Planning a Trip to the United States

Planning a trip to the United States
Planning a trip to the United States

Under U.S. visa law and regulations, Korean citizens need to obtain a visa if they intend to travel to the United States for business or pleasure.

There is currently no central office for consumer tourist information either within the American Embassy in Seoul, or elsewhere in Korea. Individual state and territorial tourism offices and regional Visitors Bureaus are useful sources of information. Contact information for individual state office is available at

International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of your travel. The Consular Officer in American Embassy will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you.

Apply for your Visa well in advance of your travel! Important steps to remember:

  1. Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
  2. Contact the Embassy Consular Section, to learn about timeframes for visa interviews and other issues, such as how to pay fees. Waiting time for an interview appointment is usually a few weeks or less, but it can be considerably longer.
  3. Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, necessary by most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected, as well as a digital photo. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process.