Visa Requirements for US Passport Holders – South Korea (Republic of Korea)

US citizens traveling to South Korea must have a valid passport to enter the Republic of Korea. A US passport allows you to enter the Republic of Korea without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days, if you are a tourist or if you are in the Republic of Korea on business. If you are intending to stay for more than 90 days, or for any reason other than tourism or a temporary non-profit business trip, you must have a visa before you enter. If you are visiting the Republic of Korea for employment, for any profit-making reason, to teach English, or for stays longer than 90 days, you must obtain a visa at a Republic Of Korea embassy or consulate. Once you enter the Republic of Korea, you must also apply for an Alien Registration Card if you are staying for longer than 90 days.

General Requirements for Tourist/Business Visa

(For stays of more than 90 days)

  • Valid, signed U.S. passport, must have at least 6 months remaining, and contain at least one blank visa page
  • One (1) visa application form, fully completed and signed
  • One (1) passport-size color photo (black & white photos are not accepted)
    For US citizens: Visa fee US$45 (Cash or money order only; Pay to the Order: Korean Consulate General)
  • For non-US citizens:
    • Visa fee of US$50 for single entry more than 90 days; US$80 multiple entry
    • Copy of round trip airline tickets or itinerary
    • US permanent resident card or Green Card

Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. US passport holders are encouraged to contact the Embassy of South Korea for further consular assistance and confirmation:

Embassy of the Republic of Korea (DC, VA, MD, WV areas)

2320 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Telephone: (202) 939-5660 / 939-5663

Korean Consulates General

Boston (MA, NH, VT, ME, RI)

One Gateway Center #251
300 Washington Street
Newton, MA
Telephone: (617) 641-2830

Honolulu (HI, AS, GU)

2756 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI
Telephone: (808) 595-6109

Los Angeles (Southern CA, NV, AZ, NM)

3243 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: (213) 385-9300

San Francisco (Northern CA, CO, UT, WY)

3500 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA
Telephone: (415) 921-2251

Atlanta (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN, PR, VI)

International Tower #500
229 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA
Telephone: (404) 522-1611

Chicago (IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, OH, WI)

#2700 NBC Tower
455 North Cityfront Drive
Chicago, IL
Telephone: (312) 822-9485

Houston (TX, AK, LA, MI, OK)

1990 Post Oak Boulevard, #1250
Houston, TX
Telephone: (713) 961-0186

New York (CT, DE, NY, NJ, PA)

460 Park Avenue (57th St.), 6th Floor
New York, NY
Telephone: (646) 674-6000 / (212) 692-9120

Seattle (WA, OR, ID, MT, AK)

2033, 6th Avenue, #1125
Seattle, WA
Telephone: (206) 441-1011

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