No-Visa Entry Policy for Foreigners in Transit : 2014

No-Visa Entry Policy for Foreigners in Transit : 2014

No-Visa Entry Policy for Foreigners in Transit

 

Purpose

The Government of the Republic of Korea has established a policy of no-visa entry for foreigners in transit in order to promote the transit tourism industry through a vitalization of the Transit Tourism Program.

 

Policy Summary

The policy allows foreigners satisfying certain requirements who transit through the Incheon International Airport to a third country or through the Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Yangyang International Airport, Cheongju International Airport or Muan International Airport to Jeju Island to enter Korea without visa.

 

Eligibility for No-Visa Entry for Foreigners in Transit

1.       No-Visa Entry for Transit Tourists (Existing Policy) 

A.       Eligibility

i.             A national of one of the countries prohibited from no-visa entry into Korea, except for a national of Macedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran; and

(1) Who holds an entry visa for, and is bound for one of the following countries via Korea: United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand (excluding Japanese group visa); or

(2) Who follows under A-i-(1) and is bound for the country of nationality or a third country via Korea, through direct flight from the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia or New Zealand to Korea after staying in these respective countries.

ii.             A Chinese national

(1) Who holds an entry visa for, and is bound for one of the 30 European countries (Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary) via Korea; or

(2) Who returns to China via Korea departing from the above-mentioned countries.

B.        Criteria for Permission

The person must hold a reserved airline ticket for a flight that departs within 30 days.

C.        Status of Stay and Period: Tourism & Transit (B-2) visa, 30 days

 

2.       No-Visa Entry for Transit Tourists Participating in the Transit Tourism Program

A.       Eligibility

i.             A foreigner who transfers at the Incheon International Airport to the country of nationality or a third country and participates in the Transit Tourism Program, except for a national of one of the 11 countries prohibited from no-visa entry for Jeju Island (Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine); or

ii.             A foreigner who holds a Japanese group visa and participates in the Transit Tourism Program.

B.        Criteria for Permission

                                     i.             The person must hold an airline ticket for transit within 72 hours.

                                   ii.             The person must stay only in the possible destination for tourists of Seoul (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province)

C.        Status of Stay and Period : Tourism & Transit (B-2) visa, Within 72 hours

 

3.       No-Visa Entry for Chinese Group Tourists in Transit to Jeju Island

 

A.       Eligibility

A Chinese group tourist arriving at the Incheon International Airport, Gimhae International Airport, Yangyang International Airport, Cheongju International Airport or Muan International Airport, departed from China (including Hong Kong and Macao), who intends to stay, respectively, in the possible destination for tourists of Incheon (Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province), in the possible destination for tourists of Gimhae (Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, North Gyeongsang Province, South Gyeongsang Province, Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province), in the possible destination for tourists of Yangyang (Gangwon Province, Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province), in the possible destination for tourists of Cheongju (Daejeon, North Chungcheong Province, South Chungcheong Province, Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province), or in the possible destination for tourists of Muan (Kwangju, North Jeolla Province, South Jeolla Province, Seoul, Incheon, Gyeonggi Province) within 72 hours under a condition to travel to Jeju Island

 

B.        Criteria for Permission

 

       i.             The person must hold a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China

       ii.             The person must join a Chinese group tourist program hosted by Korean or Chinese travel agents recognized by the Korea- China memorandum

       iii.             The person arriving at the Incheon International Airport must depart from Korea through the Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport or Jeju International Airport

      iv.             The person arriving at the Gimhae International Airport must depart from Korea through the Gimhae International Airport, Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport or Jeju International Airport

      v.             The person arriving at the Yangyang International Airport must depart from Korea through the Yangyang International Airport, Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport or Jeju International Airport

      vi.             The person arriving at the Cheongju International Airport must depart from Korea through the Cheongju International Airport, Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport or Jeju International Airport

      vii.             The person arriving at the Muan International Airport must depart from Korea through the Muan International Airport, Incheon International Airport, Gimpo International Airport or Jeju International Airport

C.        Status of Stay and Period: Tourism & Transit (B-2) visa, 15 days

 

Date of Initiation: April 6st, 2014

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