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I am holding an Indonesian passport, studying in the United States. So, I am holding a US visa. I am going to transit in Seoul for 23 hours layover from Los Angeles to Indonesia.

Do I need a visa to enter Seoul for 23 hours?

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No. You are eligible to get a 30 day visa exemption for transit.

Non visa-exempt nationals who are in transit through South Korea are visa-exempt for 30 days, provided they hold a physical visa or a residence permit issued by the following countries, and meet one of the routing requirements:

  • They are directly arriving in South Korea from one of these countries and going to a third country, or directly leaving South Korea to one of these countries after arriving from a third country; or,
  • They are arriving in South Korea from one of these countries and have transited in a fourth country for less than 72 hours before entering South Korea, and continuing to a third country; or,
  • They are leaving South Korea after arriving from a third country to one of these countries and will be transiting in a fourth country for less than 72 hours.

Eligible Visas

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • United States

Alternatively, you can participate in an organized tour for roughly 10$.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_South_Korea#Transit

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  • Your first sentence says "yes you need a visa" and then your quote says "no you're visa exempt for 30 days". Which is it? Jan 23, 2019 at 6:43
  • Sorry for the confusion. Edited the answer. Jan 23, 2019 at 6:53

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