VISA & VWP
General Visa Information
For U.S. citizens and Korean-Americans, a five year valid multiple entries C-3 (Short-term visitors) Visa are issued. This visa holder can stay up to 90 days each time he/she visits the Republic of Korea until their visa expire.
1. General requirements for Visa Application
- A valid passport
- A completed visa application
- Passport size photo (2”x 2” color)
- Fee: $45 for American citizens (Cash or money order only; Pay to the Order: Korean Consulate General), Citizens of other countries must pay a visa processing fee $30 (Single entry less than 90 days), $50 (Single entry more than 90 days), $80 (Multiple entry) Citizens of other countries must submit their US permanent resident card or valid U.S. visa and flight ticket or flight itinerary
2. Submitting your visa application via mail
if you submit your visa application by mail, please use certified mail so that you may track it later. Once your visa is issued and you wish to have your passport with the visa mailed back to you, please enclose a self-addressed and pre-paid envelope provided by express mailing services, such as the U.S. Postal Service Express Mail, Federal Express, UPS, or DHL. In this regard, we do not use a regular mail to send out the applicant’s visa for security purposes. (If you have a DHL or UPS account, you may use that.)
VWP (Visa Waiver Program)
On November 17, 2008, the Republic of Korea joined the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). As a result, on reciprocity, U.S. citizens can visit the Republic of Korea without a visa for duration of up to 90 days of less if the purpose of the trip is for tourism, business, attendance at a conference or visiting families or relatives. (Extension of stay is not permitted) A U.S. citizen, who wishes to work, or to engage in profit making activities, is kindly requested to apply for an appropriate entry visa. A transit traveler may be granted visa-free entry to the Republic of Korea as long as he/she possesses a confirmed onward flight ticket for departure within 30 days after entering the Republic of Korea, in addition to having no record of criminal offence in the five countries listed below, and falls under either of the following two categories: 1) If he/she has a visa or re-entry permit for U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (five countries) and is traveling to any of these countries through the Republic of Korea; OR 2) If he/she is traveling from any one of the five countries mentioned above and his/her final destination is not the Republic of Korea.
*NOTE: This exception does not apply to citizens of Cuba and Macedonia.