Since I visited Korea last year-end/NY, I firmly believed somehow that we still need to apply for visa for visiting Korea.
Today, I finally decided to call the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Japan to ask about what is the recent requirement for New Zealanders visiting Korea. It turns out we do not need to apply for visa anymore! Instead, we need to apply for K-ETA, which stands for Korea Electronic Travel Authorization. So the foreign nationals who are eligible to travel to Korea without a visa need to obtain K-ETA by providing personal & travel related information.
The procedure looks relatively simple.
STEP 1 Terms and Conditions Agreement
STEP 2 Enter E-mail
STEP 3 Enter Passport Information
STEP 4 Enter Application Information: includes your phone number, the address and contact information of where you will stay in Korea, upload portrait photo of less than 700 * 700 pixels
STEP 5 Check Information
STEP 6 Make Payment
STEP 7 Application Complete
- It can take up to 72 hours for K-ETA to be approved. So make sure to apply well in advance of your travel date.
- The validity period is 2 years from the date of approval
- Fee: 10,000 KRW *(non-refundable even if the application is denied)
You can check the most updated information & apply for K-ETA from link below:
Full Implementation of K-ETA starting September 1st, 2021