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Quick Guide to get South Korea Visa

Visa type – Short term visa

South Korea Visa Prices

There is a mandatory non- refundable visa fee that you need to pay when you are applying Korea visa. Visa Fee: 160 AED (Single Entry), 280AED (Double Entry), 360AED (Multiple Entry). Visa fees may vary according to nationality.

Required documents for South Korea Visit visa from Dubai

Tips before travelling to South Korea

1. Follow certain rules when visiting the DMZ & JSA

No matter which tour you take, remember to bring your passport along in case of inspections. When you visit the DMZ or JSA, dress code is also crucial. So keep in mind not to wear ripped jeans or sandals or even unkempt hair. Your tour can end without prior notice should tension escalate. What is even more important, always ask for permission before taking photos.

2. What to do in Gyeongbokgung Palace

Since this palace can get Disneyworld-level crowded, be sure to get here before 10 am. Gyeongbokgung is open every day of the week except for Tuesday, so plan your visit carefully. Once you get there, you must try to observe the Palace Gate Opening Ceremony and the Guards Changing since they are quite fascinating to watch. Another helpful tip is to get yourself a Gyoengbokgung map of the palace so you can better explore Gyoengbokgung.

3. Visiting Nami Island

With K-dramas and reality shows dominating domestic and foreign small screens, this island has risen in popularity, attracting visitors by the millions. You will be wowed by how this small island is able to have all you can possibly wish for a destination. It appears that there is just no best time to visit Namiseom since the island dons a distinct beauty at each turn of the season. As springs welcome you with blooming flowers and crisp, cool air, summers greet you with lush greenery in the island’s hot and humid weather.

4. Learn some Korean phrases beforehand

If you speak in a foreign language to a man, you speak to his mind. But if you speak his mother tongue, you speak to his heart. Even though you can neither speak nor understand Hangeul, the official writing system of Korea, the locals will truly appreciate if you can use a few phrases in their language, like ‘thank you’, ‘excuse me’ or ‘hello’. It is also best to bring with you your phone or a phrase book as the majority of signs are written in Korean. Being able to speak Mandarin is definitely an advantage as many Koreans still use the language in everyday conversations.

5. Don’t be offended by the elbow

During your sojourn in Korea, there will be time when you are pushed or shoved. Do not be displeased as this is a common practice here in Korea, a fast-paced country of hasty and diligent workers. In fact, there are even situations that tests their patience further. Having said that, Koreans are generally kind, polite and respectful towards others, especially the elderly.

6. Korea, a skincare heaven

Supposing you forget your favorite moisturizers or beloved lotion, you need not fret as skincare stores abound in Korea. Another noteworthy thing about Koreans, they take their beauty regiment very seriously. Men applying cosmetics is not an uncommon sight here. Therefore, Seoul or Busan is littered with skincare shops or beauty store, even in the subway station. There are foreign as well as domestic brands for you to choose from. So if you are in need of a skincare fix, shopping in South Korea is a must for you.

7. Korea, a land of wi-fi

Not only does Korean possess the fastest Internet connection in the world, at 28.6 Mbit/s to be exact, it is also the promised land for social network lovers, as there is wi-fi almost everywhere. There is wi-fi coverage relatively everywhere you go in Korea, in shops or even on the metro system. Most of the time, it is free. However, there are places that charge for internet access via wi-fi.

8. How to tip in Korea

In fact, you do not have to tip in South Korea. With many unspoken but widely agreed upon rates of tipping, around 18-20% for an exceptionally good service, many visitors are taken aback by this practice. As opposed to North America, where tipping is expected, you do not have leave a tip in Korean nor do servers expect you to. With this knowledge, you will be able to have a much more affordable trip to Korea.

Countries that need to obtain visa

Any countries not mentioned below need to obtain a visa for South Korea.

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • Lesotho
  • Macao
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Palau
  • Portugal
  • Saint Lucia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • Andorra
  • Bahamas
  • Botswana
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Eritrea
  • France
  • Guyana
  • Iceland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Liberia
  • Malaysia
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Qatar
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • United States of America
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Haiti
  • Israel
  • Kiribati
  • Liechtenstein
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Nicaragua
  • Paraguay
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Barbados
  • Brunei
  • Croatia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Eswatini
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Marshall Islands
  • Morocco
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovenia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Thailand
  • Tuvalu
  • Vatican City
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Mauritius
  • Nauru
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Serbia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Venezuela

South Korea visa processing

Duration: The processing time for the visas vary from 5 working days (not including the date of application)

Procedure:

  1. Provide the relevant documents and payment
  2. Preliminary checking and advices
  3. Type application and prepare relevant documents
  4. Examine the application thoroughly by the visa consultant
  5. Appointment with South Korean embassy to submit your documents and bio-metrics
  6. Phase of Visa Application process
  7. Passport collection
  8. Visa- ready notification

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

It may take anywhere between 7 to 10 working days after the application is handed over to the embassy for short nationalities.

Yes, children below the age of 18 years need to be accompanied by their parents or elders. With a NOC letter from both parents stating that they have no issues for the travel. Attaching the passport copies to the child’s application

No, you will not be able to apply for a visa with a passport which is older than 10 years as the embassy will not be able to enter it in their systems.

Yes, only if you are a pilot, cabin crew or a frequent business flyer you will need to show your other travel itinerary and can travel and submit your passport when your visa is ready for stamping.

No, the visa fee is non-refundable in case of rejection as granting the visa is purely on the discretion of the embassy.

You will receive a receipt which has the embassy number you can call and check if they need any additional documents.

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory as it is for your own safety. If you get injured or any natural calamity occurs during your trip your insurance covers you for the above.

Yes, hotel booking is one of the main criteria for a visa application. Without which your visa will not be processed.