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Entering Korea                                 

While entering Korea, foreign nationals are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa assigned by overseas branch of Korean embassy or consular offices.

Visa
Visitors who are planning to visit Korea must have a valid Korean visa. There are different kinds of visas for different purposes for different countries’ citizens: Touristic, Business, Professional, Work, Study, and Medical Treatment are the most common visas.

Korean visa application procedure takes 3-4 days, if no seasonal irregularities and force major conditions are being experienced. Application Form, passport, one 3.5x4.5cm photo (taken max. 6 month before), and the documents which may vary according to your country, and visa fee are needed for application.

There are many permitted visa-free for a limited period under certain conditions: “Citizens of the Countries under the Visa Exemption Agreement", diplomatic & special passport owners. It is strongly advised that travelers must check their countries status before traveling to Korea.

To access to detailed info on visas, please click Ministry of Foreign Affair’s link.

To learn more about visa applications, please click Korea Visa Portal’s link.

Entry
Since January 2012, every passenger over 17 have to attend to fingerprint and facial recognition scans at the airport or the port they are entering Korea. Collected data is only used to prevent possible crimes and to increase public security.

This mandatory process is not valid for foreign governmental employees, international organization representatives and the visitors invited by Korean government.

Border Pass Protocol
1. Controlling the visitor’s arrival card and passport
2. Fingerprinting the visitor
3. Photographing the visitor without accessories such as sunglasses, hat, etc.

Necessary Documents
1.     Arrival Card:  Foreigners must fill this card before entering.
2.     Customs Declaration Form: For entry this form is a must. One form will be enough for a family.

Quarantine Survey: For the passengers coming from the countries in which contagious illnesses like cholera, yellow fever, plague are seen must fill this form.