South Korea

Consulate information


2320 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

Consular hours: Mon to Fri  9 am – 12 pm


Phone: (202) 939-5600 Website

Important Facts

  • COVID-19 REGULATIONS (Subject to change). Travelers must have a printed negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued at least 2 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Travelers are required to upload before departure the test result on Q-code website (here)Travelers are subjected to an on-arrival PCR test within 1 day of arrival. For up to date information, please click this link
  • CONSULAR JURISDICTION. The South Korean Embassy can only process visa applications from the residents of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC.
  • Passport must have at least six (6) months validity beyond the completion of a trip and at least two (2) blank visa pages.
  • K-ETA (Korean Electronic Travel Authorization) is required for nationals of Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA, Venezuela, and some other countries for a maximum stay of 90 days; for nationals of Portugal, Russia Fed. for a stay up to 60 days; and for nationals of Argentina, Botswana, Mauritius, South Africa for a stay up to 30 days. Travelers are required to apply for the K-ETA 72 hours minimum before departure. To acquire the K-ETA please click here
  • For more information and questions contact the GC Visa office.
Visa Application Requirements NON-US e-Visa
Valid passport
Completed and signed application form
The application must be typewritten. Not handwritten.
Complete online application
Passport size photos - one (1) photo
White background and should be free of shadows, in color and clear, without glasses. Applicants must directly face camera w/ a neutral expression and clearly visible eyes.
Copy of valid passport's vital information page
Invitation letter
Letter should be addressed to the Consulate General of the Embassy or Immigration officer of the country. Must include: applicant's name as in passport, passport number, detailing the reason for traveling, dates, name, address and telephone number of the host.
Recent bank statement
Copy of flight itinerary
A round trip travel airline ticket with traveler's name.
Copy of hotel reservation/Evidence of address while staying in the country.
Letter of support (Business visa only)
The GC Visa office will provide
Copy of proof of legal residency in the US
Notarized copy of legal residency in the US

Forms and Links

Application Form

Processing Time

Processing timeService type
5 business daysRegular

Fee per Visa

Payment Method: Cash, Money Order,

Type of VisaFee per VisaType of entryTerm of visa
Business/Tourist40.00SingleUp to 90 days
Business/Tourist60.00SingleMore than 91 days
Business/Tourist90.00Multiple5 years

Additional Notes

  • Allow (2) two extra days for GC Visa Office to process your application.
  • For Long Term/Work Visa and Children under 18, Contact GC Visa Office.
  • Please note that Embassies/Country Representative Offices change the requirements on a regular basis without notifying us.
  • There is a GC surcharge for our services.

Last updated: September 12, 2022