Passport and Visa
- Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa. But visitors from 103 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest. Please refer to the following website and contact the Republic of Korean Embassy in your country to receive further information on visa regulations.
Currency & Banking
- The unit of currency is Korean Won (KRW). Coin denominations are ￦10, ￦50, ￦100 and ￦500. Bank notes are ￦1,000, ￦5,000, ￦10,000 and ￦50,000. As of May 2018,
the exchange rate is approximately ￦1,077 for $1 (USD).
- Currency exchangeForeign banknotes can be exchanged at most banks and other authorized moneychangers.
- Traveler's checksTraveler's checks can also be exchanged at most banks, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, We advise you to take traveler’s checks in US dollar.
- Outlets for 220 Volts/60Hz are mostly used in Korea. In order to convert the power into 110 volts please contact the hotel housekeeping and current transformer will be available.
- Government office hours are usually from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Banks are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Major department stores are open every day from 10:30am to 8pm including Sundays.
- Visa, and MasterCard are accepted at almost all retail outlets, but Diners Club and American Express may only be accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities Check with your credit card company for details on merchant acceptance and other available services.
Tip & Taxe
- TipTipping is not regularly practiced in Korea. Service charges are often included in the bill for rooms, meals, and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the services provided.
- Tax Upon request, visitors can receive VAT refunds of about 10% for purchases at "Duty Free Shopping" outlets. Goods must be taken out of Korea within three months of purchase to be eligible for a tax refund. Only foreign tourists in Korea can apply for this tax refund. Visitors can receive refund on receipts with a inimum purchase amount of KR￦ 50,000 (around US$ 50). To receive this refund, 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 Dial Numbers
- Police : 112
- Fire & Ambulance : 119
- Medical emergency : 1339
- ※ These services are available 24 hours.