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Republic of Korea

The  diplomatic relations between the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Korea have been founded since 1961 (Royal Decrees 248/ΦΕΚ Α77/10.5.1961 and 263, ΦΕΚ Α69/8.5.1962). The Greek Embassy in Seoul was established on February 15, 1991 and, respectively, the Korean Embassy was established in Athens on July 6, 1973.

Political Relations

The relations between the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Korea, based on common principles and values, are cordial with strong historical ties, due to the participation of the Greece in the Korean War (1950-1953). The visit of the former President of the Republic, Mr. K. Papoulias to Seoul, in December 2013 was of significant importance to the bilateral relations, reciprocating the previous Presidential visit of Mr. Roh Moo-hyun, who was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time and later United Nations’ Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, in Athens, in September 2006.

The Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Korea cooperate within the framework of the United Nations. Furthermore, within the framework of cooperation between Europe and Asia, Greece, as a member-state of the E.U., and the Republic of Korea participate in the Intra-regional European-Asian Dialogue Process, ASEM, the 12th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of which was hosted in Luxembourg on November 5, 2015.

In addition, the assignment of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to Pyeongchang gives an impetus to exchange of visits on a bilateral basis and transfer of know how.

Economic Relations

The E.U.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), put in place as of July 1, 2011, sets the basis of the bilateral commercial and economic cooperation.

Shipping and Merchant Marine are traditionally one of the most significant sector of the Greek economy, while shipbuilding projects and repairs of a great number of Greek-owned ships, assigned to South Korean shipyards, strengthen our bilateral relations. However, the volume of bilateral trade continues to present a deficit to the detriment of Greece.

In this regard, significant perspectives for mutual cooperation open up in the fields of Innovation and High-Technology with new, flourishing/promising greek companies staffed with highly qualilfied scientific human resources.

Greece also welcomes the touristic flows of South Korean citizens to greek destinations. It is to be noted that no visa is required for South Koreans to enter the Schengen area, whereas for speedier services to third countries’ citizens, the Visa Information System (VIS) has been put in place since October 12, 2015. The Consular Section is located within the premises of the Embassy of Greece in Seoul.

For further information on bilateral economic relations, you can visit the AGORA internet portal.

Office E.C.A. Seoul

Cultural Relations and Greek Community

Greek-South Korean cultural relations are regulated by the Cultural Agreement signed on 28 February 1967, which is implemented via Cultural Programmes, renewed every three years. At the private University of Hankuk (Department for Foreign Studies), there is a Greek and Bulgarian Studies Department with a four-year programme of studies covering – in addition to Modern Greek – Greek history and literature. The University of Athens has signed cooperation agreements with four universities of the Republic of Korea.

The Greek community in Republic of Korea consists of seasonal personnel engaged in projects on Greek-owned ships at the shipyards of Ulsan, Pusan and Mokpo, as well as academics as visiting professors. The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Korea maintains seven churches and two convents (one for monks and one for nuns).

Useful Information

Click here for information regarding the visa requirements for Greek citizens who want to travel to Korea.

Click here for information regarding visa requirements for citizens  of Korea who want to travel to Greece.

Republic of Korea-Contact details for Greek Missions

Embassy in Seoul

Address: 27th floor, Hanwha Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 100-797, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7291400, 7291401
Fax: (+82 2) 7291402
E-mail:
Web Site: http://www.mfa.gr/seoul
Working hours: 08:30 - 16:30
Emergency Number (for non-working hours only): +8210 8772 1401

Head of Mission: Ifigeneia Kontoleontos

Consular Office in Seoul

Address: 27th floor, Hanwha Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 100-797, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7291400, 7291401
Fax: (+82 2) 7291402
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Web Site: http://www.mfa.gr/seoul
Working hours: 08:30 - 16:30
Working hours for public: 10:00 - 13:00. For any consular issue (excluding authentication of signature), you are required to book an appointment in advance.
Emergency Number (for non-working hours only): +8210 8772 1401

Head of the Consular Section: Christina Georgiou

Commercial Section in Seoul

Address: Office 2511, Janggyo Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 100-760, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7548292
Fax: (+82 2) 7548293
E-mail: ,
Web-Site: http://agora.mfa.gr
Working hours: 08:30 - 16:30

Head of the Commercial Section:

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