A written customs declaration must be submitted to a customs officer upon entry.Passengers must clear customs through either the green, white, or red channels. If a passenger declares non-duty-free articles voluntarily, the declared amount will be accepted and the clearance procedure will be expedited.
For details, please contact the Korea Customs Service. Note: The information contained in these pages relates to only the most frequently asked questions, does not explain all of the applicable laws and regulations and is subject to change without notice.
Please contact the proper authority for detailed information. Necessary forms upon entry: Health Questionnaire, Arrival/Departure Card, Customs Declaration
A Korean embassy or consulate can issue two types of visas: a short-term visa for the visitor who wants to stay up to 90 days, or a special long-term visa for periods longer than 90 days. A visitor with a special long-term visa is required to apply for alien registration at a local immigration office within 90 days of arrival.
- Seoul (02)2650-6212
- Incheon Airport (032)740-7013, (032)740-7030
- Jeju (064)722-3494/(064)721-3494
- Busan (051)461-3000
* For details, please contact the Ministry of Justice of Korea.
Guidelines for Currency Regulation
Passengers entering Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency worth over USD 10,000 must declare it to a Customs official. Departing non-residents of Korea who are carrying foreign or Korean currency (including traveler's or bank checks) worth more than USD10,000 must obtain permission from the bank of Korea or Customs(not including any amount carried into Korea and declared on arrival, which may be carried out without declaration to Customs). Residents of Korea must declare any currency or negotiable checks more than USD10,000 upon departure.
Please be aware that violators of these regulations are liable to be fined and/or otherwise penalized under the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
Status of Sojourn
*Please note that, from December 1st, 2012, the new quarantine requirement regarding import dogs and cats to Republic of Korea will come into effect.
Declare all imported anminals and animal products upon arrival to the National Veterinary Research and Quarantine Service, where they must be inspected. Cloven-hoofed animals and their products that are shipped from import-restricted areas will be sent back or destroyed.
Dogs and Cats
Passengers who carry any plants or soil including fruits (mango, orange, papaya, etc.), vegetables, seeds, orchids, nursery stock or cut flowers, etc., must describe the items and immediately declare them upon arrival.
For details, please contact Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency.
- Incheon airport: (032)740-2660~1, (032)740-2680
- Gimpo airport: (02)2664-2601
- Jeju airport: (064)746-0761
|Import restricted items and areas|
Fresh fruits, such as mango, orange, papaya, cherry, etc.: all countries