Please be informed that, following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in France, the Government of the Republic of Korea has decided to implement, with immediate effect, the temporary suspension of all visa issuance for French citizens and third country nationals living in France.

This temporary visa issuance suspension applies to all visa categories, for short and long sojourns.

Exceptions to visa issuance restrictions (the visa screening process takes 7 to 14 business days in average, depending on the visa type. Please submit the visa application documents sufficiently in advance, considering your departure date):

  1. Official and Important Business Purposes:
    Only if the relevant ministry officially asked in writing for cooperation to the Diplomatic mission.
  • Diplomacy and public affairs;
  • Investment, technology provision and essential business activities, upon recognition by the central administrative agency in Korea.
  1. Humanitarian Reasons:
    When urgent need to enter Korea is recognized as humanitarian reasons such as the death of a family member.
  1. Seamen Transit:
  • Sailor or seamen embarking a ship in transit in Korea (C-3-11).

Please note that, if the purpose of your travel falls under one of the three above-mentioned categories, you need to book an appointment at the Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) in Paris, via phone at +49 30 2902245 550 or via email through

Please click here to see the official notice published by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Paris.