COVID-19: K-ETA program expanded

27 Oct 22

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

IMPACT — MEDIUM

The South Korean government announced that it will add eight countries or regions to its Visa Waiver Entry program (K-ETA) in November.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Nov. 1, travelers from an additional eight countries or regions, including Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Taiwan and Tonga, will be able to submit applications for K-ETA.
  • A total of 112 countries or regions will be eligible for K-ETA as of Nov. 1.
  • Travelers eligible for K-ETA should submit applications through this website at least 72 hours before departure. Due to the high volume of K-ETA applications, individuals are encouraged to apply at least two weeks before departure if possible.

Additional Information: Individuals can travel to South Korea under K-ETA for tourism, visiting relatives, or to participate in events, meetings or other nonprofitable business activities. More information regarding the K-ETA program is available here.

BAL Analysis: The resumption of K-ETA for these eight countries or regions is another major step in normalizing international travel to South Korea. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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