Visa Information

Valid passport and Korean visa are required to enter the Republic of Korea.

For more accurate information, the Korean Ophthalmological Society (KOS) recommends you contact the specific Embassy for each country to ask about necessary documents for visa issuance. It is also highly recommended to apply for a visa at least one month before your departure for the Republic of Korea as your visa process may take time.

Nationals of those countries or regions with which Korea has signed a visa waiver agreement can enter without a visa for up to 30 to 90 days. For more information on visa issuance, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Korea Visa Portal

Quarantine / Submission of COVID-19 (PCR) Test Result

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.

  • From June 8 onwards, all overseas entrants will be exempt from isolation regardless of vaccination status and nationality. However, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival will continue to be isolated.
  • COVID-19 testing requirement for overseas entrants to take tests both before and after entering the nation from abroad is still in place.
    Before entry STEP 1 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 48 hours or Supervised Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hours
    *Remote supervised ART/Tele-ART will not be accepted.
    STEP 2Register vaccination records at Q-CODE
    After entry PCR test within 3 days of entry
    *It can be taken at Incheon Airport COVID-19 Testing Center or local hospitals.
    *We highly recommend you to prebook on-arrival COVID PCR Test.

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

ICO 2023 SEOUL will send official invitation letters upon request. Such an invitation is intended to help potential attendees raise funds or obtain visas. It is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. To receive the invitation letter, completing the registration, making full payment, and submitting your abstract are required.

If you need the invitation letter to participate in the meeting, please mark ‘Request Letter of Invitation’ in the Visa Letter Application and fill in all the necessary information.