How Long Does it Take to Receive a Visa for Korea?

How Long Does it Take to Receive a Visa for Korea?
Korea is divided into two countries. South Korea (or the Republic of Korea) is a democratic country with good relations with the United States. North Korea is run by a dictatorship that has had conflict with the U.S. government. Obtaining a visa for South Korea is easier than for North Korea.


Visas for South Korea are not required for stays of less than 90 days. A visa is required to enter North Korea for any length of time.

South Korea Timeline

A visa for South Korea can be obtained in approximately four business days and can be expedited for an additional fee.

North Korea Timeline

North Korea does not have an embassy in the United States, so all visa requirements must be sent to the United Nations in New York. As a result, getting a visa for North Korea can take weeks.

Additional Requirements

A valid passport is required to visit both countries. The passport needs to be valid for at least six months past the date of departure. It can take four to six weeks to get a new passport.

Visa Types

You need to have the proper type of visa (for example, business, student, tourist) before entering either country. The visa cannot be switched in-country and changing visas before departure can delay processing time.

Article Written By Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.

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