PSA: Beware Of Unauthorised Websites Selling Korean ETAs For 10 Times The Actual Price

The K-ETA only costs 10,000 won (RM35.80) per person.

Cover image via The Korea Herald & Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) Center

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The South Korean Ministry of Justice has issued a warning to tourists, advising them against using non-official websites to apply for the Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) before travelling to the country

On the official K-ETA website, the ministry warns that it has not designated any other agency for K-ETA application.

"Some non-official websites were found to be illegally collecting a higher fee than the official fee and relevant cases have been reported.

"Please be careful to protect yourself from damages due to fraudulent non-official K-ETA websites and agencies," it warned.

According to The Star, many unsuspecting Malaysians have also fallen victim to this scam.

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Image via The Korea Herald

Despite warnings by the South Korean authorities since the visa-free access began in 2021, some Malaysians have still ended up paying up to 10 times more for their K-ETA

As of writing, the K-ETA costs only 10,000 won (RM35.80) per person.

However, many have paid as much as USD99 (RM475) to unauthorised third-party or scam websites.

The homepage of the official Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) website.

Image via Korea Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) Center

These cases often happen when people neglect to check the website's domain name, only to later discover that they did not apply on the official K-ETA website

"I chose a K-ETA website that appeared at the top of the search results, thinking it was an official site. It seemed legitimate," a victim told The Star.

It was only when she was charged USD99 for the K-ETA that she realised that she had been duped.

Moreover, she is now concerned about the legitimacy of her 'approved' K-ETA application and whether she will be allowed to enter the country during her trip.

To reiterate, there is only ONE official website to apply for a K-ETA

The official K-ETA website is

The South Korean authorities encourage travellers to apply for the travel permit at least 72 hours before their scheduled flights.

Last year, a Malaysian shared that her trip to South Korea was abruptly cut short at the immigration checkpoint:

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