What is Visa?
All visitors to Korea should possess a visa that corresponds to their purpose for entering Korea. The visa should be pasted
on the passport. In Korea, a visa represents the 'consul's recommendation for a foreigner's entry request.' Therefore, even
if one were to have a Korean visa, one can still be denied entry to Korean soil should an immigration officer find some requirements unsatisfactory after inspection.
※ Korea Visa Portal (https://www.visa.go.kr): Provides accurate information on visa-related matters, as well as easy and
convenient services for visa application and issuance (Available in English and Chinese)
■ Republic Of Korea Visa
① Visa No. : Serial No. of Visa Issuance
② Status : The type of identity or social activities the foreigner may engage in while residing in Korea
③ Period of Sojourn : The period of stay allowed starting from the date of entry into Korea
④ Entries : Visa type (S : Single-entry Visa, D : Doubleentry Visa , M : Multiple-entry Visa )
⑤ Issue Date : The date of visa issuance
⑥ Final Entry Date : Expiration date of the visa (Entry into Korea must be done by the Final Entry Date. The visa will be
invalid after the Final Entry Date)
⑦ Issued at : Information on the diplomatic mission that issued the visa
Visa Types by Stay Status
The types of Visas by stay status are divided into a total of 15 categories as shown in the image below. More details may be found on the Korea Visa Portal (https://www.visa.go.kr) → Visa by Categories
|Visa by Categories|
|• Short Term Visit • Medical Treatment • Study·Language • Professional • Intra-Company
• Journalism·Religious Affairs • Investment • International Trade • Overseas Korean
• Work and Visit • Family Visitor·Dependent Family • Marriage Migrant • Trainee
• Non-Professional • Diplomacy·Official Business
(A-1) and Foreign Government Official (A-2) visas.
Procedure for Visa Issuance
■ Visa Application and Place of Issue: Korean embassy or consular office
• In certain cases, when there are applications by local sponsors or foreigners in Korea at immigration offices and branch
offices (applicable at Sejong-ro, Ulsan, Donghae and Sokcho branch offices only), a 'visa issue certificate' may be
issued for the visa applicant after pre-screening prior to visa issuance at diplomatic missions.
• Visa may be easily issued after submitting the 'visa issue certificate' at Korean diplomatic missions abroad. (The Visa
issue certificate is valid for 3 months)
■ Visa Application via Korean Diplomatic Missions Abroad
※ Source : Guidebook for foreigners, daily living information in Incheon