I am Pakistani national and was student in Japan. Now for further studies I am moving to the US. I have US student visa now. I am traveling from Japan and I have layover at Inchen Airport, Seoul for about 18 hours. Can I get the South Korean visa on arrival? It is long time for layover, I can't stay in transit area that long and I will like to go out.

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You do not need a visa in order to transit Incheon airport, as long as your connection is less than 24 hours. However as a Pakistan citizen you will NOT be allowed exit the international transit area of the airport.

Your only option if you wish to exit the airport would be to obtain a tourist visa in advance. There are no options for obtaining one one arrival in South Korea.

  • Korea has a transit tourist program allowing for a 30 day entry, but Pakistani nationals unfortunately aren't eligible. There's also a 72-hour transit entry, but again it looks like Pakistani nationals aren't eligible. Aug 3, 2019 at 20:08
  • Timatic only refers to the 24hr TWOV scheme, remaining in the transit area. According to the Wikipedia page Pakistanis, along with a number of other nationalities, are specifically excluded from the various exemptions.
    – user90371
    Aug 3, 2019 at 21:48
  • Yup, that's why I said their only option was to get a visa...
    – Doc
    Aug 4, 2019 at 3:25

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