Chinese visa for South Korean citizens

A visa is REQUIRED for South Korean passport holders visiting China for tourism and business purposes. See detailed requirements below:

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For South Korean citizens to enter China for a short-term tourism purpose. Visa required N/A
Evisa China e-visa for South Korean citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival China visa on arrival for South Korean citizens Not Available

China tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding South Korean passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in China.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from China.

If you are looking for China visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from South Korea, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of China nearest your place of residence.

  • Seoul: The Embassy of China in Seoul, South Korea (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 38 minutes)
  • Pusan: The Consulate General of China in Pusan, South Korea (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 38 minutes)
  • Jeju: The Consulate General of China in Jeju, South Korea (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 38 minutes)
  • Gwangju: The Consulate General of China in Gwangju, South Korea (Working hours: Open now. Close in 1 hours 38 minutes)

China visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest China diplomatic mission offices to South Korea for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from South Korea traveling to China from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (South Korea) estimated Change (%)
2008 3,889,620 N/A
2009 4,088,070 5.10%
2010 3,929,310 -3.88%
2011 3,810,240 -3.03%
2012 3,849,930 1.04%
2013 3,969,000 3.09%
2014 4,181,700 5.36%
2015 4,444,400 6.28%
2016 4,775,300 7.45%
2017 3,863,800 -19.09%
2018 4,193,000 8.52%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

China & South Korea comparison

China's area is approximately 9,388,211 km2 (3,624,807 sq mi), while the area of South Korea is approximately 97,230 km2 (37,540 sq mi). This means South Korea is 96.56 times smaller than China.

As of February 2021, China's population is ~1.5 billion people - 1,474,994,746 more people than the population of South Korea.

We have highlighted China & South Korea’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

China South Korea Difference
Population (est 2021) 1,526,984,508 51,989,762 1.5 billion more people live in China than South Korea
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 276 183 China has 93 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with South Korea.
Travel freedom (2021) 37 138 China passport holders visit 101 fewer countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 344 129 Chinese hosts 215 more foreign missions than South Korea.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from South Korea travel to China in one year?

The number of visitors from South Korea visiting China in 2018 was approximately 4,193,000.

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