Notice

NOTICE

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In principle, the multiple citizenship holders need to present their Korean passports for immigration inspection when they enter or exit the Republic of Korea. If so, they do not need to apply for K-ETA.

And at the airline counter, you need to present both of the passports to get your boarding pass. However, the airline might reject to issue the boarding pass for not having valid K-ETA if there is any discrepancy in personal information written on the passport bio page (such as name or date of birth) between Korean passport and U.S. passport or for any other reasons. So, please check this matter with the airline in advance.

If you do not have a valid Korean passport, please apply for or renew your passport at a diplomatic mission of the Republic of Korea and enter the country with it. However, if you are not able to get it due to inevitable situations such as COVID-19, you need to apply for K-ETA and enter the country with your U.S. passport.

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To apply K-ETA for 'Priority Entry (Business) Persons', you need to submit the documents requested by the department in charge, such as certificate of business registration, a copy of the passport bio page of the foreign invitee, and the list of the applicants.

※ For detailed information, please visit the official K-ETA website and refer to K-ETA Application Guide for [Priority Entry (Business) Persons]’ of [Notice].

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First, domestic company (or organization) applies for K-ETA to the department in charge (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Ministry of SMEs and Startups, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, etc.) related to their business institutional industry.

Second, the department in charge verifies the entry purpose of the applicant as ‘important business purpose (priority entry persons)’, the department in charge sends the K-ETA application to the Ministry of Justice via the official letter.

Third, The Ministry of Justice evaluates the validity of K-ETA issuance based on the K-ETA application form sent by the department in charge, and then notifies the evaluation result (official letter) to the domestic company (or organization) by e-mail and also to the department in charge by official letter.

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Foreign nationals of the countries/regions where visa-free entry has been suspended who intend to enter the Republic of Korea for an important business purpose are eligible for K-ETA for Priority Entry (Business) Persons.
However, those who intend to work for short term to engage in profit-making activities (C-4), such as temporary performance activities, advertisementㆍfashion models, lectureㆍspeeches, research, technical guidance, are not allowed to apply and must obtain a visa at a diplomatic mission for entry.

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The eligibility of the K-ETA application depends on the nationality stated on the bio page of the passport, not on the country of residence or departure. Therefore, if you are a national of a country where visa-free entry has been suspended, you cannot apply for K-ETA.

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If you have a temporarily saved application, you may receive this e-mail saying your application will be deleted.

If you received the 'Approval for Electronic Travel Authorization' e-mail, you may disregard the notification email.

* You can check your application status at the K-ETA website or K-ETA App-[K-ETA Application Results]-[Check K-ETA Results]

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If you plan to stay at various locations, please enter the address of main location where you will be staying during the visit. If the address is changed after you obtained the K-ETA approval, please update it at the K-ETA website [K-ETA Application Results]-[Edit Information]. Please be advised that there may be disadvantages if you do not update your address.

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As numerous K-ETA applications from all over the world are being submitted, there is a limitation with the file size. Your photo size should be less than 100KB and 700*700 pixels. If you find it difficult to change the size, download the K-ETA application (K-ETA) from Google Play (Android Phone) or App Store (iPhone). The mobile app will automatically resize the photo.

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For the address search, you can get the result quickly and easily if you enter both the five-digit postal code and the road name (without the building number and special characters) in the ‘Address Finder’ pop-up window. For your reference, detailed guidance can be found at the [Notice] board (No. 5: Address Finder) of the official K-ETA website.

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During the COVID-19 situation, quarantine related documents such as negative PCR test results are required even if you receive K-ETA approval.