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South Korea: travel tips

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It’s inversely known for its green, hilly country with centuries-old Buddhist tabernacles, plus its littoral fishing-tropical islets, and high-tech megalopolis for illustration Seoul, the capital.

Types of South Korean visas

South Korean visas are divided grounded on the duration and how numerous entries in the country they allow:

  • One-entry visas, valid for a single entry and up to 90 days.
  • Double entries, permitting many entries in South Korea for the duration it has been issued.

 Also, depending on why you want to visit South Korea, you can apply for one of the following visas:

  • Tourist Visa.
  • Business Visa.
  • Family Visit Visa (for further than 90 days).
  • Work Visa.
  • Student Visa.
  • Working Holiday Visa.
  • Tourist Visa.


South Korean tourist visas are issued to nonnatives who want to travel simply for tourism or recreational purposes. So, you can get a tourist visa if you’re traveling for one of the following reasons:

  • Tourism.
  • Conveyance.
  • To get medical treatment in a South Korean sanitarium.
  • To visit a family member/ friend.
  • To attend a religious/ artistic/ sporting/ musical event.
  • Another short-term reason.

South Korean tourist visas allow the holder to stay in the country for over 90 days. The holder of a tourist visa isn’t allowed to work or engage in any other remunerated conditioning.


Business Visa

 You’re eligible for a long-term Business Visa for South Korea if:

  • You’re a specialist who’ll work for a public or private association in Korea to repair, install, or operate an imported ministry.
  • You’ll work as a director or specialist in a company.
  • You’re a specialist in a foreign investment company.

Work Visa

Still, you’ll have to apply for a work Visa, If an outsider wants to work in South Korea. Nonnatives eligible for a South Korea Work Visa include professors, foreign language, and those working in another exertion permitted by the Minister of Justice through a contract with a public or private association or company there.

Student Visa

Nonnatives who’ll enter South Korea to pursue their studies in a Korean educational institution have to apply for a South Korea Student Visa. They can be:

  • Short-term Pupil Visas to attend a course of study that’s shorter than 90 days.
  • Long-term Pupil Visas, to attend a course of study longer than 90 days, similar as in a university or language academy.

Working Holiday Visa

It is available to citizens of countries that have a Working Holiday Agreement with South Korea. The WHV allows the holder to remain in South Korea for over 12 months, for the purpose of holidaying, working, or studying.

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Conditions for a South Korean visa

When you apply for a South Korea visa, you have to submit several documents to support your operation. The South Korea visa conditions change depending on the type of visa you need as well as the country in which you’re applying. Still, the standard set of documents everyone has to submit includes:

  1. South Korea Visa Application Form. 
  2. A passport which:
    • Have at least two blank sheets.
    • Passport-size picture (s). The South Korea visa print size has to be 3.5 cm x4.5 cm and have the following specifications;
    •  White background.
    •  Taken lately (in the last three months).
    •  You must have a neutral facial expression, gaping straight ahead.
    • Your face and cognizance have to be completely visible.
    •  You mustn’t be wearing spectacles.
  3.  A return or onward flight ticket.
  4.  Evidence of sufficient finances to cover the duration of your stay ( similar as through bank statements and income duty returns).
  5.  Evidence of accommodation in South Korea, similar to hostel reservation.
  6. Payment of the South Korea visa amount, as per the conditions of the Embassy/ Consulate.


For the student Visa

  • Reference Letter (s).
  • Letter of Acceptance into the academy/ university.

For the business Visa

  • Letter from your employer.
  • Letter of Assignation from the South Korean company.


For the work Visa

  • Employment contract.


You may also have to submit – a cover letter, introducing yourself and stating the reason for which you’re traveling. Trip Diary, which details the conditioning you’ll be doing in South Korea on a diurnal base.  Any other fresh documents that the Embassy or Consulate requests, depending on the purpose of your trip.

Duration of visa

The duration of the South Korea visa you get depends on the purpose of your trip. So, if you’re traveling for tourism purposes, you’ll also need a visa for over 90 days or lower, generally for a single entry.

Still, similar to working or studying, you’ll also get a visa with a longer duration If you’re traveling for a longer-term purpose.

Visa costs

Single-entry visa (up to 90 days is US$ 40).

Single-entry visa ( longer than 90 days is US$ 60).

A double-entry visa is US$ 70.

A multiple-entry visa is US$ 90.

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