I am an Indonesian passport holder who has Australian residency. I'm planning to go to Korea (ICN) through Taiwan (TPE), but I won't leave Taipei airport the first time around.

From my research and this website, it states that passport holders from countries that are NOT granted visa-free entry to Korea, but hold either an Australian, US, Canadian, NZ visa AND are transiting FROM/TO the countries mentioned above through Korea are eligible for 30 day visa-free entry to Korea.

My plan is as follows:

  • SYD-TPE (not leaving)-ICN
  • ICN - TPE (stays for 2/3 days) - SYD


Transit tourists bound for another country

Eligible countries Applicable to all countries (save forMacedonia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan and Iran) that are not granted visa-free entry into Korea. Applicable to… Persons holding a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter >the U.S. (including Guam and Saipan), Canada, Australia, or New Zealand(hereinafter referred to as "the four advanced countries") 1) who transit through Korea to go to one of the four advanced countries. 2) who stay in one of the four advanced countries and take a direct flight from >the country to Korea to go to a country of origin or a third country.

My question is:

What counts as a 'Direct Flight'? If I stop by TPE but not exiting, am I eligible for visa-free entry to Korea?

1 Answer 1


You're not transiting in ICN, you're going to ICN. Your flight is a round trip SYD-ICN-SYD, which makes ICN the destination, and not a transit.

If you were doing say SYD-ICN-PEK and back, that'd work. But as it stands now, your itinerary precludes you from getting the visa-free entry.

  • What if I'm going for SYD-ICN-TPE-SYD?
    – eggtartyum
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 11:59
  • It might work, IF you are indeed entering Taiwan (and not just transiting there).
    – user67108
    Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 12:02

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