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I’m planning on visiting Seoul for a few days. I'm not a US citizen but I'm a permanent resident. I’ve read online about South Korea’s 30-day visa exemption:

Non-visa-exempt nationals who are in transit through South Korea are visa-exempt for 30 days, provided holding a physical visa or a residence permit issued by the following countries and are arriving at South Korea from one of these countries and continuing to a third country, or arriving from a third country and continuing to one of these countries

Australia1

Canada

New Zealand

United States

My itinerary is USA>Philippines>Taiwan>Seoul> USA.

With my itinerary and permanent residency in the USA, am I eligible for the 30-day transit visa?

  • Do you mind adding your nationality to the question? Its relevant – Hanky Panky May 22 '18 at 8:11
  • Filipino citizen – Fred May 22 '18 at 22:36
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According to Timatic, the tool used by airlines to check document requirements (courtesy of Emirates), you do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Korea and can stay for up to 30 days. Note that, should you not be staying in Taiwan but transiting, you're limited to 3 days in South Korea.

Korea, Republic of (KR)

Visa Exemptions:
Nationals of Philippines with a residence permit issued by USA and a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to USA within 30 days. The following itineraries are possible:

  • arrive from a third country and departing to USA (e.g. PVG-ICN-USA); or
  • arrive from a third country and depart to another country for a maximum stay of 3 days, before departing to to USA (e.g. PVG-SGN-ICN-USA); or
  • arrive after transiting through a third country for a maximum of 3 days (e.g. PVG-ICN-SGN-USA).

Chinese Taipei (TW)

Visa Exemptions:
Nationals of Philippines with a normal passport for a maximum stay of 14 days.

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