Countries eligible for South Korean regular visa

All foreigners wishing to travel to the country of South Korea must have a valid passport and a visa issued by the Korean authorities (the Korean Embassy or the Consulate General). However, it is possible to stay in Korea without a visa for the period, according to the visa waiver agreement.

For more details, please consult the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Korean Embassy located in your country.

Visa-exempt country for holders of regular passports

Asia (8 countries)

  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Taiwan
  • Brunei (30 days)
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand

America (32 countries)

  • United States
  • Canada (6 months)
  • Guyana (30 days)
  • Guatemala
  • Grenada
  • Nicaragua
  • Dominican Republic
  • Dominica
  • Mexico
  • Barbados
  • Bahamas
  • Venezuela
  • Brazil
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Saint Kitts -and-Nevis
  • Suriname
  • Argentina (30 days)
  • Haiti
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Ecuador
  • Salvador
  • Honduras (30 days)
  • Uruguay
  • Jamaica
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Panama
  • Paraguay (30 days)
  • Peru

Europe(43 countries)

  • Andorra (30 days)
  • Monaco (30 days)
  • Republic of San Marino (30 days)
  • Cyprus (30 days)
  • Albania (30 days)
  • Croatia
  • Slovenia
  • Vatican (30 days)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (30 days )
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro (30 days)
  • Greece
  • Netherlands
  • Norway (90 days in 180 days)
  • Denmark (90 days in 180 days)
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Russia (60 days / 90 days over 180 days)
  • Romania
  • Luxembourg
  • Lithuania
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Belgian
  • Bulgaria
  • Sweden (90 days over 180 days)
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • Slovakia
  • Iceland (90 days over 180 days)
  • Ireland
  • Estonia (90 days over 180 days)
  • United Kingdom
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Czech Republic
  • Kazakhstan (30 days)
  • Turkey
  • Portugal (90 days over 180 days)
  • Poland
  • France90 days over 180 days)
  • Hungary

Oceania (13 countries)

  • Australia
  • Guam (30 days) Fiji (30 days)
  • Nauru (30 days)
  • Palau (30 days)
  • Kiribati (30 days)
  • Marshall Islands (30 days)
  • Solomon Islands (30 days)
  • Micronesia (30 days)
  • Samoa (30 days)
  • Tuvalu (30 days)
  • Tonga (30 days)
  • New Zealand

Africa and the Middle East (16 countries)

  • Republic of South Africa (30 days)
  • Mauritius (30 days)
  • Seychelles (30 days)
  • Swaziland (30 days)
  • Botswana
  • Morocco
  • Saudi Arabia (30 days)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman (30 days)
  • Qatar (30 days)
  • Kuwait
  • Bahrain (30 days)
  • Liberia
  • Lesotho (60 days)
  • Israel
  • Tunisia (30 days)

Countries exempt from visa for holders of service passports and diplomatic passports

The service passport is a passport issued to people traveling on an official mission from their country.

  • Finland (Diplomatic passport/service passport (39 countries)
  • Indonesia (30 days)
  • Lebanon (30 days)
  • Gabon
  • Bolivia
  • Ukraine
  • Laos
  • Cyprus
  • Armenia
  • Japan
  • Mozambique
  • Argentina
  • Georgia
  • Moldova (90 days for 180 days)
  • Azerbaijan (30 days)
  • China (30 days)
  • Mongolia
  • Algeria
  • Cape Verde
  • Myanmar
  • Angola (30 days)
  • Cambodia (60 days)
  • Vanuatu
  • Oman
  • Croatia
  • Bangladesh
  • Kuwait (90 days in 180 days)
  • Kyrgyzstan ( 30 days)
  • Benin
  • Ecuador
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam
  • Iran (3 months)
  • Paraguay
  • Belarus
  • Egypt
  • Pakistan (3 months)
  • Belize
  • India
  • Phillippines (no time limit)

Diplomatic passport (3 countries)

  • Jordan
  • Uzbekistan (60 days),
  • Turkmenistan (30 days)

Countries requiring a visa to enter South Korea

List of countries requiring a visa to enter South Korea

(1) Diplomatic passport / service passport / regular passport (35 countries)

  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Timor-Leste
  • Libya
  • Rwanda
  • Malawi
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Maldives
  • Burundi
  • Burkina Faso
  • Bhutan
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • The central African Republic
  • Djibouti
  • Zimbabwe
  • Chad
  • Cape Verde
  • Kenya
  • Comoros
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic Congo
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Papua New Guinea

(2) Service passport / regular passport (2 countries)

  • Jordan
  • Turkmenistan

(3) Regular passport (25 countries)

  • Gabon
  • Mozambique
  • Moldova
  • Vanuatu
  • Bolivia
  • Armenia
  • Angola
  • Oman
  • Ukraine
  • Georgia
  • China
  • Tajikistan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Mongolia
  • Vietnam
  • Benin
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Azerbaijan
  • Algeria
  • Indonesia
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Philippines

Duration of stay: Different depending on the country.