Travel Visa Requirements & Safety: South Korea

South Korea visa requirements for U.S. Citizens.

South Korea allows citizens of more than 100 countries to enter without a visa for stays of up to 180 days. For a list of those countries, click here. Citizens of the United States are included in the visa exemption policy and may enter the Republic of Korea for tourism or business purposes for stays of up to 90 days.

Entry into South Korea using the visa exemption for United States citizens requires the following:

  • A passport that is valid on the date of entry.
  • One blank passport visa page.

Upon arrival in Seoul’s Incheon Airport, I was directed to an immigration lane reserved for people with disabilities and was processed very quickly.

Travel Safety & Advisories

For the most up to date and detailed information on the safety of travel to South Korea, read the country report authored and released by the United States Department of State at

Resources in an Emergency

If you encounter a medical emergency or are a victim of a crime in Seoul, contact the local authorities immediately. The number to dial for police, fire or emergency medical assistance in South Korea can be found in the emergency telephone numbers guide.

The nearest U.S. Embassy is located in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul and can also be a resource to American Citizens. It is located at:

188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu,
Seoul 03141, Korea

Contact information is listed below:

Phone:  +(82) (2) 397-4114
Phone (24-hours/Emergency):  +(82) (2) 397-4114