This visa allows people to transit to South Korea for a limited time without the visa. These people can stop in South Korea for a while on the way to the third country. Citizens of some countries are allowed to transit to South Korea without a visa.
What is a Tourist/Transit visa (B-2-1)?
Unlike the Korean B-1 visa, this visa is defined for those who intend to reach their destination in a third country through South Korea. Nationals of some countries can travel to or transit South Korea for 30 days or less without a visa. Citizens of the European Union, the United States, Canada, and Australia are on this list.
If you want to apply for a Tourist/Transit visa (B-2-1), one of the following conditions must apply to you:
1. People crossing South Korea to reach the following countries:
- The United States (except for Guam and Saipan)
- New Zealand
And they have a valid visa from the mentioned countries (including re-entry permit, study permit, work permit, permanent residency, but excluding e-visa or Japanese Group visa).
You transit through Korea to reach a third country or the country of nationality via direct flight from these countries to South Korea:
- The United States
- New Zealand
Note that in this case, Korea should not be the final destination for travellers.
2. Chinese passengers with a valid visa (such as permanent residency) from 30 European countries and an airplane ticket to your third destination
** If there is a direct flight from these countries, travellers need to use that flight to enter Korea.
3. Individuals participate in the Transfer Tourism Program for a third country or the country of nationality and intend to transit through Korea.
Who is eligible for K-ETA?
If you have a passport from one of these countries, you are eligible to get the K-ETA. The application process is online and you have permission to stay in the century for some time. You can see the duration of stay in front of each country:
Bosnia and Herzegovina (30)
Czech Republic (90)
Antigua and Barbuda (90)
Denmark (90 days in 180-day period)
Costa Rica (90)
Dominican Republic (90)
Finland (90 days in 180-day period)
Hong Kong (90)
El Salvador (90)
Estonia (90 days in 180-day period)
Iceland (90 days in 180-day period)
New Zealand (90)
Marshall Islands (30)
Norway (90 days in 180-day period)
New Caledonia (30)
Portugal (90 days in 180-day period)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (90)
San Marino (30)
Sweden (90 days in 180-day period)
Russia (60/90 days in 180-day period)
Saudi Arabia (30)
Saint Kitts-Nevis (90)
South Africa (30)
United Arab Emirates (90)
Saint Lucia (90)
Trinidad and Tobago (90)
United Kingdom (90)
United States (90)
Vatican City (30)
If you need a K-ETA, you can apply it from this link.
what is 30-day visa exemption?
If you have a visa or residence permit from these countries, you don’t need a visa to transit through Korea:
- New Zealand
- The United States
Travelers must come directly from or departing directly to one of the above countries.
You must arrive or come from one of the above list of countries after transiting in a 4th country for no more than 72 hours or
Departing to one of the above countries and transiting for no more than 72 hours in a 4th country
Countries not fall into the 30-day exemption
If you are from one of the below list of countries, you don’t fall into the 30- day visa exemption even if you have a visa from the mentioned countries above. You need to apply for a transit visa:
Do I need a visa to transit through South Korea?
The need to apply for a South Korea transit visa depends on the following factors:
- Your nationality
- The duration of your stay in South Korea
You will not need a transit visa if you stay in South Korea for less than 24 hours or arrive at Incheon Airport.
Citizens of these countries always need a visa to transit through South Korea:
What are the requirements of a Tourist / Transit Visa in South Korea (B-2-1) visa?
South Korea’s transit visa requirements are:
- Passport: it must be valid for six months or more from the date of entry into South Korea
- Applicant’s photo: The size of the photo must be the size of the passport photo. Also, the photo should be in color.
- Visa application form (Form No. 34)
- Visa application fee
- Tickets and Documents for return travel
How to extend a Tourist / Transit Visa in South Korea
Holders of a Tourist/Transit visa (B-2-1) cannot renew or change their visa status. If you plan to stay in South Korea for more than 30 days, apply for another visa before coming to this country.
Let’s sum up …
In this blog, we tried to address the frequently asked questions about the Tourist/Transit visa (B-2-1). On the Visa Library website, you can learn about other South Korean visas as well as ways to immigrate to other countries. In case you have some experience, please write it down in the comment section. Your comments let the readers choose better and avoid mistakes. Conveying your experiences in comments is a great help for applicants.
Do I need a transit visa if arrive at a Schengen airport?
No, you don’t need a transit visa.
Is transit visa mandatory?
As explained in the article, it is always required for Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Yemen citizens.
Do I have permission to stay a transit visa?
No you may not. You may not stay for more than 30 days.
Is visa on arrival available?
No, at the moment, you need to apply for a visa.