Learn More: ETA
Content update, May 2023
Explore South Korea! Apply here for your ETA
What is the South Korea ETA?
The South Korea ETA is a mandatory travel document required by Korean immigration authorities for visitors whose nationality is exempted from a visa.
It is part of the new travel measures implemented in May 2021, and it must be completed within 24 hours before the visitors arrive in the country. Otherwise, access will be denied.
Once it is approved, you can travel to South Korea with this visa that has a duration of two years from the moment you receive it.
Who can travel to South Korea with the ETA?
If your passport is from one of these nationalities, you can enter South Korea with the ETA.
Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, UK crown dependencies and overseas territories, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela are eligible to apply for the South Korea ETA.
Who doesn’t need to apply for the South Korea ETA?
Starting from April 1, 2023, until December 31, 2024, visitors from 22 countries/regions will not require a South Korea ETA. This move was initiated by the South Korean government to celebrate "Visit Korea Year". The countries/regions included in this initiative are:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK, and US (including Guam).
However, please note that citizens of these countries/regions can still apply for a K-ETA online, which will allow them to skip filling out an arrival card upon arrival at the South Korean airport. To avoid any inconvenience and save time during your arrival, we recommend that you apply for a K-ETA online with iVisa.
Benefits of getting the South Korea ETA with iVisa
Application 100% Government Compliant: Our iVisa team will review each one of the answers you give on the form and adjust them to be 100% compliant with the government requirements.
Simplified Form: While on the Embassy website, you will have to answer confusing and tedious questions, at iVisa, you will only have to answer a simplified form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.
Fill out the form at your own pace: With the iVisa platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.
iVisa values your safety: That is why we have a solid security system to protect your personal information. We recommend you go over to our reviews section and read what our past customers have said about our services. We’re sure you’ll find them to your liking.
How to get the South Korea ETA?
To apply for the K-ETA online with iVisa you just need to follow these simple steps below, and you’ll be done in no time:
Step one. Fill out our simplified application form with your personal information. Once you’re done, you can select how fast you want to receive your travel document. We have three different speed options.
Step two. Double-check that all the information in the application form is correct. We want to avoid any issues with your application. All the details need to match your supporting documents. Once you’re sure everything is correct, you can proceed to pay the visa fee with a credit/debit card or PayPal.
Step three. Upload all the supporting documents and submit your visa application form. Make sure that the scan is clear and has no smudges.
Visit our application page to get your South Korea ETA right away!
Present the ETA at the airport
Once you submit your form, our team will process your request, and they will take care of the procedure. If it is approved, you will receive a confirmation email together with your South Korea ETA. Make sure to print it and present it to immigration authorities when you arrive.
Visit the FAQS below to check more information about the South Korea ETA.
Where can I learn more?
In case you have any questions about the K-ETA or any other travel document, you can reach out to our outstanding customer support team online or by email: [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to assist you in case you run into any difficulties. Visit the FAQs below to solve any other questions you may have about this type of travel document.
Required Documents to Apply
- Applicant's photo
The K-ETA is a Multiple Entry travel document with a validity period of 2 years after arrival.
If you have more than one nationality, you should choose the nationality of the passport that you are going to use for the trip.
Your passport must be valid by the time of your trip to South Korea. It must be a regular passport.
If you get a new passport for any reason, you will need to re-apply for a new K-ETA.
Starting from April 1, 2023, until December 31, 2024, travelers from 22 countries/regions won’t need to apply for a South Korea ETA.
If you want to know if you are exempted from applying, you can check the Learn More section below, or use our handy iVisa Checker Tool.
It is highly recommended that you keep your K-ETA with you either as a soft copy (smartphone, tablet, etc.) or as a hard copy in case of any failure in the system.
iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.
My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
What can I do if my South Korea ETA application has been canceled or rejected?
iVisa will check your data and review your documents. If there are any errors along the way, the team will correct them not to risk getting a rejection. However, the South Korean government could ultimately reject it. If this is the case, you can obtain a full refund of the iVisa processing fee according to the number of applicants rejected. However, the government fee is non-refundable.
Recheck your application and decide whether you want to apply for it again and acquire the South Korea ETA, if so, you can count on the support of iVisa.
I have both Korean and foreign nationality. Do I need to apply for a K-ETA?
I want to change the status of my stay after entering Korea via a K-ETA. Is it possible?
How do processing times work?
Where can I read more?
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