I'm an Indonesian citizen with a US green card. I'm traveling to Jakarta. I have an 8-hour layover in South Korea. Based on https://visa.go.kr/, I'm pretty certain that I don't need a tourist/transit visa. However, am I allowed to leave the airport?

  • The page you link to says you may stay up to 30 days... Did you expect them to restrict you to the airport for that duration? :) :) :) Aug 16, 2018 at 6:54
  • You know, my inkling was that I’d be able to leave the airport but I don’t want to guess with immigration matters. I’ve re-read the information on the page so many times — I just need some reassurance 😇
    – Mel
    Aug 16, 2018 at 7:27

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As your linked site confirms, as an Indonesian passport holder and an individual with US permanent residency, the Republic of Korea allows you to travel to or transit through Korea without a visa. You will be able to stay for up to 30 days in Korea.

Tourists in transit to Third Countries

  1. Eligible Applicants
    Citizens of all countries except Syria, Sudan, Iran, Macedonia, Cuba, Republic Of Kosovo, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Ghana, Yemen.

  2. Requirements
    Persons who hold a visa (re-entry permit, permanent residency, etc.) to enter the United States, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand (hereinafter referred to as “the four advanced countries”) and
    ➣ who go to one of the four advanced countries in transit through Korea; or
    ➣ 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 nationality or a third country.

Please be noted that:
➣ If you are a U.S. visa holder who transit through Korea and Saipan to reach the U.S. as the final destination, you are permitted to enter Korea without a visa. (However, if you depart from the U.S. and enter Korea via Saipan, you are not granted no-visa entry to Korea.)

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