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In this page: Passport and Visa Requirements | Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs | Health Precautions | Safety Conditions


Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For Further Information
Latest Travel News in connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (International Air Transport Association)
Contact the Embassy
Contact the Embassy of South Korea in the United States.
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
200 cigarettes
50 cigars
250g tobacco products other than cigarettes
Under the age of 19 must be reported to a customs office.
1 bottle (1 liter) of alcohol
Alcohol with a value of over USD400
People under the age of 19 must report it to a customs officer.
2 ounces of perfume
People under the age of 19 must report it with a customs officer.
Foreign Currency
No restriction
Obligatory Declaration of Foreign Currency
Upwards of USD 10,000.
Local Currency
No restriction.
Obligatory Declaration of Local Currency
Upwards of USD 10,000.
How to Refund Consumption Tax
Contact Korean Customs Service.
Other Requirements
Less than USD 400 worth of goods are allowed to enter Korea duty free.

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
It is recommended that everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel and present, if necessary, evidence of COVID-19 vaccination at the border. The updated information on all health entry requirements as well as on routine and recommended vaccines for South Korea are provided on the dedicated pages on TravelHealthPro and CDC websites.
While there are no official requirements for vaccination, the following are strongly recommended: tetanus, diphtheria, typhoid fever, chickenpox, influenza, measles, rabies, hepatitis A and B and poliomyelitis. When traveling outside major cites, vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is recommended. There is a very low risk of malaria in the northern areas of South Korea, in Gangwon-do and Gyeonggi-do provinces and Incheon City. When traveling there, taking prescription medicine is advised. All passengers and flight crews who arrive in Korea from regions where cholera, yellow fever and bubonic plague have been detected may be required to complete a quarantine questionnaire.
For Further Information
Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency
Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency
Travel Health Advice
The American government up-to-date advice on health entry requirements, including routine and recommended vaccines while travelling abroad can be verified on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Safety Conditions

The streets are very safe.
Terrorist Risk
Risk of Natural Disaster
Low. Only beware of several typhoons and heavy flooding in summer.
For Further Information
U.S. State Department Travel Tips

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