From Kpop tunes to revitalizing skincare products and mouthwatering snacks, the Korean wave has swept across the globe. Whether you're heading to a concert of your favorite group or exploring the picturesque islands of South Korea, traveling from the UAE is now straightforward. Tourists need to apply for the C-3-9 visa, commonly referred to as the 'short-term tourist visa.' This visa offers options for single entry (valid for three months), double entry (valid for six months), and multiple entry (valid for five years).

To embark on your journey, here's a comprehensive guide for UAE residents planning a visit to South Korea. Required documents include the online visa application form available at, which must be printed after completion. Along with this, applicants need to present their original passport and a copy, ensuring it's valid for at least six months post-travel. A copy of the UAE residence visa, also valid for six months, is mandatory. Virtual visa holders must provide both digital and printed copies. Residents of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi must apply through the Abu Dhabi embassy.

Applicants must also submit their original Emirates ID and a copy. Residents from specific countries must furnish proof of residency for the past two years, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and others listed. A recent bank statement stamped by the bank, issued within the last three months, is required. Those with financial sponsors must include a support letter, sponsor's passport copy, and proof of relationship. A 'no objection' letter from the sponsor detailing the visit's purpose and other specifics is also necessary.

A detailed itinerary, round-trip ticket, and proof of hotel reservation in South Korea are additional requirements. After completing the e-visa form, schedule an appointment at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai via the '365 Overseas Korean Portal' at Processing typically takes up to 14 business days, with status checks available online. Upon approval, collect the visa from the Korean embassy.

Visa fees are Dh160 for single entry, Dh280 for double entry, and Dh360 for multiple entry visas for stays under 90 days. For longer stays, fees are Dh240, Dh280, and Dh360 respectively. Note that these fees may vary for certain nationalities, as detailed on the consulate's website. Payments are accepted only in cash.