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Entering Korea

All participants who attend the 2018 AfDB Annual Meetings are required to have a valid passport and an appropriate Korean Visa.

Countries under visa waiver agreements

Nationals of visa waiver countries can enter Korea without a visa as long as the purpose of their visit is tourism or temporary visit. If they want to engage in profitable activities such as employment, they must apply for a Korean visa suitable for their purpose.

Participants requiring a Visa to enter the Republic of Korea are strongly advised to register as early as possible to start Visa process, 4 weeks in advance. Citizens from countries requiring a Korean Visa are not permitted to board a flight or enter Korea without Visa.

General Visa issuance process is:

  • Step 1. Complete registration for the 2018 AfDB Annual Meetings
  • Step 2. Receive registration confirmation letter issued by the AfDB
  • Step 3. Apply for Visa via Korea embassy or consulate

General Visa issuance process is:

  • Visa application form
  • Passport
  • Photo in standard format
  • Confirmation letter
  • The employment certificate

* Embassy may demand further additional documents if needed.

However, citizens from countries of the Visa exemption agreement with Korea do not have to apply for a Visa. In order to check whether you’re allowed to enter Korea without Visa issuance, check Annex 1&2 or the following link;

All participants are recommended to contact the Korean embassy or consulate in their countries for accurate information on VISA. A list of overseas Korean diplomatic missions is provided at Annex1&2 or the following link;

Visa information

General information and Visa applications can be found at the Korea Visa portal. The Visa Navigator will help you identify how to apply for the Visa. For more details, please visit:

Should you need any further assistance, please send an email to the Korean secretariat. ( Your email should contain a clear explanation on the situation you have faced and the information of the person you have contacted with from the Visa office.

Notification of LAISSER-PASSER

Please note that under the Korean Law, the Republic of Korea does not accept LAISSER-PASSER as an ID except for the one issued by the UN. We kindly ask for your understanding and wish you attach a copy of your personal passport when filling out TRAVEL DOCUMENT on AfDB Annual Meetings registration website.