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Can I travel to Europe with Korean passport? I live in U.S

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1. Posted by europe124 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi,
I was wondering if it's possible to travel to Europe for about 70 to 80 days with Korean passport. I live in U.S. though. I'm not citizen yet.

I'm in process of getting green card.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

If you are a citizen of South Korea, just come over and you'll be granted permission to stay for 90 days in the Schengen area at the airport.

Schengen area countries are the following:

Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finnland, Greece, Italy, Island, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and Spain

For the UK you don't need a visa either, you can stay up to 6 months there as a tourist. Same for Switzerland, maximum stay is 3 months.

If you are a citizen of North Korea, you'll need to apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy of your first entry point or the country which is your main destination.

Your chances of getting one are better if you already have a green card, so you might want to wait.

UK-visa for North Koreans living in the US:

http://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Hi Europe.

Maia is correct - check out link

[ Edit: fixed link ]

4. Posted by europe124 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

First of all, thank you Maia and Mikey.
I'm South Korean.

So I'm able to travel to Europe with only Korean passport [I'm not US citizen, don't have green card yet]???

And can I return back to U.S. without renewal or something? In other words, am I able to return w/o any restrictions? Or do I need to get a visa for returning back to U.S?

I'm thinking about 2 months trip from June. But thing is my passport expires in December, and I heard that the passport has to have at least 6 months left? Could anybody answer me that question?

Thank you.

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

So I'm able to travel to Europe with only Korean passport [I'm not US citizen, don't have green card yet]???

YES, as long as it is South Korea.

And can I return back to U.S. without renewal or something? In other words, am I able to return w/o any restrictions? Or do I need to get a visa for returning back to U.S?

That is something I don't know - ask the US Immigration office or whoever is responsible for getting you your green card or visa into the US. They can tell you whether a stay of 2 months outside the US messes with your process of getting a green card.

I heard that the passport has to have at least 6 months left?

Unfortunately that is true. But if you come very early in June you might be ok, though. Just show the immigration officers a flight ticket home with a definite, non-changeable date.

But if you want to be sure, try to get a new passport before you leave.

6. Posted by europe124 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

What if I travel before June? Like for example, late May
I think my passport expires upcoming December 31.

But the problem is not going to Europe, but returning back to U.S. with Korean passport??
Is that what you mean?
I can still go to Europe with Korean passport in US right w/o green cards or citizenship?

Thank you.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

What if I travel before June? Like for example, late May
I think my passport expires upcoming December 31.

If your passport expires Dec 31 on the exact day, your last arrival date should be no later than June 26th.

But the problem is not going to Europe, but returning back to U.S. with Korean passport??
Is that what you mean?

YES.

If I was resposible for issueing your greencard, I would wonder whether you really wanted to live in the US, since you are going to Europe first chance you get. And for over two months too!

If you applied for a similar document like the greencard in Germany and went away for 80 days, I know for sure that your file would be closed and not looked at again. After all, you moved away and thus documented your will to live elsewhere. So you are not my business anymore, and your application for residence and work permit is something I will send back to you as arsewipe paper.

Go ask the authorities in the US how long you can be away before you get into trouble with your greencard application. Or whether you need a visa coming back to the US, ...

I can still go to Europe with Korean passport in US right w/o green cards or citizenship?

If you have a South Korean passport, you are a South Korean citizen. Europeans love South Koreans, so they let them in as long as they are tourists and have a flight ticket out of the EU.

It has nothing to do with having a US green card or not.

8. Posted by europe124 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Dear t_maia,

Being Korean male, until I go to the military [which is required], they won't extend my Korean passport for more than year until renewal.

But would there be problem if I return before June 26th?

What if I extended my passport? Would there be problems returning back to U.S.?

Thank you. One month doesn't sound bad either, but is probably short for what I have planned and especially paying high costs airfare around this time.

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

You missunderstood me.

The problem is that the visa you will be issued on arrival for the Schengen coutries grants you a stay of 90 days out of 180 days.

So:
- the officer is supposed to give you a visa valid for 180 days.
- you cannot get a visa valid for 180 days if your passport is not valid for that period + a few days when you arrive. (That is forbidden.)

See the problem?

So you need to get to the Schengen area by June 26th, not leave it.

Similar rule for the UK visa. The visa upon arrival you get is valid for six months. Now I don't know how the Brits count their months so I cannot telll you a date by which you must have gone to the UK, but similarily your passport must be valid for six months.

Ergo: You can travel for 90 days in Europe, you just must arrive when your passport is valid for longer than 6 months.

Alternatively you can always try to enter Schengen area and the UK with a passport valid for less than 6 months, if you explain your passport problem to the officer and got a non-refundable and non-changeable flight back to the US. But if you try this, there is a slight chance they will say "no" and you have to fly back home on the spot.

BTW, can't you renew your passport while you are in Europe and get some documents that you are going to do this in the US?

The thing is that people will be slightly scared that you use the full 6 months and that your passport will be no longer valid when the six months are over. Then they have a problem getting you out of Europe if you refuse to cooperate.

10. Posted by europe124 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Dear t_maia,

Ohh, I see your point. Sorry for misunderstandings.

I heard that I'm able to travel for 90 days in Europe without any form of visas. I didn't really get the part where I will be granted an issue of visa on arrival..? I thought I only needed passport as long as I don't stay for more than 90 days.

90 days = 3 months
180 days = 6 months
right??

I have a question about one phrase you've written:

'So you need to get to the Schengen area by June 26th, not leave it.'

DOES THIS MEAN THAT I'M OKAY TO TRAVEL FOR 90 DAYS AS LONG AS I ARRIVE IN EUROPE BY JUNE 26TH, 2006? OR GET THERE BY JUNE 26TH, BUT YOU CANNOT LEAVE BACK TO U.S?

But I'm mostly likely thinking of 60 - 70 days tour.

Well if I go to UK [probably not, but still thinking about it, because I'm only going to get 2 months Eurail ticket] and looks like London inbound airfare is cheapest. Paris inbound at this time is about $400 more. I'll rather catch EuroStar from London-Paris.

Do you mean that the passport has to be valid for six months upon arrival at Europe? And does not matter when I leave as long as its within 90 days period?

COULD YOU ELABORATE ON THE STATEMENTS BELOW?

BTW, can't you renew your passport while you are in Europe and get some documents that you are going to do this in the US?

The thing is that people will be slightly scared that you use the full 6 months and that your passport will be no longer valid when the six months are over. Then they have a problem getting you out of Europe if you refuse to cooperate.

Thank you always!