Visa-free foreign visitors need South Korean ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) approval in order to obtain a boarding pass and to enter the Republic of Korea. K-ETA is valid for multiple trips over a period of 2 years. K-ETA only covers activities allowed under C-3 visa such as tourism, business meetings, discussions, conferences, short-term study with stay below 90 days, family visit etc. If your purpose of the visit is not covered under K-ETA or your nationality is not eligible for K-ETA, please apply for an appropriate visa.
Due to COVID-19, only nationals of 96 countries/regions where visa-free entry into South Korea is available are able to apply for K-ETA.
Nationals of 96 countries are eligible to apply for a South Korean ETA. You can the list and the allowed period of stay on our online application form. The list of countries is subject to change. Travellers are reminded to check this website regularly for updates.
Smoovpay allows you to make a payment with the majority of debit and credit cards without the need to register. Visa or MasterCard can be used to make payments through SmoovPay. Debit cards displaying a MasterCard, Visa logo are accepted, too.