Schengen visa is valid for the member states of the Schengen agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Schengen visa issued by an Embassy or Consulate allows the holder to travel freely in the Schengen area for a short term as a tourist, on business or private visit.
South Korean citizens do not need a Schengen visa to enter Finland or the rest of the Schengen area. Koreans can stay for 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa. For longer stay a residence permit is needed.
Please note that holders of a Schengen visas are still subject to immigration control. Even a valid Schengen visa is no guarantee for entry into any of the Schengen countries.
You can apply for a visa in a country where you are legally residing. If you are in Korea as a tourist you cannot apply for a visa at the Embassy. Please keep in mind the following rules:
The visa processing time is approximately one to four weeks.
Note that these are the standard required documents mentioned below. Other documents may and will be requested when needed.
In addition to the above please provide:
Proof of employment or enrolment certificate that clearly states your work or studies continue after your trip is over.
Students must always provide a certificate of financial situation, such as bank statement or certificate of sponsorship. In most cases proof of continuity of studies is required.
In case of minors traveling alone parents' written consent must be submitted with the application.
Other documents can be required depending on your situation and purpose of visit.
The fee is to be paid in cash in KRW on application according to the current exchange rate. If the visa is refused or the application is withdrawn by the applicant, the visa fee will not be reimbursed.
Schengen visas are issued free of charge for the spouses and dependants of EU-nationals. Spouse's passport and a marriage certificate/ children's full birth certificate and parent's passports should be presented. All documents should be presented original.
There is no visa fee for Diplomatic, Official or Special passport holders providing that they are travelling on official duty. A note from the Embassy should be presented. Otherwise the same fees apply as for ordinary passport holders.
A person dissatisfied with the decision may request a rectification. The rectification request must be filed in writing in Finnish or Swedish and lodged within thirty (30) days from the service of this decision. The rectification request may be delivered by the petitioner personally or his/her authorised attorney.
A decision of a Finnish diplomatic or consular mission on a rectification request may be appealed to the Helsinki Administrative Court. The right of appeal applies to rectification request decisions that are made on 1 April 2016 or later. Instructions for appeal are appended to the decision on the rectification request. The appeal document must be lodged with the mission that made the decision. The mission submits all the appeal documents to the Helsinki Administrative Court. The appeal must be lodged within 30 days of notice of the decision on the rectification request. The appeal must be made in writing in Finnish or Swedish. The Administrative Court fee of the appellate proceedings is EUR 250.
In visa matters relating to the free movement of EU citizens and their family members, the applicant may appeal to the Administrative Court without a rectification request procedure.