Tourist & Business Visas
Visitors from countries not under Visa Exemption Agreements must apply
for a visa extension if planning to stay for more than 30 days.
Depending to the situation of the consulate, the visa extension will
be issued 1 to 3 days from the day of application. Applicants require
a completed application form, a recent passport-size colour photo and
application fee. Visitors do not require the outbound flight ticket.
Visa extensions are usually for 90 days.
All visas including long-term visas are for a single visit. Therefore
anyone who wishes to leave the country and re-enter later on during
the allowed period of stay should obtain the Re-entry Permit from the
Ministry of Justice prior to departure. For business visas, the
intention of activities must be clearly stated on the visa application
form. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Homepage:
Visitors may obtain work visas in their home country with the
endorsement of the employer in Korea. If the visitor is already in
Korea, he/she must obtain the work visa from an embassy or consulate
in a country outside Korea. Work visas are usually valid for 1 year
from the date of issue and take about 2-4 weeks to process. Work visa
extensions are possible if visitor remains with the same employer.
Visitors with work visas must obtain a residence permit from the
Immigration Office. Visitors engaging in remunerative activities
without a work visa can be subject to fines and deportation.
Visa application should be made at Korean Embassies or consulates
- It is required for the visa applicants to submit passport,
application forms, a recent
passport-style color photograph, and such other documents as
determined by the
status of stay.
- Visa fees are as follows:
a. Single entry visa for a stay of no more than 90 days : USD30
b. Single entry visa for a stay of more than 90 days : USD50
c. Multiple entry visa : USD80
d. Prolongation of Reentry Permit : USD20
*For Citizens of United States of America, multiple entry visa fee is
USD45 on the basis of
reciprocity since the mutual agreement in 1994.
Extensions for tourist
visas are possible in special cases such as accidents, health
problems, flight cancellation, etc. Applications for visa extensions
can be made at local immigration office at least one day before the
day of expiration.
- Alien Registration
Immigration Bureau : http://www.moj.go.kr/immi/08_english/index_e.html
A Korean embassy or consulate can issue two types of visa: a
short-term visa for the visitor who wants to stay up to 90 days and a
special long-term visa for periods longer than 90 days. A visitor with
a special long-term visa is required to apply for alien registration
at a local immigration office within 90 days of arrival.
319-2, Sinjeong 6
(yuk)-dong, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
Subway: At Omokgyo (Mok-dong Stadium) Station exit 7. Go
straight for about 10 minutes.
1-17, Hangdong 7 (chil)-ga,
Bus: Take Incheon City Bus #3, #12 or #24 to Jungbu Police
Station. 10 minutes on foot
International Airport Immigration Office mainly handles
procedures pertaining to entry and departure of Korea.
17-26, 4-ga, Juang-dong,
Subway: Juang-dong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1) 10 minutes
Immigration Office mainly handles procedures pertaining to entry
and departure of Korea.
Directions: Take any city bus to Jeju Girls' Commercial High
Korea Customs Service: http://www.customs.go.kr/hp/homepage/eng/index.htm
A written baggage declaration must be submitted to a customs officer
upon entry. Passengers must clear customs through either green, white,
or red channel. Passengers who have no articles to declare should use
the green channel. If a passenger declares non-duty-free articles
voluntarily, the declared amount will be accepted and the clearance
procedure will be expedited.
Visitor's (non-resident's) goods which will be taken out of Korea upon
departure. (The total quantity of the goods should be declared for
duty exemption.) Goods which were declared upon departure from Korea
and are being brought back. 1 bottle (not over 1 liter) of alcoholic
beverages 200 cigarettes (50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco)
2 ounces of perfume For further information on goods subject to
declaration and prohibited goods, please contact the Customs
Information Office at Incheon International Airport.
Tel) +82-32-740-3100 or +82-80-742-7272
Guidelines for Currency Regulation
Passengers entering Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency
valuing over USD 10,000 must declare it to Customs official. Departing
non-residents of Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency
(including traveler's or bank checks) valuing more than USD10,000 must
obtain permission from the bank of Korea or Customs, not including any
amount carried into Korea and declared on arrival, which may be
carried out without declaration to Customs. Residents of Korea must
declare any currency or negotiable checks more than USD10,000 upon
departure. Please be aware that violators of these regulations are
liable to be fined and/or otherwise penalized under the Foreign
Exchange Transactions Act.
National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service:
National Plant Quarantine Service:
All live animals and animal products entering Korea must be
accompanied by valid certificates issued by the exporting country's
government. Declare all import animals and animal products upon
arrival to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service,
where they must be inspected. Cloven-hoofed animals and their products
that are shipped from import-restricted areas will be sent back or
destroyed. For details, please contact the National Veterinary
Research and Quarantine Service.
Passengers who carry an plants or soil including fruits (mango,
orange, papaya, etc.), vegetables, seeds, orchids, nursery stock or
cut flowers, etc., must describe the items on the Customs Declaration
Form and immediately declare them upon arrival.
Import restricted items and areas
Fresh fruits, such as mango, orange, papaya, cherry, etc.: all
Nursery stock of apple, grape, etc.: most European countries
Walnut fruit and kernel: most countries Soil or plants with soil: all
If you have any question about plant quarantines, please contact
National Plant Quarantine
Tel) +82-31-446-1926 / +82-31-445-6934