South Korea: Visa-Free Travel Resumed for Residents of Hong Kong

June 28, 2022 Jessie Butchley

Key Points  

  • Residents of Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will be permitted to apply for a visa entry waiver (K-ETA) 

Overview  

The government of South Korea will resume visa-free travel options for residents of Hong Kong beginning 1 July 2022. Residents of Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) passport holders will be permitted to apply for Korean electronic travel authorization (K-ETA) in order to benefit from visa-free travel to South Korea. Applicants must apply for a K-ETA at least 72 hours prior to boarding. The government advised additional entrance screening measures may apply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of South Korea will resume visa-free travel with Hong Kong in July 2022. The government stated that delays in K-ETA approval processing times are expected due to the increased volume in applications. Currently, 104 countries and jurisdictions benefit from visa-free travel with South Korea.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of South Korea’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  


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Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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