Travel Essentials

All visitors to the Republic of Korea should possess a valid passport. With the exception of citizens from countries that have visa waiver agreements with the Republic of Korea, tourists must apply for a single-entry visa, which allows a stay of 90 days from the date of issue. For details on visa exemption countries and period of stay, please visit www.hikorea.

South Korea is 9 hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

South Korea’s currency is the Korean won (\). Paper money comes in denominations of 1,000; 5,000; 10,000; and 50,000 won bills. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 100, and 500 won (1 and 5 won coins are not widely circulated). A Korean currency note of \10,000 equals about US$9 (as of November 2019). Most banks offer a currency exchange service (working hours 9am-4pm). A traveler’s daily budget is expected to be at least \100,000 when using business hotels, midrange restaurants, and public transportation.

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It can be refunded when more than \30,000 was spent in any shop with a “Tax Free” sign. Upon leaving the country, visit the customs declaration office at Incheon International Airport with your passport, receipts, and purchased items before the check-in to get a confirmation stamp; or use the kiosk machine.

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