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Government site for application: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do

Good for 2 years.

Generally is overnight approval; regardless apply 1 to 2 months before trip out of caution.
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Old Jul 22, 21, 4:27 pm
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Korea Electronic Travel Authorization Required For Entry After September 1, 2021

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Korea Electronic Travel Authorization Required as of September 1

Originally Posted by US Embassy Notice
Starting September 1, 2021, U.S. citizens traveling to Korea must have a valid visa or an approved Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) to enter Korea. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Korea for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain a K-ETA. Apply at the K-ETA website for 10,000 KRW: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do. The fee is non-refundable even if the application is denied. Travelers must apply for the K-ETA at least 24 hours prior to boarding a flight or ship bound for Korea. Note: the application fee is waived during the K-ETA pilot period from May 3 to August 31, 2021.

Visas are required for all other purposes, including employment, teaching English, and for stays longer than 90 days.

Please consult our COVID-19 website for other pandemic-related entry requirements, including the need to show results from a negative PCR test issued within 72 hours of departure and a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a government facility at the travelers expense for most short-term visitors: https://kr.usembassy.gov/022420-covid-19-information/.
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Old Jul 25, 21, 12:07 pm
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Here's hoping they can open up (safely, of course).
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Old Nov 11, 22, 10:59 am
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K-ETA?

We are headed to Korea for 2 weeks over Christmas/NYE, scheduled to depart out of JFK on December 15th both of us are USA citizens. I'm starting to see news coverage of the delays many are experience in getting their K-ETA approved. How early should we apply to ensure we get it approved in plenty of time? Anyone with recent experience?
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Old Nov 11, 22, 11:21 am
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Why not just apply now, good for 2 years.
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Old Nov 11, 22, 1:39 pm
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Why not just apply now, good for 2 years.
That's what I think I will do. Thank you!
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Old Nov 16, 22, 10:31 am
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In case this is helpful to anyone else, I submitted my application via the government app yesterday and got my approval letter within an hour.
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Old Nov 17, 22, 1:20 am
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It is fast for MOST people, particularly Americans. HOWEVER, many people do have huge delays. The website notice section (also a pop up) - says you should apply one or two months before your flight now.
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Old Nov 20, 22, 11:48 pm
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Did mine yesterday (Japanese, American). Checked today and both were approved.
I did not get a notification via email that I had submitted nor been approved. Make sure you write down your application number.
I had real issues with getting the picture small enough to be accepted.

I was also confused at first as to where to apply. I searched Korean e visa and got a Korean government site which offers e-visa. What I really needed was the gov. K-ETA site.
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Old Nov 20, 22, 11:52 pm
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Note the link in the OP's post is to a site that charges an extra fee to check your application (couldn't tell how much without filling out everything).

The official application site is here, cost is 10,000krw:

https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do
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Old Nov 23, 22, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by JapanFlyerT View Post
Did mine yesterday (Japanese, American). Checked today and both were approved.
I did not get a notification via email that I had submitted nor been approved. Make sure you write down your application number.
I had real issues with getting the picture small enough to be accepted.

I was also confused at first as to where to apply. I searched Korean e visa and got a Korean government site which offers e-visa. What I really needed was the gov. K-ETA site.
Exact same experience for me - K-ETA was approved almost immediately, but never received an e-mail to that effect.
I saw the approval by logging in again to the application site.
Also was a bugger getting the picture small enough to be accepted.
But the process was easy enough, although it seemed overly complicated while doing the application.
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