Entry visas may be necessary to travel to Korea depending on your nationality.  If needed, please apply for your Korean visa as soon as possible to avoid possible delays.  Visa application should be made at Korean embassies or consulates in the participant’s respective countries.

  Nationals of countries or regions allowed for visa-free entry  





Brunei(30 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Indonesia (diplomatic and official, 14 days), Japan (90 days), Macau (90 days), Taiwan (30 days)


Argentina (30 days), Canada (6 months), Ecuador (30 days), Guyana (30 days), Honduras (30 days), Paraguay (30 days), United States (90 days), Uruguay (30 days)


Albania (30 days), Andora (30 days), Bosnia-Herzegovina (30 days), Croatia (30 days), Cyprus (30 days), Monaco (30 days), Montenegro (30 days), San Marino (30 days), Serbia (30 days), Slovenia (90 days), Vatican (30 days)


Australia (90 days), Fiji (30 days), Guam (30 days), Kiribati (30 days), Marshall Islands (30 days), Micronesia (30 days), Nauru (30 days), New Caledonia (30 days), Palau (30 days), Samoa (30 days), Solomon Islands (30 days), Tonga (30 days), Tuvalu (30 days)

Middle East
and Africa

Bahrain (30 days), Egypt (30 days), Kuwait (30 days), Lebanon (diplomatic and official 30 days), Mauritius (30 days), Oman (30 days), Qatar (30 days), Saudi Arabia (30 days), Seychelles (30 days), South Africa (30 days), Swaziland (30 days), United Arab Emirates (30 days), Yemen (30 days)

  Countries under visa exemption agreement

Passport Type



30 days


60 days

Lesotho, Portugal

90 days


Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand


Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (Diplomatic/Official: 30 days, Ordinary: 90 days)


[Schengen countries (except for Slovenia out of the 25 Schengen countries)], Austria (Diplomatic/Official: 180 days), Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

※ Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden (180 days within 90 days. To renew, need to wait 6 months), Portugal (60days)

[Non-Schengen countries] Bulgaria, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Romania, Turkey, UK

Africa &
Middle East

Israel, Liberia, Morocco


Algeria (90 days), Argentina (90 days), Azerbaijan (30 days), Bangladesh (90 days), Belarus (90 days), Belize (90 days), Benin (90 days), Cambodia (60 days), Cyprus (90 days), Croatia (90 days), Ecuador (Diplomatic: as needed for work performance, Official: 3 months), Egypt (90 days), India (90 days), Iran (3 months), Japan (3 months), Kazakhstan (90 days), Laos (90 days), Mongolia (30 days), Pakistan (3 months), Paraguay (90 days), Philippines (Unlimited), Russia (90 days), Uruguay (90 days), Vietnam (90 days), Myanmar (90 days), Bolivia (90 days), Kyrgyz (30 days)


Turkmenistan (30 days), Ukraine (90 days), Uzbekistan (60 days)



 Visa applicants are required to submit their passport, application forms, a recent passport-size color photograph, and other relevant documents as determined by their status of stay.  For detailed visa requirements and other information on entry conditions, see:

 Formal letter of invitation for visa application
In some cases, participants may require a formal letter of invitation from the host organization to obtain a visa.  Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (KORDI) is going to issue formal invitation letters to all registrants from non-Korean-visa-waiver countries.  You can check your invitation letter status here.  If you need a letter for your application and your name is not on this list, please contact Dr. Keun-Hyung Choi at your earliest convenience:

Dr. Keun-Hyung Choi
International Cooperative Programs
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
Fax: +82-31-408-5934

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