Visa application / entry requirements: South Korea

AUTHORITY (depends on residence of the applicant)


all German States, independent of residence

Optional you can choose this SERVISUM office:

SERVISUM Frankfurt

Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Hessen
(Due to long processing times, we recommend an application through Berlin.)

German (and other) nationals travelling as tourists or for business purposes (for meetings and conferences) are required to obtain an electronical entry permit (called an ETA) before travelling. 

Currently valid: From April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024, German citizens and 21 more nationals no longer need a K-ETA to enter South Korea visa-free. Further information can be found on the K-ETA website. (Source: German Federal Foreign Office)

For other travel purposes, a visa must be applied for.


We will be happy to assist you in applying for your ETA permit. To do so, we need the following documents from you by e-mail:

  • ETA application (download here)
  • coloured passport copy (first double page with personal information)
  • Passport photo (biometric, coloured)

(only single entry possible)

  • visa application form
    see on the right, completed in full
    !! Please also check the following notesfileadmin/redakteure/pdf/KOR-Hinweise.pdf !!

  • consent form
    of Korean Visa Application Center (KVAC), download here

  • passport
    original, at least valid for 6 months after journey

  • passport picture
    original, biometric, photo requirements

  • NEW: power of attorney
    download here

    non-German applicants
  • current residence registration (Meldebescheinigung) (if EU citizen) or
  • valid residence permit for Germany (if not EU citizen)

  • letter of invitation
    from the company in South Korea, with travel period and number of entries (single entry)

  • company letter
    from employer in Germany with detailed description of travel purpose (sample) and number of entries (single entry)

  • business registration cerificate
    from South Korean company, not older than 3 months

  • purchase order
    copy of the contract between the German and South Korean company, if contractual work is involved

about 2 weeks

Website of the embassy:

Please attach the SERVISUM-Order Form to your assignment for regular visa.

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Embassy fees


embassy fee

variable depending
on category

KVAC fee
in Berlin

60.00 €


Visa processing is outsourced by the embassy in Berlin. An application centre (KVAC) receives the applications and charges a fee.

Application Form

Please save the PDF file on your computer before completing.

Application Form