Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Korean embassy or consular offices in their country. However, citizens from many countries are now permitted visa-free entry for a limited period under certain conditions. In order to check whether you are allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean embassy or consular office in your country or visit the following websites to confirm.

Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements

Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a Korean visa suitable for their purpose.

Find Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements with Korea

Designated visa-free entry

Taking into consideration international convention, mutuality doctrine, national profit and other such factors, certain countries are granted visa-free entry permissions (48 countries as of 1 September 2018). Nationals of the following countries are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visitation. Exceptions: 1) Canada is allowed up to 6 months 2) The United States, Australia, Hong Kong, Slovenia and Japan are allowed up to 90 days.

Countries temporarily suspended from the visa waiver agreement 56
Asia Pacific (4) New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
The Americas (18) Bahama, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Surinam, Colombia, Trinidad Tobago, Panama
Europe (29) Bulgaria, Italia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Swiss, Liechtenstein, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia, Austria, Czech, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
The Middle East (4) Morocco, UAE, Israel, Tunisia
Africa (1) Lesotho

Visa Information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
http://www.mofa.go.kr/eng/index.do
Korea Immigration Service
http://www.immigration.go.kr/immigration_eng/index.do
Hi Korea
https://www.hikorea.go.kr/pt/main_en.pt

Example of Entry Visa to Korea