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[K-ETA] most relevant FAQs (1)

K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization) is an online electronic authorization for travel to Korea for visa-free foreign visitors, which can be obtained before entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) for the purpose of tourism, to visit relatives, participate in events or meetings, or to conduct business (except profit-making activities).

Korea Electronic Travel Authorization

Pureum Law Office (PLO) has received numerous questions about K-ETA since it was implemented on September 1, 2021, so we summarize the most relevant FAQs below.

Q1. Who can apply for K-ETA (K-ETA Application)?

Due to COVID-19, nationals from 50 countries/regions who want to enter the Republic of Korea visa-free (refer to table 1) can apply for K-ETA.

– Since K-ETA was implemented on September 1, 2021, those who previously entered Korea without a visa should apply for K-ETA. Airlines may refuse boarding for nationals of nations eligible for the program if they do not have a valid K-ETA.

– Nationals from 62 countries/regions (refer to table 2) where visa-free entry has been temporarily suspended are required to obtain a visa from a ROK diplomatic mission (as of January 2022).

[TABLE 1] 50 Eligible Countries and Regions for K-ETA

Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Dominica, Guam, Guyana, Holy See, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark,

Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia,

Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Singapore

[TABLE 2] 62 Countries and Regions Currently Suspended for K-ETA

Asia (16)

Macau, Malaysia, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Hong Kong

Americas (23)

Guatemala, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica,

Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Peru, Canada, Argentina, Honduras, Paraguay, Ecuador

Europe (4)

Russia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia

Oceania (11)

Nauru, New Zealand, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu, Australia

Africa (8)

Republic of South Africa, Lesotho, Morocco, Mauritius, Botswana, Seychelles, Eswatini, Tunisia

Q2. How do I apply for K-ETA?

You can apply for yourself or on behalf of somebody else in English and Korean via the official K-ETA website or by using its mobile application (available on Play Store).


Q3. What purposes of visit are allowed for entry to Korea with K-ETA?

K-ETA is an online travel authorization for nationals of visa-free entry countries need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea for the purpose of tourism, to visit relatives, participate in events or meetings, or to conduct business (excludes profit-making activities). If your purpose of visit falls under these guidelines, you may enter Korea using K-ETA and without a visa. If your purpose of the visit is for employment, study, immigration, etc., then you must obtain an appropriate visa at a ROK diplomatic mission.


Q4. How do I enter an address for where I will be staying?

To search for the address, click the [Find Postal Code] button and enter both the 5-digit postal code and road name (exclude building number) in English in the ‘Address Finder’ pop -up window. Note that Korean text and special characters like hyphens (-) will prevent the process from continuing.


Q5. When uploading my photo, it says that the file size has been exceeded. What do I do?

Due to high traffic volume, there is a photo file size limit of 100KB and 700 x 700 pixels. If you cannot resize your photo, install the K-ETA mobile application to take a new one, which will be resized and uploaded automatically.

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