Entry to Korea

For Non-Koreans to attend the AP VALVES & STRUCTURAL HEART 2023 meeting in Seoul, South Korea, valid passports and entry visas depending on one’s visa requirement should be acquired prior to entry to the country. Some countries may be on visa-free/waiver programs, but due to the pandemic, all international attendees are advised to contact the Korean Embassy or Consulate in their country to learn updated visa requirements before booking a flight or a room for the conference.

Search for Korean Embassy/Consulate in your country here.


Following the implementation of K-ETA, nationals of 112 countries/regions who were eligible for visa-free entry now should apply for K-ETA for the issuance of the boarding pass. K-ETA authorization is generally valid for multiple trips over a period of two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Please refer to the details by clicking here and apply K-ETA here.

COVID-19 Policy

With frequent changes in COVID-19 protocols and quarantine measures, we advise you to check the latest conditions from the Korean Embassy or Consulate prior to departure. Following information is only for reference and may not contain the current requirements.

  • QUARANTINE: From June 8, 2022 onwards, all overseas entrants will be exempt from isolation regardless of vaccination status and nationality.
  • COVID-19 PCR TEST: From June 1, 2023 onwards, all overseas entrants without any symptoms of COVID-19 will be exempt from PCR test recommendation within 3 days on their arrivals.
  • Q-CODE: Entrants into Republic of Korea must submit quarantine information via Q-CODE and present issued QR code to a quarantine officer when arrival. You can find about Q-CODE here.

Symptomatic Entrants

Classification PCR Test Test Result Action
Symptomatic Entrants Arrival Hall or Central Quarantine and Quarantine Facility Positive Transfer to one's residence, hospital, or home isolation facility to be entered
Negative The procedure for the asymptomatic entrants shall be followed by object

Asymptomatic Entrants

Classification PCR Test
Test Result Quarantine (if positive)
Korean / Foreigner Medical Institution
(*Cost to be borne by the traveler)
Positive Quarantine recommended for the positives
Negative -
These requirements may change, so please check with the local Korean Embassy or Consulate first before departure for the latest COVID-19 test/quarantine measures.

Invitation Letter / Letter Addressed to Korean Embassy for Visa Application

1) Attendee

If you need an invitation letter or letter addressed to Korean Embassy to apply for a visa, please check either of the two buttons in the green box when you register online.


Once you complete the registration, the secretariat will send you the requested documents by e-mail. Please note that your full name, passport no., and address will be included in both documents along with the purpose and duration of the visit. Visa application process may vary depending on location, so contact or visit a local Korean Embassy or Consulate when applying.

2) Faculty / Presenter

To download the documents, you can visit the faculty/presenter webiste and go to [Travel Arrangement].