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Key Points

  • The government of South Korea lifted K-ETA requirements for travelers who require a visa to enter the country
  • The government of South Korea expanded the requirement for K-ETA entry permissions to include Jeju Island


The government of South Korea announced that all visa-exempt travelers entering South Korea, including those from Jeju Island, will be required to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) before boarding a flight for the country, effective September 1, 2022.

Travelers can apply online through the K-ETA website or the mobile app. These travelers will be exempt from the requirement to submit an Arrival Card beginning September 1, 2022. The Arrival Card contains information on the traveler and the purpose of their visit to South Korea.

The government also announced it would lift the requirement for visa required nationals to apply for K-ETA approval in addition to a visa.

What are the Changes?

According to the announcement, the government of South Korea introduced K-ETA requirements for travelers entering via Jeju Island to prevent travelers from using the island as an entry point into the country when K-ETA approval is denied.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of South Korea’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Sources: Ministry of Justice, Korea Immigration Service

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