Travel & Visa Information

Charm of Korea

One of the Most Connected and Advanced IT Technologies

One of the Most Connected and Advanced IT Technologies Commercialized the world’s first 5G network across Korea Ranked no. 1 in the world in terms of IT technologies (WIPO, 2019 Global Innovation Index)

Rapid and Convenient Transportation from Anywhere in the World

Rapid and Convenient Transportation from Anywhere in the World Eight international airports and five cruise-only terminals Incheon International Airport: a gateway to Korea with 390,000 flights a year. Ranked top by the ASQ survey for 12 consecutive years High-speed railway: ranks no. 1 globally in terms of accessibility, conveniently connecting cities in Korea

Well Maintained Public Safety

Well Maintained Public Safety Safe streets even at night Ranked no. 5 in the world in terms of personal safety (InterNation, 2017) Ranked no. 1 in terms of satisfaction with public safety, according to surveys of foreign tourists in Korea (Statistics Korea, 2017)

Unique Hallyu Culture

Unique Hallyu Culture K-POP – music that excites the whole world K-FOOD – healthy and tasty food K-DRAMA – stories that will make your heart aflutter K-FESTIVAL – exciting festivals for different seasons and regions

Beautiful Nature Throughout the Year

Beautiful Nature throughout the Year Spring is full of gentle breezes and blooming flowers In summer, enjoy the cool waters of the mountain valleys or the hot sandy beaches Autumn is a romantic season decorated with colorful autumn foliage and silver grasses Snow in winter will make you want to roll in the snow

5,000 Year Old History

5,000-Year-Old History Traces and records of the Korean people who have lived on the land since the Stone Age Unique Korean culture that emphasizes harmony with nature Abundant cultural assets (16 UNESCO Memory of the World and 13 UNESCO World Heritage Site assets) 20 intangible cultural assets that were handed over from generation to generation

Diverse Fun Activities

Diverse Fun Activities Experience unique and diverse cultural activities Exciting sporting activities where one can experience rivers, mountains, the sea, and the sky Feel the warmth and affection of Koreans at local villages Team-building activities full of fun missions

World Recognized Expertise in MICE

World Recognized Expertise in MICE No. of meetings hosted: 208,013 meetings joined by 20.03 million people (as of 2017) No. of incentive tours: 11,202 incentives tours joined by 0.44 million people (as of 2017) No. of international conferences hosted: no. 2 in the world (890 international conferences), 8% of all international conferences held in the world (as of 2018)

Currency & Banking

Korea’s official currency is the Won (KRW/ ₩). Notes are in denominations of ₩ 1,000, ₩ 5,000, and ₩ 10,000, ₩ 50,000. Coins are in denominations of ₩ 10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500.

Credit Card

Visa and MasterCard are accepted at almost all retail outlets, but Diners Club and American Express may only be accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details on merchant acceptance and other available services.

Electricity

Outlets for 220 Volts/60Hz are mostly used in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Banks are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major department stores are open every day from 10:30am to 8pm including Sundays.

Time in Korea

Korea is 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +9) and does not observe daylight savings time. For more information, please visit the World Time Server website.

Tips & Tax

Tip : Tipping is not regularly practiced in Korea. Service charges are often included in the bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the services provided.

Tax : Upon request, visitors can receive VAT refunds of about 10 percent for purchases at “Duty Free Shopping” outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Only foreign tourists in Korea can apply for this tax refund. Visitors can receive refund on receipts with a minimum purchase amount of KR₩ 50,000 (around US$ 50). To receive this refundable, present refund receipts together with the purchased goods at the customs desk at the airport on your day of departure. These receipts can be cashed in at the Cash Refund Office in front of the Airport Duty Free Shop.

 

Emergency Contact Numbers

Police : 112

Fire & Ambulance : 119

Medical Emergency : 1339 – These services are available 24 hours.

 

Useful Websites

 

Passport & Visa

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa. However, visitors from 103 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or following principles reciprocity or national interest. Please refer to the following website and contact the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in your country to receive further information on visa regulations.

Source: K-MICE of KOREA TOURISM ORGANIZATION, accessed 6 April 2021

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