K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization that visa-free foreign visitors need to obtain before entering the Republic of Korea, by submitting relevant information online such as their travel information. You must complete your K-ETA application at least 24 hours prior to boarding your flight. Failure to do so may result in unfavorable measures such as non-issuance of your travel authorization.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, only the following persons mentioned below will be able to apply for K-ETA.
Nationals of 21 countries that can currently enter the Republic of Korea without a visa.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Malta, Ireland, Guyana, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia, Guam, New, Caledonia, Palau
*Eligible countries are subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation. Please check the website announcements for details.
*Any persons other than the abovementioned will be required to obtain a visa from the Overseas Korean Embassy/Consulate.
Items to prepare for K-ETA application
- Valid passport
- Valid e-mail address
- Face image photo
※ For PC, image file. For mobile application, photo taken by mobile device camera during application
- Credit or debit card that can be used to pay the fee. The fee is 10,000KRW (approximately USD 9~10) per person.
※ Additional fee is excluded, and the fee is non-refundable even if the application is denied.
A Negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result
All travelers (including Korean nationals) are required to present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result.
- 1) The negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result should be issued within 72 hours of the departure date
- The test result must be original and in English or Korean.
- If the test result cannot be issued in English or Korean, a translated version in either Korean or English, and a notarial
certificate for certifying the translation should be submitted along with the original test result.
※ (Notarization of translated documents) Personal translations should be notarized by a local notary organization or embassy.
Notarization will not be required when documents are translated by certified translators or certified translation offices.
- In case of departing from a country subject to reinforced quarantine measures, only documents issued by Korea Embassy-designated test institutions (agencies) will be accepted.
- 2) Examples of inappropriate and unacceptable negative COVID-19 (PCR) test results
- Document issued more than 72 hours from the departure date
- In case of departing from a country subject to reinforced quarantine measures, documents issued by a non-designated test institution (agency)
- How to calculate the timing for 72 hours (count back from midnight (00:00) of departure date)
E.g.) If your departure time is 10:00 A.M., 7 January, PCR test result document issued after midnight (00:00) of 4 January will be accepted.
Please note that COVID regulation and immigration procedures are subject to change depending on the situation.
We will keep the information up to date. However, we highly recommend you visiting the referred website for accuracy.