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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, as well as that of the South Korean Prime Minister in Greece (22-24.10.2017), on the occasion of the Olympic Flame Opening Ceremony at Pyeong Chang. In addition, in November 2017, the then Foreign Minister, Mr. N. Kotzias, held the first official visit of a Greek Foreign Minister to South Korea, while Alternate Foreign Minister Mr. Katrougalos visited Seoul in June 2018.

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.

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. Shipbuilding projects and repairs of a great number,  an average of ¼ of total orders per year, 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 qualified 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. 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.

On September 1, 2016, the 5th Session of the Joint Educational Committee of Greece - Rep. of Korea was held , in during which the Cultural and Cultural Exchanges Program for the years 2016-2018 was signed.

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 ninechurches 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: 15th Floor, Hanwha Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 04541, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7291400, 7291401
Fax: (+82 2) 7291402
E-mail:
Web Site: https://www.mfa.gr/seoul
Emergency Number (for non-working hours only): +8210 8772 1401

Head of Mission: Ifigenia Kontoleontos

Consular Office in Seoul

Address: 15th Floor, Hanwha Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 04541, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7291400, 7291401
Fax: (+82 2) 7291402
E-mai l:
Web Site: https://www.mfa.gr/seoul
Working hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Working hours for public: 10:00 - 13:00. For any consular issue, 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: 15th Floor, Hanwha Building, 1 Janggyo-dong, Jung-gu, 04541, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tel.: (+82 2) 7291397
Fax: (+82 2) 7291402
E-mail:
Web-Site: http://www.agora.mfa.gr/en/offices-of-economic-and-commercial-affairs
Working hours: 09:00 - 17:00

Head of the Commercial Section: Konstantinos Dikaros

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