Visa

Ministry of Foreign Affair http://www.mofa.go.kr/eng/index.do
Korean Immigration Service http://www.immigration.go.kr/HP/IMM80/index.do
Korea Visa Portal https://www.visa.go.kr
Visa Information

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, nationals of 115 countries(as specified below) who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to a mutual visa-waiver agreement (69 countries, Table 1) or in accordance with principles of reciprocity and national interest (46 countries, Table 2).

[Table 1] Countries under visa Waiver Agreement (as of Feb 21,2018)

Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a Korean visa suitable for their purpose.

Country / Period (days)
Asia
Bangladesh / 90 Israel / 90 Kazakhstan / 30
Malaysia / 3 month Pakistan / 3 month Singapore / 90
Thailand / 90 Turkey / 90 United Arab Emirates / 90
America
Antigua and Barbuda / 90 Barbados / 90 Brazil / 90
Chile / 90 Columbia / 90 Costa Rica / 90
Dominica / 90 Dominican Republic / 90 El Salvador / 90
Grenada / 90 Guatemala / 90 Heiti / 90
Jamaica / 90 Mexico / 3 month Nicaragua / 90
Panama / 90 Peru / 90 Saint Kitts Nevis / 90
Saint Lucia / 90 Saint Vincent and The Grenadines / 90 Surinam / 90
The Bahamas / 90 Trinidad Tobago / 90 Uruguay / 90
Venezuela / 90
Europe
Austria / 90 Belgium / 3 month Bulgaria / 90
Denmark / 90 Estonia / 90 Finland / 90
France / 90 Germany / 90 Greece / 3 month
Hungary / 90 Iceland / 90 Ireland / 90
Italy / 90 Latvia / 90 Lichtenstein / 3 month
Lithuania / 90 Luxembourg / 3 month Malta / 90
Netherlands / 3 month Norway / 90 Poland / 90
Portugal / 60 Romania / 90 Russia / 60
Slovakia / 90 Spain / 90 Sweden / 90
Switzerland / 3 month The Czech Republic / 90 The united Kingdom / 90
Africa & Oceania
Lesotho / 60 Liberia / 90 Morocco / 90
Tunisia / 30 New Zealand / 3 month

 

[Table 2] Countries of Regions under principles of reciprocity and national interest

Considering international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions. (As of September 1, 2018).

Country / Period (days)
Asia
Bahrain / 90 Brunei / 30 Hong Kong / 90
Japan / 90 Kuwait / 90 Macao / 90
Oman / 30 Qatar / 30 Saudi Arabia / 30
Taiwan / 90
Oceania
Australia / 90 Fiji / 30 Guam / 30
Kiribati / 30 Micronesia / 30 Marshall Islands / 30
Nauru / 30 New Caledonia / 30 Palau / 30
Samoa / 30 Solomon Islands / 30 Tuvalu / 30
Tonga / 30
North America
Canada / 6 month United States / 90
South America
Argentina / 30 Ecuador / 30 Guyana / 30
Honduras / 30 Paraguay / 30
Europe
Albania / 30 Andorra / 30 Croatia / 90
Cyprus / 30 Monte Negro / 30 Monaco / 30
San Marino / 30 Serbia / 90 Slovenia / 90
Vatican / 30 Bosnia-Herzegovina / 30
Africa
Botswana / 30 Seychelles / 30 South Africa / 30
Swaziland / 30 Mauritius / 30

Invitation Letter

Tips for Invitation Letter
  • We would like to inform you that the Organizing Committee will be pleased to provide an official invitation letter to those who need it for Visa application to enter the Republic of Korea.
  • The Letter is not a commitment on the part of the organizer to provide any financial support. This request will be processed as a part of the online registration system.
  • The official invitation letter, to be used for application of visa, will be available ONLY to those who have completed the registration payment.

In this regard, please find the following tips:

Invitation Letter at the ICCVA-ASCA 2019 website

Please access 'My Page' with your registered ID (e-mail) and Password and click on ‘Invitation Letter’ to print out a copy of the original invitation letter in color.

Notarized Invitation Letter
  • Request of notarized invitation letter can not be available after May 1(Wed.), 2019.
  • USD 50 will be charged for the notary and air courier (EMS), and you will be required to make the payment by wire transfer or credit card as a part of online registration process.
  • Please send a copy of your passport to the secretariat by email (reg@iccva2019.org).
  • If you are not sure whether you need a notarized letter of invitation for visa issuance, please check with the Korea Embassy in your country.