South Korea Electronic Travel Authorization Program More Broadly in Effect

From September 1, South Korea’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) program is fully in effect, following a pilot period from May-August.


What to Expect from September 1
  • Nationals or citizens of the 66 visa-waiver countries and 46 designated visa-free countries need K-ETA approval to enter the country.
  • K-ETA eligible travelers must apply for their Electronic Travel Authorization (“K-ETA”) at least 24 hours before boarding their flight.
  • K-ETA is valid for multiple trips over a 2-year period and the application fee is 10,000 KRW/person.
  • K-ETA is required for all visa-free entrants. However, due to COVID-19, some visa-free privileges are suspended. Travelers whose visa-free privileges are suspended can apply for the K-ETA for Priority Entry Business Persons.


Erickson Insights

South Korea launched the K-ETA pilot program in May 2021. Following the success of the program, it has expanded to include other countries and regions, bringing the total to 49 eligible areas.

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