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VisaHQ has all you need to apply for any of the available online visas issued to be eligible under the visa waiver program. You can apply for a tourist, business, and transit visa with VisaHQ by filling out the application form, attaching the required documents, and submitting it for approval. 

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South Korea ETA for tourism

The tourist ETA is a travel permit for tourists coming to Korea to spend their vacation, tour the country, attend a social event, or even visit family and friends. This document is not a visa per SE, as it is only issued to visitors who are nationals from countries on the visa-exempt list. The ETA is issued as a multiple-entry travel document and is available online with two years validity. Depending on your nationality, you can stay in South Korea for 30-60 days unless, in the case of Canadians, you can stay for up to 180 days.

The application process is faster than a consular visa as you don’t have to visit the Korean embassy or consulate to apply for it. You can apply for it from the comfort of your home and second the hassle of waiting for an arrival card at the border.

Port of Entry

Visitors can enter South Korea with an electronic travel authorization permit using any of these airports.

  • Jeiu International Airport – Gimpo International Airport – Incheon International Airport – Gimhae International Airport

South Korea ETA for Business

Are you a business visitor with business interests or activities in South Korea? You can apply for an ETA for business if you are from an eligible country. This travel permit is for investors, professionals, representatives of companies, suppliers, consultants, and more. The business ETA is not a work visa as it is not suited for any activity that will earn the holder monetary reward for their effort. Instead, it is not noncommercial activity.

Business ETAs are issued as multiple entry travel permits, and the holder can stay in South Korea for 30, 60, 90, or 180 days, depending on their passport. Visitors are expected to complete their tasks and exit the country before their permits expire, but if they need more time, they must submit an application for an extension at the local immigration office.

Port of Entry

Visitors can enter South Korea with an electronic travel authorization permit using any of these airports

• Jeiu International Airport – Gimpo International Airport – Incheon International Airport – Gimhae International Airport

Fill out South Korea Tourist visa application form online

and send the following documents to VisaHQ:
  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign South Korea visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

  • Itinerary. Copy of confirmed round trip tickets or itinerary.

  • Cover Letter. A covering letter from the Indian Company/Applicant requesting for visa on company letter head mentioning name, designation, passport number, duration of visit in brief. The letter should be duly signed by authorized signatory with company stamp.

  • Bank statement. Original personal bank statements for the last six months duly stamped and signed by the authorized signatory of the bank till date.

  • Employment letter. Copy of a letter from your employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Letter of Invitation. Original Invitation letter on company's letter head from the host company is required(for business).

  • Business registration. A copy of the Indian company's registration certificate.

  • Income Tax Return. For Self Employed applicants - Personal & Company's ITR for last 3 yrs. For Employed applicants - Personal ITR for last 3 yrs.

  • Salary statement. Salary slips last six months if employed

  • Inviting Company's Registration . Copy of Business registration certificate for the South Korea company.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign South Korea visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a surcharge associated with this service.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of the front and last pages of your valid passport. If applicant is a foreigner then the data page and Indian visa page copy are also to be submitted.

  • Itinerary. Copy of confirmed round trip tickets or itinerary.

  • Bank statement. Original personal bank statements for the last six months duly stamped and signed by the authorized signatory of the bank till date.

  • Employment letter. Copy of a letter from your employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Proof of accommodation. Copy of confirmed hotel reservations.

  • Personal letter. A personal letter from the applicant addressed to the Embassy of South Korea, explaining the purpose of the trip, dates of travel, cities to be visited, and place of accommodation. If self employed this letter should be on business letter head.

  • Income Tax Return. Scanned Income Tax Return.

  • Daily Travel Plan. A detailed travel schedule is required.

