Visa

Commonly asked questions about visa requirements to enter South Korea.

Do I need a visa?

Please review this website for more information on your specific case. Depending on your citizenship, you may be visa exempt. If you are not visa exempt, please check this list to see if you qualify for a K-ETA (online authorization to enter the country).

For information regarding your nearest Korean embassy, please visit mofa.go.kr

What entry purpose should I request for my visa?

All participants who need a visa (not K-ETA) should request the Short Term Visit (C-3-1) visa, 90 days or less. You can read more about the visa type for your citizenship here.

What are general visa application document requirements?
  • All of the countries from the K-ETA list can apply online for authorization to enter the country without going to the embassy.
  • All of the countries that are not on the list should visit the embassy/consulate in their country of residence. The list of documents required for obtaining a visa can be found on this page.
  • Please Note: We recommend your passport has at least six months until expiry date at the time of your travel and visa dates.
What is the visa application procedure?
How do I confirm whether I need the visa or not if I am unsure?

We recommend confirming with your local Korean embassy by calling or emailing them directly if you are unsure after looking at the links above.

How do I receive a visa invitation letter?

Please visit the ‘Info’ tab on journey.lausanne.org (once you have paid your registration deposit) and Lausanne will issue the documents to your email. The cut off time for invitation letters is 22 August 2024.

If you require physical or notarized copies sent to your address you must write to registrar@lausanne.org with your request as soon as possible and no later than 31 July 2024 for us to process your request.

Please direct any further questions regarding visas to registrar@lausanne.org

What if I cannot get a visa or my visa is denied?

Should you be registered for onsite participation and your visa is denied, an opportunity to participate virtually will be made available. Please see our refund policy under the Payments section.

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