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 South Korea Visa Information

A Korea visa is not necessary for tourism or transcient stop-over if you plan to stay 90 days or less. If you will remain in the country for more than three months or your purpose for travel is other than tourism, you will be required to get a visa.

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South Korea Visa Requirements

Independent of the type of visa you request, the South Korean Embassy and Consulates require the following:

  • A valid passport for at least 6 months, and a blank page to stamp the visa;
  • One passport-size photo;
  • Completed South Korea visa application form;
  • Visa fee (cash, money order or Certified Check);
  • a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with postage (FedEx, US Express Mail or US Certified Mail).

South Korea travel visas are affixed in your passport on the pages specifically marked for them. Countries require that visa stamps be placed on those pages that do not contain any other stamps.

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Korea Visa Application Form

There is only one South Korea visa application form for every type of travel visa.

South Korea Visa Form

The Visa Application is in .pdf format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the document. You probably have it on your computer but if you don't, you can get it here.

Korea Tourist Visa

You only need a tourist visa if you plan to stay more than 90 days.

Korea Business Visa

Heading to South Korea for business? You'll need a C-2 visa grants you short-term business status. You can participate in negociations, market research, exporting operations and the like for up to 90 days.

U.S. citizens are usually given a 5-year, multiple-entry visa.

Besides the documents listed above, you also need documents proving your business activity such as L/C, Invoice, invitation letter, Contract, company letter, etc.

Korea Visa Service Online

If you don't live in or near any of the cities where the Republic of Korea Consulate Generals are located, you might want to contract a travel visa expediting service. They will verify your visa application before it is ever sent, thereby avoiding unnecessary delays or rejections. They will also personally walk your application through each step guaranteeing timely and efficient processing of your Korea visa.

About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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