Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) requirement under the Visa Waiver program (as August 1, 2023)

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

Effective September 1st, 2021, travelers taking flights for Seoul 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.

[Announced March 29, 2023]

K-ETA will be temporarily exempted to the 22 countries/regions starting from April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024, as part of a plan to support the revitalization of the tourism industry in relation to commemorating 「Visit Korea Year (2023 ~ 2024)」.

Kindly note,  passengers from exempt countries may continue to apply for  K-ETA, but will be charged a fee.

  • Previously approved K-ETA will remain valid until its expiry date.
    For more information on countries/regions eligible for temporary exemption and details.
    Please refer to the website below.

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-ETA 72 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 validity of the K-ETA is three 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).

  • The validity period of K-ETA has been changed from 2 years to 3 years effective July 3, 2023. K-ETA issued before July 3, 2023 is valid for 2 years.

K-ETA requirement exemption for certain ages.

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

More Information

August 1, 2023

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