Requirements for South Korean regular visa

General requirements for visa applications

  • A valid passport and a copy of the passport (6 months validity rule)
  • A visa application form duly completed for all applicants.
  • 1 passport-size photo (3.5 “x 4.5” in color) for the visa application form.
  • Price: $40 (single entry, less than 90 days), $60 (single entry, more than 90 days), $90 (multiple entries). Fees may vary depending on your country.

Processing time: 10 working days minimum after receipt of all required documents

Six-month validity rule: This means that your passport must be valid for at least six months before you are allowed to enter Korea.

Additional documents required for different visa status

A-1 Diplomats

This includes Mission order, certificate of function, or official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certifying the status of the diplomat. A diplomatic passport is required.

A-2 Official Mission

Temporary mission order, certificate of function or official letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs certifying his status (a clear statement stating that he/she is on official mission must be included in the letter). The official passport or card identification (professional card) is required.

A-3 Agreement

Mission order, certificate of function or official letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs certifying his status (a clear statement stating that he/she is on official mission must be included in the letter)

The official passport or the identification (professional card) is required.

Dependents:

  • Spouse: a copy of marriage certificate
  • Child: a copy of the birth certificate

C-1 Temporary Media Coverage

This includes certificate of function, or copy of international press.

C-3 Short Term Visit

Participation in various events: Meetings, Tourism etc.

  • Documents proving the purpose of the stay
  • Documents proving and presenting the meeting
  • Documents relating to the creation of the institution hosting the meeting (a copy of the register, of the company)
  • Documents relating to the guest (card identity, certificate of function)
  • Documents relating to routes, tickets, bank statements, and addresses in South Korea.

C-4 Temporary employment

This visa is for temporary entertainment or advertising/modeling.

  • If the applicants are willing to interpret, following the performance regulations.
  • The performance recommendation letter from the quality films committee.
  • Performance plan

Those who wish to perform in a hotel or place of entertainment other than those described in article 1 of the code on the promotion of tourism.

  • The performance recommendation letter from the quality films committee
  • Performance plan
  • Qualification or career certificate

Others

  • Employment contract
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A copy of the commercial register of the organization

D-1 Cultural Arts

  • Invitation letter
  • Documents proving the existence of the organization of culture and art
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Documents proving the capacity to pay all expenses during the stay

D-2 Study Abroad

Persons wishing to study at a high level (license, master, doctorate)

  • Korean school register
  • Letter of admission (issued by the dean of the university) specifying the educational and financial situation of the applicant.
  • Certificate of last academic achievement (Diploma or official and original transcripts sealed)
  • Original bank statement (13,000 USD per year)

People wishing to undertake specific studies

  • Korean school register
  • A certificate of the last academic achievement
  • Reference or originals of the documents which prove the financial means.
  • (Reference not applicable for adopted children who had Korean nationality at birth)

D-4 General Training

Those who study Korean at a Korean school attached to a university.

  • Copy of Korean school register
  • Tuition fee payment
  • Graduation certificate or registration certificate
  • – Financial document (bank statement, over $ 3000 (USD) or one payment or exchange certificate)

D-5 Journalism

A secondment mandate, a certificate of function

  • A license to set up a branch and agency or financial documents of a branch and agency.

D-6 Religious Affairs

  • A secondment mandate
  • A copy of the permit for the foundation of a religious body or social assistance organization
  • Documents which prove the financial support of their organization

D-7 Transfer of an Inter-Supervisory Company

  • A shipping mandate and a certificate of function
  • A copy of the branch or the installation permit of the liaison office
  • Documents proving the goodwill, import register or a copy of the business plan
  • Situation annual tax

D-8 Business investment

  • A shipping mandate or a certificate of function
  • A foreign investment report (a copy of the trade register) or a copy of the company’s investment registration