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South Korea Visa

Nestled in East Asia, South Korea is a vibrant blend of tradition and modernity. Boasting a rich cultural heritage spanning thousands of years, it's also a global leader in technology, entertainment, and innovation. From the bustling streets of Seoul — its dynamic capital — to the serene beauty of its countryside, South Korea offers a diverse range of experiences. Thanks to K-pop and K-dramas, it is also one of the most popular countries among youth due to its global fanbase. This page covers all the essential details about how to apply for a South Korean visa from India.

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About South Korea Visa

South Korea is a fascinating country where you find a combination of rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and modern cities like Seoul. If you are planning to visit South Korea for tourism, business, study, or work, you must apply for a South Korea visa first. Before we get into the South Korea visa requirements, here are some key facts about this country.

Key Facts Description
Capital Seoul
Currency South Korean Won (KRW) (KRW 1 = INR 0.061)
Language Korean
Time Zone KST (Korea Standard Time), 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of IST (Indian Standard Time)
Popular tourist destinations Seoul, Jeju island, Busan, and Gyeongju
Visa Application Method Offline

Features of South Korea Visa

Here are the key features of the South Korea visa requirements for Indian citizens:

  • Express Visa: South Korea offers Express Visa within 3 working days to specified Indians who have previously visited South Korea through valid visas.
  • Medical certificate for TB: Before applying for certain long-stay visas to South Korea, you must obtain a health certificate from designated hospitals stating that you do not have Tuberculosis.

Documents Required to Apply for a South Korea Visa

Applicants must submit several documents while applying for a South Korea visa from India. Here's a table outlining the documents needed for a South Korea tourist visa (visa type C-3-9).

Document Description
Visa Application Form (Form No. 17) Completed South Korea visa application form
Passport Valid Indian passport
Photos complying with the South Korea visa photo requirements. Recent passport-sized photographs meeting the South Korea visa photo requirements.
Fee Proof of payment of visa fees
Proof of Financial Capacity Documents demonstrating the applicant's financial capacity to cover expenses during their stay in South Korea
Cover letter Cover letter for your visa application.

Documents Required for South Korea Business Visa

Those visiting South Korea for business meetings, signing contracts, international trading, market research, etc., can apply for a Business Visitor (General) visa C-3-4. In addition to a passport, application form, and photos, you must submit additional documents described below.

Categories Specification
Proof of the purpose of your Business Visit
  • Submit a document that proves the purpose of your visit.
  • Document differs with the purpose of your visit.
  • For example, you can submit an invitation letter from a company in South Korea that has invited you.

Documents Required for South Korea Student Visa

Here's a table outlining the documents needed for a South Korea student visa (visa type D).

Document Description
Business Registration Certificate
  • Copy of the Business Registration Certificate or Registration Number Certificate of your Korean institute
Acceptance Letter
  • An acceptance letter issued by your Korean institute.
  • Scholarship students may submit an invitation letter issued by the director of the National Institute for International Education.
Document regarding your final level of education Original document(s) indicating your final level of education, such as a high school diploma.
Proof of financial ability Documents that prove your financial ability to cover one year of tuition fees and living expenses. You have to submit:
  • Income tax returns for the last 2 years.
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months.

If you are planning to use your parent's bank statements, you must attach a family relation certificate as well.

Medical certificate for TB Attach a certificate issued by one of the designated hospitals confirming that you do not have Tuberculosis.

Documents Required for South Korea Work Visa

You can visit South Korea as a job-seeker, a professional, a professor, a startup founder, an artist or an athlete. For work-related purposes, you must apply for a visa type D or E with the following additional documents.

Proof of the purpose of your business visit You may need to submit a different document based on your purpose of visit. For example:
  • A plan for seeking employment and proof of educational qualifications for job seekers.
  • Employment contract for those who have a Korean employer.
  • Invitation letter for those who are invited by an institute in Korea as a professor or researcher.
Visa Issuance Confirmation Obtain a visa issuance confirmation from the Minister of Justice before applying for an employment-related visa at the Korean embassy.
Medical certificate for TB Attach a certificate issued by one of the designated hospitals confirming that you do not have Tuberculosis.

South Korea Visa Types

Before we explain how to apply for a South Korea visa, you must understand the various visa types. There are several South Korea visa types meant for different travel purposes.

