Visa Requirement

International visitors arriving in the Republic of Korea are required to be in possession of a valid passport. Immigration officials will reject your entry if you present him/her an expired or fake/false passport. (A passport valid for your intended period of stay in Republic of Korea is necessary. We recommend that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months for Visa application.)
* Starting from July 1st 2021, The period of stay will be granted only within the validity of the passport. Please visit the Korea Visa website for the further information.

Visa Website

1) Temporary Suspension of VISA-waiver and VISA-free entry programs

Temporary suspension measures have been applied to 90 countries/regions that have a visa-waiver or visa-free entry program with the Republic of Korea, as of April 13, 2020. Accordingly, persons with a passport from the relevant 90 countries/regions, which are subject to the suspension measure as listed below, are required to obtain a visa from a Korean diplomatic mission to enter the Republic of Korea.

Visa-waiver: 56 Countries
Asia-Pacific New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Americas Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, El Salvador, Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama
Europe Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Rumania, Luxemburg, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Estonia, Austria, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
Middle East Morocco, UAE, Israel, Tunisia
Africa Lesotho
Visa-free: 34 Countries/Regions
Asia-Pacific Nauru, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Australia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, Brunei, Samoa, Tonga
Americas Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, Canada, Paraguay
Europe Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Serbia, Croatia
Middle East Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait
Africa Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Seychelles, Eswatini (Swaziland)

* Visa-free for Japan is suspended from March 9, 2020
** Visa-free for China and foreigners who depart from China is fully stopped from February 4(Tue), 2020

2) Eligible for VISA-free entry

The countries still eligible for visa-free entry after April 13, 2020 are as follows.

VISA-waiver: 10 Countries
America Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts-Nevis
Europe Malta, Ireland, United Kingdom
VISA-free: 11 Countries/Regions
Asia-Pacific Guam, New Caledonia, Palau
America United States, Guyana
Europe Monaco, Vatican City State, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia
3) Visa Portal

You must apply and pay for the travel visas by your personal expenses.
If you need an official invitation letter from The national assembly of the Republic of Korea or any other necessary documents, please contact secretariat of APPF 29 at your earliest convenience.
For more information on how to order / obtain your entry visa to Korea, please consult the Korean Embassy in your region.
Please visit the Korea Visa website for the further information.

Visa Website

COVID-19 Considerations

Although we are currently under circumstance that we need to be cautious about global COVID-19 status, hosts of the 29th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum are preparing this forum with the careful consideration examining vaccination status and quarantine matters of potential participants of each country.

Exemption of Quarantine – Foreign Visitors

Quarantine Exemption for Foreign Visitors

In order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of Korea will require a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for all travelers entering Korea at either their place of residence or a government-designated isolation facility, effective April 1, 2020. This mandatory self-quarantine will apply to everyone, regardless of nationality, except the short-term foreign visitors who are issued with an “Isolation Exemption Certificate” from the Republic of Korea Embassy or Consulate General prior to the trip.

High level delegation who visits Korea for public interest purpose including vice-minister level or higher level and those direct accompanying persons are able to get “Isolation Exemption” from Republic Of Korea Embassy.

Secretariat will assist you to prepare required documents, please refer to following procedure and documents lists.

1) Procedure

Inviting organizations submit quarantine exemption applications to relevant ministries. After the ministries approve quarantine exemption, Korean overseas missions issue quarantine exemption certificate.

2) Required Information and Documents

For issuing Quarantine Exemption of in-person participants, information and document below must be sent to secretariat (

  1. ① Copy of passport
  2. ② Personal information for Quarantine Exemption Certification Application form
  3. ③ Quarantine Exemption Consent form
  4. ④ Immunization certificate (if you have)
1. Before Departure

Applicants should present negative COVID-19 (PCR) test results issued within 72 hours of departure date in order to enter Korea.

2. Entering Korea

When entering Korea, the person should install the Self-Check Mobile App following the instruction of the disease control authorities and report his/her health status every day through the app. However, app installation can be exempted under the condition that relevant ministry controls delegation’s compliance with quarantine regulation and their health.
* Follow the Korean domestic COVID-19 quarantines during the stay, and if any fever is being confirmed, go to local government and take diagnosis test.

3. After Entrance

After the entry, those who have been granted quarantine exemption must undergo a diagnostic test at a temporary testing site
* High level delegation, vice-minister level or higher level, who submitted the negative COVID-19 PCR test result could be exempted diagnostic test.