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I am taking a round trip from China to Japan. My departure flight has a 7-hour layover in Seoul, that would be okay, but on the return flight there is a layover of 24 hours. Can I get a transit visa for a 24 hour-stay at the airport? If not and I need to stay at the airport, how can I get a hotel at the airport online? Or I would just need to sit in the transit area for 24 hours?

P.S I have a Pakistani passport.

  • Possible duplicate of Korean transit visa required for Indians? – Newton Aug 22 '18 at 11:17
  • @Newton Indian is not Pakistani. – Mark Mayo Aug 22 '18 at 11:45
  • @MarkMayoI thought the answer had enough information for it to be general and not specific to Indians. – Newton Aug 22 '18 at 11:49
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    @Newton Understandable, but generally the idea is to close duplicate questions, not duplicate answers. – Mark Mayo Aug 23 '18 at 1:59
  • @MarkMayo so one can copy paste the answer here to address this question? – Newton Aug 23 '18 at 14:44
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As a Pakistani citizen, you will need a visa if you want to enter Korea. If you don't want to apply for a visa, or can't, there is a Transit Hotel in both terminals.

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According to Timatic, the database used by airlines to check for document requirements (and courtesy of Emirates), you may transit without visa, but could not leave the

Passport holder of Pakistan
Destination Japan
Transit countries/territories Korea, Republic of

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Passengers transiting through Seoul (ICN) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Passengers transiting through Seoul (ICN) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 72 hours. They must:
- join a transit tour organized by Seoul (ICN), and
- have documents required for the next destination.

Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country on the same calendar day. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

The Incheon Airport Transit Hotel is located within Incheon International Airport’s departure lounge.

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