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A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • Applicants can also apply for Express Visa.
    Minimum processing time for express visa is to 2 business days from the time of submission. Below mentioned are the Eligibility criteria to apply for Express Visa. Applicant must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible for Express Visa:
    Applicants must have got the Confirmation of Visa Issuance No. from Korea.
    Applicants must have visited Korea with Multiple Entry Visa in the past.
    Applicants must have visited Korea at least two times in last 2 years.
    Applicants must have visited Korea at least three times in last 5 years.
  • Note: A seperate letter of Employment Certificate is required mentioning the Name, Designation, Date of Joining, Period of Employment and Salary. This is a mandatory requirement. Invitation letter from the Korean company, should have the following information. Invitee's details, such as full name and DOB. Invitee's details, such as in case of companies, name and phone no. of the person in-charge and in case of individuals, inviter's full name, ID no. (Foreigner Registration No.) and phone number.

South Korea Tourist visa fees for citizens of India

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeGSTIN (18%)Total cost
Single entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
3 business days
Embassy fee:6830.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:13908.82 INR
13908.82 INR
Single entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:7530.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:14608.82 INR
14608.82 INR
Single entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:4500.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:16298.82 INR
16298.82 INR
Single entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2 business days
Embassy fee:4900.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:16698.82 INR
16698.82 INR
Double entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
3 business days
Embassy fee:963.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:8041.82 INR
8041.82 INR
Double entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:8230.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:15308.82 INR
15308.82 INR
Double entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:4900.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:16698.82 INR
16698.82 INR
Double entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2 business days
Embassy fee:77000.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:88798.82 INR
88798.82 INR
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:8230.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:15308.82 INR
15308.82 INR
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
3 business days
Embassy fee:11030.00 INR
Service fee:5999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1079.82 INR
Total cost:18108.82 INR
18108.82 INR
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:6700.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:18498.82 INR
18498.82 INR
Multiple entry (90 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 90 days
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
2 business days
Embassy fee:9100.00 INR
Service fee:9999.00 INR
GSTIN (18%):1799.82 INR
Total cost:20898.82 INR
20898.82 INR
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South Korea Visa Policy

South Korea has an active immigration policy that regulates the immigration of foreign nations coming for short or long-term visits and residency. Under the current policy, visitors coming from other countries require visas unless otherwise stated. The country has visa waiver agreements with a host of countries which allows their citizens to visit South Korea for short trips without needing visas. However, those not from visa-exempt countries or all visitors coming for study, employment, diplomatic missions, and residency must obtain a visa before entering the country.

There are two ways to apply for legal entry into the country. One option is to visit the South Korean consulate in your country to apply for a long-stay visa. This option is immigration visas that last for one year or more. The second option is to apply for electronic travel authorization if you are coming for a short visit that will last for six months or less.

The South Korean Electronic Travel Authorization

South Korea has an online travel authorization called the South Korean ETA. This program. It was introduced in 2017 by the government for visa-free visitors, and it became mandatory in September 2021 for all visitors from visa-exempt countries coming for tournaments, business, and transit. Currently, there are more than 110 countries on the visa-exempt list, and these nationals are eligible for K- ETA, as it is popularly called.

This travel document is valid for 2 years from the day it is issued and it is a multiple entry visa.  This means that you can travel to South Korea multiple times as long as the ETA is valid but note that it will expire once the passport it is attached to expires.

The number of days you can stay in the country depends on your nationality.  While Canadians can stay for up to 180 days, other nationalities vary from 30 days to 90 days.

Note: South Korea ETA list is ever evolving as new countries are added and some taken out. Always consult the eligibility list before applying.

Temporary Visa Exemptions for South Korean ETA

Starting from April 1st, 2023, until 31st December 2024, the South Korean government has removed the mandatory requirements for selected nationalities to require ETA before entering the country. This exemption is specially put in place for visitors coming to celebrate the Visit Korea Year. The eligible nationalities who can visit South Korea can enter the country without ETAs to celebrate the national feast but after this period, this document will be requested for entry.

