Visa waiver countries in South Korea

K-ETA Korea Electronic Travel Authorization K-ETA is required for foreigners entering Korea from visa waiver countries and visa-free countries

22/Jan/2024

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The South Korean government unveiled plans for an electronic system to authorise foreigners without a visa to enter the country in 2018.

On 1st September 2021, the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization K-ETA became necessary.

K-ETA NOT Required for Entry to South Korea for 22 Countries

22 countries are temporarily exempt out of the 110 visa-free countries typically required to have K-ETA when entering South Korea between 1st April 2023 and 31st December 2024.

The full list of 22 countries temporarily exempt from K-ETA are:

  • Australia.
  • Austria.
  • Belgium.
  • Canada.
  • Denmark.
  • Finland.
  • France.
  • Germany,
  • Hong Kong.
  • Italy.
  • Japan.
  • The Netherlands.
  • Macao.
  • New Zealand.
  • Norway.
  • Poland.
  • Singapore.
  • Spain.
  • Sweden.
  • Taiwan.
  • United Kingdom.
  • United States (including Guam).

What do I need to apply for the South Korea ETA?

  • A valid passport.
  • An e-mail address.
  • A credit or debit card.
  • A passport picture.

Where to apply for the K-ETA Korea Electronic Travel Authorization to enter South Korea

You can apply for the electronic authorization K-ETA to enter South Korea

Citizens of the following countries may apply for K-ETA. Travellers may apply for a visa if their K-ETA application has been rejected.

6 months

  • Canada.

90 days

  • European Union citizens (except Cyprus).
  • Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Argentina.
  • Australia.
  • Bahamas.
  • Barbados.
  • Botswana.
  • Brazil.
  • Chile.
  • Colombia.
  • Costa Rica.
  • Dominica.
  • Dominican Republic.
  • Ecuador.
  • El Salvador.
  • Grenada.
  • Guam.
  • Guatemala.
  • Haiti.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Iceland.
  • Israel.
  • Jamaica.
  • Japan.
  • Kuwait.
  • Liechtenstein.
  • Macau.
  • Malaysia.
  • Mexico.
  • Morocco.
  • New Zealand.
  • Nicaragua.
  • Norway.
  • Panama.
  • Peru.
  • Qatar.
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis.
  • Saint Lucia.
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Serbia.
  • Singapore.
  • Suriname.
  • Switzerland.
  • Taiwan.
  • Thailand.
  • Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Turkey.
  • United Arab Emirates.
  • United Kingdom.
  • United States.
  • Uruguay.
  • Venezuela.

60 days

  • Lesotho.
  • Russia.

30 days

  • Albania.
  • Andorra.
  • Bahrain.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Brunei.
  • Cyprus.
  • Eswatini.
  • Fiji.
  • Guyana.
  • Honduras.
  • Kazakhstan.
  • Kiribati.
  • Marshall Islands.
  • Mauritius.
  • Micronesia.
  • Monaco.
  • Montenegro.
  • Nauru.
  • New Caledonia.
  • Oman.
  • Palau.
  • Paraguay.
  • Samoa.
  • San Marino.
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Seychelles.
  • Solomon Islands.
  • South Africa.
  • Tonga.
  • Tunisia.
  • Tuvalu.
  • Vatican City.