Everything You Need To Know About A South Korean Visa
passport holders don’t need a visa if they are entering South Korea for
business or tourism purposes. A visa-exemption facility is also available when
you are entering the country to visit friends, family, or relatives. You can
stay in Korea for a maximum period of 90 days without a visa.
order to avail the visa-exemption facility, you need to carry a passport that
is valid for a minimum period of six months and contains at least two blank
You should also carry an onward or return ticket, proof of
sufficient funds, and necessary documentation for your next destination.
with your airlines if they permit boarding without a visa and if there are
overseas connecting flights en-route that might require a separate transit
if you are traveling to South Korea for purposes other than tourism or business
and you hold a different type of British nationality, you might have to apply
for a visa prior to your travel dates through the Embassy of South Korea in the UK.
Below are the primary types of visa offered to British nationals:
or Working Holiday Program Visa: An H-1 visa allows British citizens to enter
Korea for short-term employment, where they can earn an income. It is valid for
1 year and allows a maximum stay period of up to 12 months
or Spouse of Korean National Visa: An F-6 visa can be granted to a spouse of a
Korean native, planning to visit his/her partner in South Korea
or People of Korean Heritage Visa: An F-4 visa is issued to British citizens
who previously had ROK citizenship or are children of parent(s) or
grandchildren of an individual(s) who had once possessed ROK citizenship.
or Family Dependants Visa: An F-3 visa is applicable for spouses or under-20
unmarried children of UK citizens who own a D-1, D-4, D-6, D-7, D-8, D-9, E-1,
E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5, E-6, or E-7 visa.
or Spouse & Children of F-5 visa holder Visa: An F-2 visa can be obtained
by the spouse or under-18 children of an F-5 visa holder.
or Visiting & Joining Family Visa: An F-1 visa is issued to immediate
relatives or family members of a national with South Korean origins.
or Particular Occupation Visa: An E-7 visa can be obtained by UK residents who
have signed a contract with public or private South Korean organizations and
work in tasks allotted by the Minister of Justice.
or Culture and Entertainment Visa: You can apply for an E-6 visa if you enter
South Korea for income-generating activities related to music, art, literature,
sports, entertainment, acting, musical performances, advertisements, and
or Specialty Occupation Visa: A British national can submit an application for
an E-5 visa if he or she visits Korea and has an international certification
for practicing law, accounting, medicine, or Korean-law-permitted activities.
or Technological Guidance Visa: An E-4 visa is issued to foreigners who are
employed in public or private organizations that specialize in technology or
expertise in natural sciences and high-technology fields.
or Research Visa: An E-3 visa allows British nationals invited by South Korean
public or private institutions to carry out research in the fields of natural
science or high technology development.
or Long-term Visa to teach a Foreign Language: An E-2 visa is issued to
travelers from countries where English is the native language. It allows them
to teach English in Korea, provided they have a bachelor’s degree from an
In order to obtain an E-2 visa, you must have a 3-year university degree. A
TEFL qualification alone is not sufficient. If you fail to follow these rules,
you can be detained and deported.
or Professor Visa: An E-1 visa is granted to British citizens who are qualified
according to the ‘Higher Education Act’ standards and wish to teach at educational
facilities in South Korea.
or Job Seeking Visa: You can apply for a D-10 visa if you are recognized by the
Minister of the Ministry of Justice and wish to seek a job or undergo training
as a professor, foreign language instructor, researcher, technological guide,
special professional, or specially designated activities employee. You may also
seek this visa if you work in any of the world's best 300 corporations as
announced by FORTUNE or have graduated from any of the globe’s 200 universities
as announced by THE TIMES in the UK in the past 3 years.
or Treaty Trade Visa: A D-9 visa is applicable to an overseas trader who owns
an ID issued by the Korean Trading Association and wishes to launch a company,
engage in the profit-generating trading business, or impart technical guidance
for installation, operation, repair of shipbuilding and industrial equipment.
or Intracompany Transferees Visa: A D-7 visa is issued to a British national
who works in a certain branch of a public institution in the UK and is
dispatched to work in another branch in South Korea after being approved by the
Minister of Justice of Korea.
or Study Visa: A D-2 visa is issued to UK residents wishing to attend regular
education courses, such as exchange student, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral
degree programs in a South Korean graduate school or university.
or Short-term Employment Visa: A C-4 visa is issued for a maximum stay period
of up to 90 days and allows visitors to participate in remuneration-generating
commercials, fashion modeling, lectures, research, and instruction of new
or Official Business Visa: An A-2 visa is required when a British resident
travels to South Korea to carry out official duties for his government or
or Diplomacy Visa: An A-1 visa is granted to British citizens on a foreign
diplomatic mission or to staff members of the British consulate.
Application Procedure and Document Requirements
you need to apply for a South Korean visa, you can submit an application
through Royal Mail, in person, or through an authorized representative. No
prior appointment is needed to send an application and you should apply for a
visa not more than 2 months in advance. British nationals without a valid
British passport need a valid UK residential permit to apply for a visa through
minimum processing time is 5 working days and your travel documents should be
valid for 3 months before the date of your visa application acceptance. Your
passport should have a minimum validity of 6 months when you apply for a South
- A valid passport
- A completed visa application form
- A recent passport photo
- The required fees payable at the
Korean Embassy through cash or by postal order
- Photocopies of all original
- Supporting documents as per the
required visa type. You can find the details here.
your documents are in order, you can submit the application at the consular
section of the embassy. Once approved, you can collect your stamped passport in
person or through the post.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
government of South Korea accepts UK Emergency Travel Documents at points of
entry, airside transit and exit from the nation.