South Korean nationals don’t need to apply for a visa to travel to the Schengen states. the South Korean citizens need their valid passports if they want to go to Europe for tourism, travel, or transit there are no conditions attached for the need of a visa or other traveling documents prior to their entry to the border, the immigration officer looks for the validity of the passport, follows the routine protocol and allows the South Korean nationals to enter the Schengen state of their choice.

EU announced that they are going to change the entry requirements for their countries and they will impose a system that will resemble that of a visa waiver system which is already in effect in the US, Canada, and Australia. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared the need for the new system that will make all the countries in the Schengen area know who is entering their state and what is the security status of the travel and how safe that person is for the citizens of the European countries.

Currently, the South Koreans just like the other member nationals do not need any visa to enter the Schengen states of their intention. They can leave their countries on the vehicles of their choice and the immigration officer will allow them to enter the Schengen zone by checking the validity of their passport and their purpose of travel along with a few important questions.

After the implementation of the new system, these policies will take a complete turn and the South Korean nationals along with the people from the member states will have to apply for the visa waiver from the new system called ETIAS.

REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT EUROPE

Nowadays the South Korean nationals do not require a European visa or Schengen visa to enter the European states. The case is the same with all the other nationals from the list of 62 member countries. The South Koreans do not need any paper or traveling documents if they want to enter the Schengen zone and move freely. The things will not remain the same the next year. S after the implication of the new system called ETIAS the South Korean nationals must obtain a visa waiver from the new system that will allow them to enter any of the Schengen states and a stay of 90 days.

eu-LISA is responsible for fabricating, deploying, and implementing the ETIAS. The eu-LISA will make sure that all the databases are linked together and not a single person could hide any sensitive information and damage the safety and security of the Schengen states. Following is the list of the most valuable and significant database that will be the part of the nexus which ETIAS will utilize to scan and screen the individuals:

  • Visa Information System (VIS)
  • Interpol
  • EURODAC
  • SIS
  • Schengen Information System (SIS II)
    • South Korean citizens must obtain a visa waiver from the system after its implication in 2022. Without the visa waiver, no vehicle bound to the Schengen area will allow the South Korean nationals to board it and go to the border. If the South Korean citizens reach the port or border on their own vehicle they will not be allowed to pass through the border and enter eh Schengen state if they have not already obtained the visa waiver authorization from the ETIAS. The visa waiver will be necessary for all travelers from South Korea.

      South Korean citizen who has a valid passport are eligible to apply for the visa waiver authorization. The passport must be valid for more than three months from the date of travel. The South Koreans need to fill the application form by providing the passport number, email address, and some other details. The form will need the answer to the questions and after paying the fee from debit or credit card. When all the information is screened and the applicant is fit to travel and safe for the EU citizens the visa waiver authorization will be sent to the email address provided at the beginning of the application form.

      MUTUAL VISA WAIVER AGREEMENTS

      There is an agreement between South Korea and other Schengen countries. This agreement allows the South Korean citizens to enter the Schengen state and stay for more than 90 days in the specific country. There is one condition imposed that the South Korean nationals must remain in the same country and they cannot freely roam in more than one country of the Schengen zone. The South Korean nationals who want to visit more than one country must apply for the ETIAS that will allow them to freely move in all of the Schengen states and stay of 90 days in the period of 6 months.

      The reciprocal agreement makes South Korean citizens stay in the Schengen state but they are not allowed to enter any of the other Schengen states. The South Korean citizens must fly directly out of the state without touching the grounds of the other nation.

      VISITING EUROPE WITH ETIAS

      The ETIAS visa waiver will allow the South Korean citizens to enter the Schengen zone and stay in any or all the countries for not more than 90 days. The visa waiver authorization will remain valid for three years. The visa waiver is electronically linked to the passport of the traveler provided at the time of application. If the passport expires before the three-year validity period the visa waiver authorization will also be revoked and eh holder will have to leave the Schengen zone at once. The South Korean national will have to get a new passport and the ETIAS process will require you to start it from the beginning of the application process. After again getting the visa waiver linked to the passport the South Korean citizen will be allowed to enter the Schengen zone and have a stay of 90 days in 6 month period.

      The regulation for the South Korean citizens and other nationals will remain the same and they will not be allowed to carry drugs or firearms through the border to the country. The import and export implications on tobacco and alcohol will also remain the same and the only change will be the ETIAS programmer that will require the citizens of all the member countries to apply for the visa waiver before leaving their country and reaching the border.

      From the last quarter of 2022, this system will be in effect and all travelers from South Korea from the age of 18 or above must have to apply and obtain the visa waiver authorization from the ETIAS. Without the authorization, no one will be allowed to board the vehicle bound to reach the Schengen borders. The system will make sure and inform all the countries regarding who is planning to enter the Schengen zone.

      ETIAS APPLICATION FOR SOUTH KOREANS

      The ETIAS will allow the South Korean nationals to apply on the online portal, provide the basic information and get the visa waiver. A valid passport, email address, and a credit or debit card are the essential things required to start the application process. After paying the application fee the process will start and the applicant will get the visa waiver on the email address and it will electronically linked to the passport provided.

      All the applicants from the member states including South Korea must provide the first country of their entry. The online process will only take 10 to 15 minutes in which all the information provided by the applicant will be screened from the various national and international databases. Some of the significant databases which will be used to look for the authenticity of the information provided by the applicant are

      • Interpol
      • SIS II
      • VIS
      • Europol
      • EURODAC

      If everything is good and there is no issue with the data the applicant will get the visa waiver at the email address provided at the beginning of the application. But if there is any discrepancy the automatic process will be shifted to manual and the specialized team will look for the discrepancies. If there is a need for some documents the authorities will inform the applicant and after completing the process and making sure that the individual is not a threat to the safety of the EU citizens the visa waiver will be sent. If the record indicates the alarming situation the denial will be sent to the email address along with the reasons.

      FAQs ETIAS FOR SOUTH KOREANS

      RESIDENCY IN THE SCHENGEN ZONE WITH ETIAS

      ETIAS is a visa waiver that provides you with a short stay of 90 days no South Korean national can stay in Schengen state more than 90 days with the ETIAS visa waiver.

      NUMBERS OF TRAVEL TRIPS WITH ETIAS

      The South Korean nationals who have obtained the visa waiver authorization from ETIAS can enter and leave all or any of eh Schengen states of their choice as many times as they want in the period of three years.

      STUDY OR WORK IN EUROPE WITH THE ETIAS

      ETIAS is a visa waiver authorization but it doesn't provide the opportunity to the South Korean nationals to work and study in any of the Schengen states. The people who want to get employment or want to enroll in the Schengen states must apply for a specific visa