Oceania Australia / 90
Fiji / 30
Guam / 30
Kiribati / 30
Marshall Islands/ 30
Palau / 30
Nauru / 30
New Caledonia / 30
Africa Republic of South Africa / 30 Swaziland / 30
 
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 colorful 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.

 
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.