■ Exclusions (no application required)
① ‘Korean nationals’ and ‘dual nationals with Korean nationality’ (holding a valid Korean passport)
② Active duty military personnel among those subject to the US Forces Korea Command Agreement (SOFA)
③ Crew members and crew members (including those expected to enter the country)
※ For details, check the announcement on the K-ETA website, 「Guidelines for Immigration Procedures for Seafarers and Alternate Seafarers」
④ ABTC (APEC) holders
⑤ Jeju Island visa-free passengers using direct overseas flights
※ Currently, due to COVID-19, direct flights between Jeju Island and overseas are suspended.
⑥ Transit passengers
※ However, in the following cases, ‘Jeju Island visitors’ and ‘transfer passengers’ must apply for K-ETA prior to entry.
1) If you want to visit other regions other than Jeju Island after visiting Jeju Island
2) When a transit passenger intends to enter the Republic of Korea due to a change in destination, schedule, etc.
3) When a transit passenger intends to enter the Republic of Korea to retrieve his or her baggage
⑦ Registered foreigners and VISA holders
⑧ Holders of UN passports
■ Exemption subject (★Exemption application required)
① Holders of diplomatic and official passports
② Among those eligible for the USFK Command Agreement (SOFA), those other than active duty military personnel (military service members, family members, contractors)
③ Persons subject to priority entry for business people
□ The K-ETA system has been fully implemented (mandatory) from September 1, 2021.
❍ With the implementation of the K-ETA system, citizens of 112 countries that previously allowed visa-free entry must obtain K-ETA permission in advance to issue a boarding pass to Korea. Once approved, K-ETA is valid for 2 years and can be used repeatedly within the period. (Application fee: KRW 10,000)
❍ However, due to the COVID-19 situation (as of 22. 1. 28), K-ETA applicants are
① Limited to citizens of countries (50) where visa-free entry is possible,
② Among the citizens of 62 countries where visa-free entry has been temporarily suspended, an additional exception is being applied for “priority entry subjects such as business people.”
We plan to expand the target countries as the COVID-19 situation improves in the future.
■ '22. Visa-free entry to three countries (Japan, Taiwan, and Macao), which was temporarily extended from 4. We inform you that it will be extended until October 31. (currently 107 countries)
❍ With the implementation of the K-ETA system, citizens of 107 countries that allow visa-free entry must obtain K-ETA permission in advance to board planes and ships bound for Korea.
❍ Once approved, K-ETA is valid for 2 years and can be used repeatedly within the period. (Application fee: KRW 10,000)
*However, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Macao passport holders are only valid until October 31, regardless of the validity period stated on the advance travel authorization.
❍ K-ETA is not VISA.
Therefore, the K-ETA permit does not guarantee entry into the Republic of Korea, and the final decision on whether or not you can enter the country is based on the results of the immigration inspection by the Immigration officials of the Republic of Korea.
❍ After completing the application with incorrect information, it cannot be modified and a re-application is required. Also, even if you have received the final permission, if you enter incorrect information (passport number, date of birth, etc.) that does not match your passport, you will not be able to board the aircraft or ship. Be sure to double-check the information you entered before making the final payment.
○ 6. 1. Since the resumption of the Jeju visa-free visa, Jeju Island has been abused as a detour route for foreigners who have been denied electronic travel authorization (K-ETA). .
○ Accordingly, the Ministry of Justice decided that it could not be delayed any longer and decided to introduce the Electronic Travel Authorization System (K-ETA) to Jeju Island from 9.1.
* From August 2 to 22, 855 out of 1,504 Thais who arrived in Jeju were denied entry (56.8%), 749 people (49.8%) had a history of not getting an electronic travel authorization (K-ETA), and 101 out of 649 people who received entry permission. (15.6%) left without permission.
○ The K-ETA to be introduced to Jeju Island this time is applicable to citizens of 112 visa-free countries, and it is decided not to apply to citizens of other countries in consideration of the proposals of Jeju Island, etc.
The Ministry of Justice last '22. From 8. 4. ’22. By August 31st, the number of countries eligible for K-ETA application has been temporarily expanded from 104 countries to a total of 107 countries including Japan, Taiwan, and Macau.
In this regard, the end date of the temporary extension was set to '22. 8. 31. to ’22. It has been changed (extended) to October 31, so please refer to it when applying for K-ETA.
ㅇ '22. From 8. 4. ’22. Temporarily additional regions until October 31st (3 locations): Japan, Taiwan, Macao
ㅇ Citizens of the country (region) who applied for K-ETA in August and have already received permission do not need to apply for additional K-ETA.
- Existing K-ETA validity period is also automatically extended until October 31st
* Unlike the existing K-ETA, which is valid for 2 years, as it is a temporary and exceptionally extended implementation, the '22. Valid only until October 31.
* '22. The period from August 4 to October 31 is the period of entry, not the period of stay in Korea. Therefore, even if you enter Korea on October 31st, you can stay in Korea for up to 90 days from the date of entry.
According to the Korea-Singapore Travel Safety Zone (VTL), which will be in effect from November 15, 2021,
From November 8, the Korea-Singapore Visa Waiver Agreement and Singaporean nationals' K-ETA applications will resume.
o K-ETA application period for Singapore citizens: 11.8. 2021 (00:00 Korean time) ~
o VTL does not apply to Singapore nationals holding K-ETA who enter the country before VTL enforcement.
※ Korea-Singapore VTL implementation period: 2021.11.15.~
o For more information about Korea-Singapore VTL entry requirements and procedures, please refer to the notice of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore.
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