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The XVII Congress participants entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Embassy of Republic of Korea or consular offices in your country. Some countries have a visa waiver or visa-free entry programme with the Republic of Korea, however, under the pandemic COVID-19 situation, this programme has been temporarily suspended.

The countries still eligible for visa-free entry are as follows.
- 49 countries/regions where visa-free entry is available (subject to change)
Albania, Andorra, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Guam, Guyana, Holy See, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, Greece, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland

From 1 September 2021, visa-free foreign visitors need Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) approval in order to obtain the boarding pass and to enter the Republic of Korea. K-ETA is mandatory for nationals or citizens of those above visa-waiver/visa-free entry countries who plan to travel to the Republic of Korea.

Nationals or citizens of K-ETA eligible countries should apply for K-ETA through the official website or mobile app (K-ETA) at least 24 hours before departure. For more information, please visit here, Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA).

Regardless this visa information, you are advised to contact the Embassy of Republic of Korea or consular offices in your country to have more accurate information regarding the visa application and K-ETA procedures. To see the list of Diplomatic Missions of Republic of Korea, please click here.

If an invitation letter is needed for the visa application, this can be obtained from the XVII Congress Secretariat ( after registration to this event and full payment has been completed.