Do I need to apply for a visa to enter South Korea as a tourist for a few days when travelling on an Australian passport? Or will I be able to get one on arrival?


Australian Citizens do not require a visa when entering South Korea as a tourist. As of June 2014, Australian citizens no longer require a visa when entering for business purposes.

A good source for visa requirements is the Star Alliance Website. For South Korea you will need to select "Korea (Rep. of)"

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  • Even no visa for business purposes? Wow, I only knew that it was so easy for tourism! – hippietrail Mar 14 '12 at 18:53
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    Read it again - Australians DO need a visa for business. On my first trip there in 1999 no visa was required for business, however when I returned 1-2 years later they had just introduced that they were required. – Doc Mar 14 '12 at 19:15

No us Aussies don't need anything special for South Korea if we're just tourists.

I'm Australian and in the past 2 years or so I've popped in and out of Korea about seven times I think and the process is perfectly painless.

I believe we get ninety days and another Aussie sitting next to me who's just been there also recalls it as ninety days.

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