South Korea Launches Electronic Travel Authorization

South Korea has announced a new Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) program allowing foreign nationals to enter the country without a visa.

The ETA pilot will run from May 3 — August 2021 and go into full effect in September 2021.

What to Expect

  • The ETA system is limited to foreign nationals from 21 countries due to COVID-19 restrictions: The United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Dominican Federation, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Malta, Ireland, Guyana, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia, Guam, New Caledonia, and Palau.
  • During the pilot period, the ETA is optional, and the associated application fees will be waived.
  • Foreign nationals will need to provide personal and travel-related information.

What are the Changes from September 2021?

  • Foreign nationals will be required to upload their travel-related information at least 24 hours before boarding their flight.
  • The ETA application fee will be 10,000KRW
  • The ETA will be valid for up to two years. During that time, foreign nationals will be able to enter the country visa-free and without having to resubmit for additional arrival cards.


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