Arriving in South Korea
Foreign nationals entering Korea are required to have a valid passport and a Korean visa issued by the Korean embassy or consular offices in their country. However, citizens from many countries are now permitted visa-free entry for a limited period under certain conditions. In order to check whether you are allowed to enter Korea without visa issuance and for other requirements, please contact a Korean embassy or consular office in your country or visit the following websites to confirm.
The 107 countries listed on the website linked below are under a Visa Waiver Agreement with Korea. Depending on nationality and passport type, citizens from these countries can visit Korea with the purpose of tourism without a visa for 30 to 90 days.
Hi Korea www.hikorea.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
From January 2012, any inbound foreign visitor of age 17 or older entering Republic of Korea (herein after Korea) through any port or airport in Korea is required to go through a mandatory fingerprint and facial recognition registration process. The mandatory information registration process is waived for the following persons: foreign government officials and international organization representatives, as well as their family members; and visitors with an official invitation from the central government of Korea.
Immigration Clearance Procedure
Wait at the Immigration Clearance Counter for Foreigners → Submit arrival card and passport to immigration officer → Immigration clearance complete
You can expedite your arrival process by completing the required forms handed out by the flight attendants during your flight.
1. Arrival Card
Visitors entering Korea are required to submit an arrival card. Foreigners staying for more than 90 days and have completed registration with the Korea Immigration Service are not required to submit arrival cards.
2. Customs Declaration Form
All visitors entering Korea are required to fill out a customs declaration form. While each individual traveler must fill out a form, only one form per family is required when traveling with family members. If you have something to declare, fill out two forms to get one checked and confirmed by the customs officer, and the other to be submitted to the customs clearance officer during the clearance process.
3. Quarantine Questionnaire
Passengers who have been to countries that have had reported outbreaks of cholera, yellow fever, or pests must fill out a quarantine questionnaire form.
For More Info on Immigration
- Incheon International Airport Immigration Guide: www.airport.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Korea Immigration Service website: www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)
- Korea Customs Service website: www.customs.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish)
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