South Korean Business Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket. A visa may be required if trip purpose is other than basic business meetings.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page available for stamp(s).

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South Korean Tourist Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip airline ticket.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page available for stamp(s).

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South Korean Transit Travel Requirements for US Citizens

A visa is not required to transit through this destination. Traveler must be in possession of a valid passport and onward ticket.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page available for stamp(s).

Proof Of Departure:

Confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.

Other Requirements:

Valid onward destination visas (if applicable).

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

South Korean Student Visa Requirements for US Citizens

A valid passport and visa are required to travel to this destination.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s).

South Korean Visa Application Form:

One signed South Korea visa application form plus one copy.
Improperly completed South Korea visa application form may delay the processing of your South Korea visa.

Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

Other Forms:

Original transcript from US college or university.

Official Invitation from Korea (South):

Original Certificate of Admission issued by the president of the Korean college or university.

Proof Of Departure:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket.

Financial Requirements:

Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in destination;
– Students on a one term program (3-4 months) must provide a recent bank statement with a minimum balance of $3,000.00.
– Students on a year-long program a recent bank statement with a minimum balance of $10,000.00.

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Korea (South) Visa Validity:
It is based on the school letter and usually is one year. For more than one year, it can be extended in Korea.

South Korean Visa Processing Time:
South Korea visas are usually processed in 3 to 7 business days. Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit our “South Korea Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options” link for details.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

South Korean Teacher Visa Requirements for US Citizens

A valid passport and E-2 visa are required to teach foreign languages in Korea.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for visa stamps.

South Korean Visa Application Form:

One visa application form per applicant properly completed and signed. The application form must have the Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number printed at the top of the form.

Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

Criminal Record:

Criminal Record with attached Apostille (not required in San Francisco jurisdiction).

Special Instructions:

A personal interview with the consular officer is required. Some applicants will have to appear in person, while others may be able to interview by phone. The consulate will determine the date and time of the interview.

Click here for Korea (South) Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options

Korea (South) Visa Validity:
The visa will be issued according to the visa approval (confirmation of visa issuance) granted in Korea.

South Korean Visa Processing Time:
South Korea visas are usually processed in 3 to 7 business days. Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit our “South Korea Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options” link for details.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

South Korean Temporary Work (Short stay activity) Visa Requirements for US Citizens

A valid passport and C-4 visa are required for short term work projects or employment in Korea.

Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for visa stamps.

South Korean Visa Application Form:

One visa application form per applicant properly completed and signed. Provide the Confirmation of Visa Issuance Number at the top of the form if available from employer.

Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

Official Invitation from Korea (South):

Letter of Employment Recommendation (an official, signed letter from the relevant government agency or documents proving the necessity of the applicant’s employment).

Other Requirements:

Signed Employment Contract.
Copy of the business registration from the Company in Korea

Click here for Korea (South) Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options

Korea (South) Visa Validity:
The visa will be issued according to the visa approval (confirmation of visa issuance) granted in Korea.

South Korean Visa Processing Time:
South Korea visas are usually processed in 3 to 7 business days. Rush or Emergency visa service may be available for additional fees. Please visit our “South Korea Consular Fees and Visa Processing Options” link for details.

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit.

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.