Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) requirement under the Korea Visa Waiver program

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The Government of the Republic of Korea has introduced new entry measures that will require all those traveling to the Republic of Korea under the Republic of Korea visa waiver program to obtain a K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization) prior to boarding flights bound to the Republic of Korea.

Effective September 1st, 2021, travelers taking flights for the Republic of Korea without a visa, will be asked to hold a K-ETA at the time of travel. Those who have not applied for a K-ETA may be denied boarding of flights.

  • Due to entry restrictions imposed by the COVID-19, Japanese nationality is currently not subject to K-ETA.

Application details

The K-ETA can be done through website. The response and issuance of the K-ETA will be sent via e-mail within 24 hours. Please apply for the K-ESTA 24 hours before departure.  During the application process, passport information and an email address, upload your face photo (not required when applying via mobile app) will be required. Also, payment of the application fee (KRW 10,000) needs to be completed using a credit card.

The K-ETA application website accepts applications in English and Korean only. The validity of the K-ETA is two years or until the expiration date of the passport used to apply for the K-ETA (the K-ETA will no longer be valid if the passport expires first).

For more details, please refer to the application website listed below or the website of the Government of Korea.

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August 30, 2021

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