Get your South Korea visa online


Since September 2021, an online K-ETA application requirement has been imposed for countries in the visa waiver programme. The K-ETA is an electronic travel permit issued via a website that allows individuals from 112 eligible countries to land on Korean soil. It is valid for two years for stays of between 30 and 90 days, whether for tourism, events, visits or even business purposes.


Do I need a visa and who can go to South Korea without a visa?

Nationals of countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United States and most European and Latin American countries do not need a visa to travel to South Korea. For all tourist stay less than 3 months, a visa is not required. Since September 2021, visa-exempt travellers have been required to apply for and obtain the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization or K-ETA before boarding the plane. To do this, visit the website : or via the mobile application.

The long-stay visa is required prior to departure for a period of more than 3 months. For study, language or work stays of less than 3 months, a visa, plane ticket and valid passport are essential. For countries eligible for K-ETA, changes may occur depending on the Covid-19 situation. It is advisable to register your health information in the Q-Code system before your departure, to simplify the procedure when you arrive at the airport in Korea.


How to get a South Korea visa?

To obtain a visa for the Land of the Morning Calm, you need to go through a few essential steps. The first step is to prepare the application with the essential documents. A letter of invitation may be required depending on the type of trip. The second step is to submit the application to the KVAC centre or on the website for a ETA visa. The next step is to collect the authorisation after the given processing time. You then have to check the document issued, and all that's left to do is catch your flight. It's worth pointing out that the visa is obtained before departure and its validity is checked as soon as you board your flight.

When to do the k-eta?

To apply for authorisation K-ETATo apply, you need to fill in the application form, pay the application fee and wait for a reply. We recommend that you submit the application for authorisation at least 72 hours before the flight to avoid last-minute unforeseen circumstances. We often encounter shortages of the necessary documents, which can extend your application by three days or more. So it's best to make your request in advance to avoid all kinds of inconvenience. You can also call on e-visa authorisation experts to speed up your approval. They will carry out the procedure for you, while providing you with the assurance that your authorisation will be granted.

Which visa to work, live and study in South Korea?

To work in South Korea, the visa issued is called PVT or Working Holiday Permit. It is also known as the H1 Working Holiday, a programme designed for young French people aged 18 to 32 to stay in Korea for up to 1 year. This type of visa allows travellers to work without work being the main reason for their stay. A medical examination is also compulsory to provide you with the document certifying your fitness to work. To live in South Korea, you need a Alien CardThis is a Korean identity card that allows travellers to settle in without any problems. This must be done within the first 90 days of your arrival. And to study, there is a visa called Sajeongan official name issued by the Korean Ministry of Justice to study in South Korea for more than 90 days.


Claudia Bernard

Claudia turned her passion for travel into a sustainable lifestyle by becoming a digital nomad. She explores the globe while working remotely, offering practical advice for those who want to combine work and a passion for travel. Discover her tips for finding the best work spots, managing jet lag and living a balanced nomadic life.

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