An application for visa is made by the applicant him/herself at the South Korean Embassy / Consulate General with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant lives or those with jurisdiction over the country of which the applicant's passport is issued. In some cases the application may be made by an accredited travel agent that has been approved by the South Korean Embassy / Consulate General.
The documents that are necessary for the application differ depending on the travel purpose and the nationality of the applicant. In some cases, not only documents prepared by the applicant him/herself but documents prepared by the inviting person in South Korea are required to apply for visa. Please send all necessary documents prepared by the inviting person in South Korea well in advance to the applicant in order for the applicant to make the application for visa.
To find out what documents are necessary for visa application, please refer to the relevant section of this website.
Visas are only valid for entering South Korea on one occasion. The period of validity of the single-entry visa is three months. Please make sure that the bearer of visa apply for landing with an immigration inspector at the port of entry where he/she seeks to land and undergo an examination for landing before the visa is expired. The visa will become invalid once he/she applied for landing or be expired by reaching expiry date which is earlier.
The extension of period of validity of visa is not possible. If a foreign national residing in South Korea wish to have his/her period of stay extended while he/she is in South Korea, please consult with the regional immigration bureau.
Multiple-entry visas can be issued to business travelers, etc. The period of validity of these visas is from one to five years, and these visas can be used any number of times during their period of validity.
Should your application be denied, ICNST cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will ICNST engage in discussion or correspondence with the Embassy on behalf of the applicant.
For detailed visa information, please consult the local embassy or travel agency.