Member since 31 Aug 2012
Total posts 10
Visa requirement for business meeting in South Korea? Internet says no but our corporate travel agent is saying I do. Anyone had any actual experience?
Member since 10 Mar 2011
Total posts 137
I have been to Seoul on a number of occasions for meetings and never needed a visa....
did you say business purposes or holiday?
I went for business... I don't recall getting a visa but it was a few years ago and as moa999 says below, the embassy website says you need one, so maybe the requirements changed.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
Embassy website has the following note:
Australian passport holder can enter Korea without an entry visa, if the purpose of their visit is Transit or Tourism and stay up to the 90days. You must have a valid Australian passport and onwards air/ferry-ticket to leave Korea within 90 days. If you need to engage in remunerative activities, etc. they must apply for a Korean visa appropriate to their purpose. *For business meeting or conference, they must apply for visa.
Of course YMMV, and it all depends how you tick the box.
(separate post as link needs approval)
Member since 20 Jul 2011
Total posts 6
The rules havent changed recently as far as I know. It has always been a grey area. I have been to Korea 3 times in the last couple of years. I always applied for a visa although there are couple of other colleagues of mine who traveled without a visa. It is indeed very tricky. If you want to have a peace of mind, just get a visa. It is very easy to apply, not very expensive, minimal documents & usually you get in 3-5 business days. If you are planning of traveling again in near future, apply for a multiple entry which is valid for 12 months.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 01 Mar 2012
Total posts 200
I agree with MOA99, it really depends how you tick the box. you really don't need a visa.
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 198
If you are travelling with a collection of business documents, and you are pulled out for questioning for some reason, and they examine your bag, then you will certainly require a Visa. I wouldn't take the risk, especially when your corporate travel agent said to get one.
Hi Guest, join in the discussion on
Visa requirement for business meeting in South Korea?
Already have an ET account? Log in below.
Signing up with Executive Traveller only takes a second and lets you
interact with our community. It's completely free and we'll never pass your information on to
Didn’t receive an activation email? Resend one to yourself here.
If you’ve forgotten your password, simply enter your email address
below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email to re-activate your account and enter a new password.
If you have not received the activation email, simply enter your email address below, then click 'Submit'. We’ll send you an email containing the activation link.
Subscribe to our free newsletter and get the latest news, reviews, tips and more sent straight to your inbox