Key Information About South Korea ETA

It is Not A Visa: First and foremost, you should know that this travel document is not a visa and should not be treated as such. It is simply a permit that allows eligible visitors to enter the country without the need to visit the embassy for a consular visa. This permit was designed to decongest embassies and ease travel.

Only For Visa Exempt Nationals: The ETA program is designed for nationals who come from recognized countries under the visa waiver program. Although they are visa exempt, they still need an ETA before they can enter the country. If you are still determining your eligibility, consult the eligibility list at the top of this page to be sure.

Not For Residency: Note that, unlike consular visas like work, study, and residency visas, ETAs are nonresidential visas issued for only short visits. If you wish to stay for more than the approved days or you wish to work or study, you should get a Consular visa instead.

Use Approved Routes: South Korea ETA can only be used to rent the country through approved airports. As for the transit visa, international travelers must use Incheon International Airport only, as this is where the document is recognized. You will likely be denied entry if you use a different airport.

Not Transferable: The ETA can’t be used by more than one person. The standard rule is one person per ETA. Minors are also expected to have their own authorizations before they can be allowed into the country. Parents must provide Civil Status documents like a birth certificate to prove their parental status, while guardians must provide a proof of parental consent letter signed and verified by authorities in their countries that they have the permission of the child’s parents to bring them for the trip. These documents are required to combat child trafficking.

Not For Work: The South Korean ETA is not for employment, so you are not allowed to work during your time in the country. This document is only for short-term, tourist, business, or transit visitors. If you want to work in South Korea or have secured employment with an employer in the country, you should apply for a work visa instead by visiting the embassy or consulate in your country. Your employer may also assist you with the process.

Leave Before Your Visa Expires: Make sure you leave before your visa expires. To be on the safe side, mark the date of your visa or the last day of grace for visits and endeavor to leave the country on or before the day. It is a gross violation to overstay, and violators will be fined before they can leave or, in the worst cases, banned from entering the country outright.

Linked To Passport: Your ETA is linked to your passport so endeavor to travel to South Korea with the same passport you used for the application. Your passport number and biometric details is what will be used to generate your ETA data at the port of entry. If you travel with a different passport you will not be allowed into the country on grounds of not having a valid entry document. So make sure you travel with the same passport and if yours will expire soon apply for a new passport before the ETA.

South Korea Visa Online – Get your South Korea e-Visa with VisaHQ

Are you looking to travel to South Korea anytime soon? Do you want a stress-free visa application method? VisaHQ is exactly the platform you need for your online visa applications. If you are eligible for an online visa or electronic authorization, you don’t have to visit the South Korean embassy in your country; from the comfort of your home, you can fill out and submit an online application form, and you are good to go.

How To obtain A Visa With VisaHQ

ETA applicants can apply for an electronic travel authorization for South Korea with Visa in a few steps as outlined below.

Fill out The Form: The first thing you must do is navigate to the application page, select the visa you want, and fill out the form appropriately. This form contains sections for travel Itinerary information, passport, and personal information. Endeavor to complete the form with accurate information.

Upload Documents: Since it is an online application form, you don’t have to submit hard documents, as only soft copies will be required. Upload all the required documents, pay the application fee with your card, and submit for approval.

Get The Visa: The process can take 24-72 hours before you receive it in your inbox.

Why Use VisaHQ?

VisaHQ is the best option if you are looking for a smooth and secure platform for your online visa and ETA applications. As long as you are from an eligible country and your documents are up to date, you can get your application approved. Our platform is

  • User friendly
  • Secure
  • A great option for applying for multiple visas
  • A source of technical support when required

We are present in 6 countries across two continents and have the experience to ensure your application is successful. Visit our application page now to submit yours now.

South Korea COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    South Korea's borders are now open for travel.
    Prior to arrival requirements
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    📝Health form and a Travel Record Declaration must be presented to the quarantine desk upon arrival.
    Upon arrival restrictions
    😷Masks are recommended.

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