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.

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