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Visa and Immigration Procedures to South Korea
Several countries maintain an entry agreement list to enter South Korea without a visa. Countries in Asia like Japan, Hong Kong, UAE and Saudi Arabia can freely enter South Korea for up to 90 days for tourism. The same agreement is extended to European Union citizens as well. For US and Canadian citizens, visitors can book their ticket to South Korea for 6 months. However, for other nationals who are looking to book an air ticket to South Korea, an application must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The application must include proof of sufficient funds, a return ticket and a valid passport. For purposes such as studying, research, working or conducting business in South Korea, you will need to contact the Korean immigration service for further information about the rules and procedures necessary to apply.
Things/Items Allowed into South Korea
Visitors may only bring into South Korea no more than 200 individual cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco. If you plan to go over these amounts, you will need to declare these items on your air ticket along with your passport when checking in with South Korean customs agents. As for alcohol, passengers aged 19 and above are allowed to bring no more than one bottle of alcohol, not exceeding 1 liter, into South Korea. For all other items, it is preferable to declare them with the South Korean customs upon arrival on your return flight in order to avoid any restrictions while leaving South Korea.
Things/Items Forbidden out of South Korea
・Narcotics ・Art and Antiques ・Sculptures ・Porn records
Things/Items Forbidden into South Korea
・Printed material (Counterfeit)
・Products originating from communist countries
South Korea Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
What is banned in South Korea?
Smoking is banned in public places, and alcohol is only allowed from the age of 21. Porn is considered as an illegal activity if it is viewed in public. South Korea bans any social media activities that are related to North Korea.
What is the best time to visit South Korea?
If you book your ticket for the summer, South Korea can be unbearably humid. If you book your ticket for the winter, it will be arid and cold, similar to Siberian weather. Booking your ticket for a spring trip is optimal as this is South Korea’s best season for visiting. You will be able to book your ticket to many festivals in South Korea during this season, which lasts from April to June.
Is South Korea safe?
South Korea is incredibly safe and free from high crime rates as per crime statistics listed from 2016. However, you should use common sense and be aware of common safety precautions used when visiting any country. As for the situation with North Korea, it is tense, but unlikely to escalate. There should be nothing major to worry about when you book your next ticket to South Korea.
What is the best city to book a ticket to in South Korea?
Book your ticket to Seoul, as it is considered a major tourist attraction spot in South Korea with a large number of historic places, shops, and restaurants. Additionally, it will allow you to travel to other parts of Korea from Seoul if you change your mind during the trip.
South Korea - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights toIncheon International Airport・Sheremetyevo International Airport ・Mexico City International Airport ・Kuala Lumpur International Airport ・Charles de Gaulle Airport ・Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Airports handling direct flights toJeju International Airport・Hong Kong International Airport ・Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport ・Taoyuan International Airport ・Narita International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toGimpo International Airport・Haneda Airport ・Beijing Capital International Airport ・Taipei Songshan Airport ・Kansai International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toGimhae International Airport・Vladivostok International Airport ・Wattay International Airport ・Noi Bai International Airport ・Hong Kong International Airport
Airports handling direct flights toCheongju International Airport・Beijing Capital International Airport ・Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Flight Routes to South Korea
Incheon International Airport is located outside South Korea's capital city, Seoul, and is one of the largest airports in South Korea. You can easily book your direct flight air tickets to South Korea from major airports such as Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada, Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Italy, Heathrow Airport in London and many other countries over four continents. The Incheon International Airport in Korea was opened for business in 2001 and today the airport serves both domestic and international destinations. It is the biggest airport in South Korea and one of the busiest airports in the world.