Visiting Korea


Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa. Visitors with round-trip tickets from countries who have a special agreement with Korea may be exempt from the visa requirement, and can stay in Korea visa-free for periods up to 30 days, or 90 days, depending on the type of agreement between two countries. Korea has agreements with over 160 countries for no-visa entry.
Continent Countries
[6 countries]
Hong Kong(90), Japan(90), Macao(90), Brunei(30), Taiwan(90), Indonesia(Diplomacy, Official use 30)
[7 countries]
USA(90), Canada(6months), Argentina(30), Honduras(30), Paraguay(30), Guyana(30), Ecuador(90)
[11 countries]
Monaco(30), The Holy See, Vatican(30), Slovenia(90), Croatia(90), Albania(30), Cyprus(30), San Marino(30), Andorra(30), Bosnia and Herzegovina(30), Serbia(90), Montenegro(30)
[13 countries]
Guam(30), Nauru(30), New Caledonia(30), Micronesia(30), Solomon Is.(30), Kiribati(30), Fiji(30), Marshall Is.(30), Palau(30), Samoa(30), Australia(90), Tuvalu(30), Tonga(30)
Africa & Middle East
[13 countries]
Republic of South Africa(30), Swaziland(30), Egypt(30), Mauritius(30), Seychelles(30), Saudi Arabia(30), United Arab Emirates(30), Yemen(30), Oman(30), Qatar(30), Kuwait(30), Lebanon(Diplomacy, Official use 30), Bahrain(30)
When uncertain as to the requirement for entry visa to Korea, please contact the Korean embassy or a consulate as early as possible. For more information, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Homepage:

Invitation Letter

Please use the following letter if you need an invtation letter for applying a visa. Invitation_letter.pdf
If you need to add your personal information in the letter, please send a note to
If you need a hard copy of the letter, we can send it via regular airmail free of charge before May 28 (Friday).
If you want a hard copy via Express mail, please follow the instruction on

Practical Information

Time Difference
Standard Time in Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9). Korea does not observe daylight savings time.
Climate Average temperatures in late June in Seoul are morning low 20˚C and afternoon high 27.5˚C. June 25 to July 5 are usually days of the raining season and you may experience a couple of rainning days during the conference. Mid-Term Forecast in Seoul
The unit of Korean currency is Won. Korean monetary units are KRW10, KRW50, KRW100, and KRW500 coins, and KRW1,000, KRW5,000, KRW10,000 and KRW50,000 notes. For higher denominations, negotiable cashier’s checks are used. Major currencies and traveler’s checks can be exchanged into Korean won at the airport, hotels, and at all Korean banks. Credit cards, e.g. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club, are all widely accepted. Current Exchange Rate
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. Service charges are added to the bill but tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.
Electricity The standard electricity supply is 220-volts AC at 60Hz. Most hotels may provide outlet converters for 110 and 220-volts. Visitors are advised to check with the hotel beforehand.