South Korea Visa Types Visa Sub-types Description Maximum stay
Short-Term Visit Visa (Type C)
  • Short Term General (C-3-1)
  • Group Tourist (C-3-2)
  • Business Visitor General (C-3-4)
  • Business Visitor Agreement (C-3-5)
  • Business Visitor Sponsored (C-3-6)
  • Ordinary Tourist (C-3-9)
For a short visit to South Korea for tourism, business, and family visits. Up to 90 days
Student Visa (Type D)
  • Associate Degree (D-2-1)
  • Bachelor's Degree (D-2-2)
  • Master's Degree (D-2-3)
  • Doctoral Degree (D-2-4)
  • Research Study (D-2-5)
  • Exchange Student (D-2-6)
  • Korean Language Trainee (D-4-1)
  • Foreign Language Training (D-4-7)
Visa for students who want to study at a Korean university. Longer than 90 days, up to the completion of the course.
Work Visa (Type D/E)
  • Job Seeker (D-10-1)
  • Business Startup (D-10-2)
  • Professor (E-1)
  • Foreign Language Instructor (E-2-1)
  • Researcher (E-3)
  • Technician (E-4)
  • Professional (E-5)
  • Artist (E-6-1)
  • Entertainer (E-6-2)
  • Athlete (E-6-3)
  • Professionals (E-7-1)
  • Semi profesional (E-7-2)
  • Independent professional (E-7-91)
Visa for startup founders, professors, researchers, job seekers, etc. Depends on the employment contract
Tourist/Transit Visa (B2) For those travelling to other countries via South Korea.

Visa-free transit is allowed to those with a visa to countries like the USA and certain European countries.

30 days
Express Visa
  • Short term single-entry visa
  • Long term single entry visa
  • Double entry visa
  • Multiple entry visa
To be eligible for this visa, you must have visited Korea in the past or you should have a 'visa issuance approval number'. Up to 90 days for short-term visa.

Who Can Apply for a South Korea Visa?

You are eligible to apply for a South Korea visa from India if you are:

  • You are an Indian citizen with a valid passport who is visiting South Korea for valid travel purposes like tourism, family visits, study, employment, or business.
  • You have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in South Korea.
  • You satisfy the additional eligibility criteria described for the specific type of visa you are applying for.

While not mandatory, make sure to buy South Korea travel insurance for your trip. It will protect you from many financial emergencies during your stay in Korea. From abrupt flight cancellations to medical emergencies, you can avoid many out-of-pocket expenses during your trip.

How to Apply for a South Korea Visa?

You can apply for a South Korea visa electronically or by submitting an application to the Korean embassy in India. Certain visa types, such as short-term general visas, medical tourist visas, business visitor visas, and short-term employee visas, are eligible for an e-visa. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a South Korea visa from India electronically.

  • Visit the official Korean e-visa portal, click on 'Application' and select 'e-Form Visa'.
  • Click on the 'Fill out the form' button at the bottom to view the visa form.
  • Select the diplomatic office you would visit, the purpose of your trip, and your desired visa type.
  • Attach your photo complying with the South Korea visa photo requirements and fill out the form with your personal details.
  • Make the payment for your visa application fee during your appointment. Note that this fee is usually non-refundable.
  • Print the e-form that has a bar code and submit it to the Korean embassy in your jurisdiction. The form should clearly display a bar code. Submit it along with your passport, photographs, visa fee receipt and documents.
  • Be patient during South Korea visa processing time and await the outcome of your application. South Korea visa processing time is around 10 days for a regular application and 3 days for an Express Visa application.

South Korea Visa Fees

Here's a summary of the South Korea visa fees that you have to pay based on the duration and number of entries allowed for your visa type.

Visa Type Regular South Korea Visa Fee Express Visa Fee
Single Entry Visa (for stays of up to 90 days) INR 3200 INR 5600
Single Entry Visa (for a stay longer than 90 days) INR 4800 INR 7200
Double-Entry Visa INR 5600 INR 8800
Multiple-Entry Visa INR 7200 INR 10,400

*Visa fee subject to exchange rate fluctuations

How to Check South Korea Visa Status

During the processing time, you can check your South Korea visa status online. Follow these simple steps to check your South Korea visa Status.

  • Visit the official Korea Visa Portal and click on 'Check Application Status'.
  • Select the type of visa application.
  • Enter your passport number, your name in English, and your date of birth.
  • Click on 'Search' to reveal your South Korea visa status.

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* Price shown is for a 30 day trip to South Korea with 50,000 dollar coverage for an adult of age 25 years

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