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Many of the attendees at HBP Surgery Week 2018 arrive from countries outside Korea, and HBP Surgery Week 2018 Administration’s goal is to make their entire experience as hassle-free and rewarding as possible.

Korea Visas

Foreign nationals entering Korea to attend HBP Surgery Week 2018 are generally required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa assigned by overseas branch of Korean embassy or consular offices. However, many are now permitted visa-free for a limited period under certain conditions following the "Citizens of the Countries under the Visa Exemption Agreement”. Any visitor from a country that has no diplomatic relations or no special visa exemption with Korea should obtain an entry visa before coming to Korea. If you are uncertain as to the requirements for entry visas to the Republic of Korea, please contact the Korean Embassy or the consulate nearest to you as soon as possible.

Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to Korea

Allowed to stay in Korea for 30 days only (unless otherwise specified below) for the purposes of tourism and visitation only.

As of May 24, 2016

  • -Japan (90 Days)
  • -Hong Kong (90 Days)
  • -Macao (90 Days)
  • -Taiwan (90 Days)
  • -Kuwait (90 Days)
  • -Brunei
  • -Qatar
  • -Saudi Arabia
  • -Oman
  • -United Arab Emirates
  • -Bahrain (90 Days)
North America
  • -United States (90 Days)
  • -Canada (6 Months)
South America
  • -Argentina (90 days)
  • -Honduras (90 days)
  • -Paraguay (90 days)
  • -Uruguay (90 days)
  • -Ecuador
  • -Guyana
  • -Andorra (90 days)
  • -Monaco (90 days)
  • -San Marino (90 days)
  • -Cyprus (90 days)
  • -Albania (90 days)
  • -Croatia (90 days)
  • -Slovenia (90 Days)
  • -Vatican
  • -Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • -Serbia
  • -Montenegro
  • -Australia (90 Days)
  • -Guam
  • -Fiji
  • -Nauru
  • -Palau
  • -Marshall Islands
  • -Solomon Islands
  • -Micronesia
  • -New Caledonia
  • -Samoa
  • -Tuvalu
  • -Tonga
  • -Republic of South Africa
  • -Mauritius
  • -Seychelles
  • -Swaziland
  • -Egypt
Check this out for more help!
  • -Ministry of Foreign Affairs Click
  • -Korea Immigration Service Click
  • -Hi Korea (e-government for foreigners) Click

Invitation Letter

Printing the invitation letter from “My Page"

  • -Registrants who completed payment are able to download the invitation letter from the online system.
  • -Please access 'My Page' with your registered ID and PW and click on ‘Invitation Letter’ to print it out.

Original Copy of the Invitation Letter

  • -Registration does not guarantee the applicant a visa.
  • -If you need an original invitation letter for a visa or any other reason, please email the secretariat ( with the request form.
  • -The original invitation letter will be available ONLY to those who have completed registration payment.
  • -For the international mailing service, USD 30 will be charged.
  • -If you are not sure whether you need an original invitation letter for visa issuance, please check with the Korean Embassy in your country.