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Announcement on Temporary Suspension of Visa-waiver and Visa-free entry programs

Temporary suspension measures have been applied to 90 countries/regions* that have a visa-waiver or visa-free entry program with the Republic of Korea, as of April 13, 2020.
* 56 Visa-waiver countries and 34 Visa-free countries/regions
(※ Entry restrictions have been implemented for Japan as of March 9, 2020)

Accordingly, persons with a passport from the relevant 90 countries/regions, which are subject to the suspension measure as listed below, are required to obtain a visa from a Korean diplomatic mission to enter the Republic of Korea.

Designated visa-waiver entry(56 Countries)
Continent Countries
Asia-Pacific (4) New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Americas (18) Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile,
Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Brazil,
Saint Lucia, Suriname, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama
Europe (29) Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia,
Russia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland,
Liechtenstein, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia, Austria, Czech Republic,
Kazakhstan, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
Middle East (4) Morocco, UAE, Israel, Tunisia
Africa (1) Lesotho
Designated visa-free entry(34 Countries/Regions )
Continent Countries/Regions
Asia-Pacific (14) Nauru, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Australia, Solomon Islands,
Tuvalu, Fiji, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Brunei, Samoa, Tonga
Americas (5) Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, Paraguay
Europe (5) Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Serbia, Croatia
Middle East (5) Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait
Africa (5) Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Seychelles, Eswatini (Swaziland)
The countries still eligible for visa-free entry after April 13, 2020 are as follows.
Continent Countries
10 Visa-waiver Countries Americas (7) Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Mexico, Barbados,
Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts-Nevis
Europe (3) Malta, Ireland, United Kingdom
11 Visa-free Countries/
Asia-Pacific (3) Guam, New Caledonia, Palau
Americas (2) United States, Guyana
Europe (6) Monaco, Vatican City State, San Marino, Andorra, Albania,
Visa Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Korea Immigration Service
Government for Foreigner(Hi Korea)
Example of Entry Visa to Korea
Invitation Letter
The Secretariat will provide an invitation letter to support you in obtaining a visa to enter the Republic of Korea. To receive the invitation letter, your registration and full payment are required. Please download the Invitation Letter Request Form and fill up the information then send to the KCR 2022 secretariat at via email.