The South Korean government has announced that it will temporarily exempt travelers from 22 countries from the K-ETA requirement.

Key Points:

  • Beginning April 1 to Dec. 31, 2024, travelers from 22 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and many EU countries, will no longer need to apply for K-ETA before entering the country.
  • A full list of countries whose travelers are exempt from K-ETA is available here; travelers from 89 countries, including Ireland, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Switzerland, must apply for K-ETA before traveling to South Korea.
  • Travelers from countries exempt from K-ETA are still allowed to apply for it to receive benefits such as not having to submit an arrival card upon entering the country.
  • K-ETA will remain valid for travelers from exempt countries who have already received approval.

BAL Analysis: South Korean authorities announced that they will exempt 22 countries from the K-ETA requirement to promote tourism by simplifying entry processes for foreign nationals wanting to travel to the country.

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