Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 99 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements.
Detailed information is available at the U.S. Department of State Website.
The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) can be reached in the U.S. and Canada by calling 1-800-868-7567 and has a useful website in English at http://www.visitkorea.or.kr/intro.html.
Tourist and Business Visas - All visas including long-term visas are for a single visit; therefore, anyone who wishes to leave the country and re-enter later on during the allowed period of stay should obtain the Re-entry Permit from the Ministry of Justice prior to departure. For business visas, the intention of activities must be clearly stated on the visa application form.
If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now! Strict security requirements may cause delays in visa processing.
Letters of Invitation
FOR CONFERENCE CHAIRS, TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS & AUTHORS: Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must be listed on a paper or in the program to receive an invitation letter. You may access and print an Invitation Letter Request Form.
- Please fill out a separate form for each person requesting a letter
- Fax completed form to SPIE at 1-360-647-1445 or send electronically to email address on form
- All letters of invitation will be sent by airmail and by e-mail (as a PDF attachment) unless a courier account number or credit card number with expiration date is provided with the original request
- Please allow up to 15 business days to process your request
We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff can result in a cancellation fee.