The 7th ASEM Economic Ministers’ Meeting21-22 September 2017 │ Seoul, Republic of Korea

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Arrivals / Entry

- Visa

Delegates whose visas are required to enter the Republic of Korea are strongly advised to register as early as possible to start the visa process in advance. Visa applications can be found at the following link : Countries not requiring visas Australia, Brunei Darussalam, EU, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand Countries requiring visas China: Only diplomatic passport holders are not required to apply for a visa to enter the Republic of Korea Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam: Diplomatic and official passport holders are not required to apply for a visa to enter the Republic of Korea

- Customs Allowances

All visitors who enter Korea must submit a written baggage declaration to a customs officer upon entry. If a passenger declares non-duty free articles voluntarily, the declared amount will be accepted and the clearance procedure will be expedited, unless the declared price of articles is questionable. More information about customs allowances and currency regulation can be found at the website below. Korea Customs (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish)

- Duty Free Allowance

For items that are taxable, US $600 per capita from the total dutiable value shall be exempted from imposition of duty tax. Additional duty free exemptions are: 1 bottle of liquor (less than 1 liter, not over US $400), 1 carton of cigarettes (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco) and 2 ounces of perfume (about 60㎖). For amounts that exceed the duty exemption, duty on the amount over will be charged per capita. Also, the liquor and cigarette exemptions are only permitted for those over 19 years of age.
1330 Korea Travel Hotline  +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Banks and foreign exchange offices

Banks are open from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Major currencies and traveler’s cheques can be exchanged into Korean Won(₩) at the airport, hotels, and at all Korean banks. Credit cards (e.g. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club) are widely accepted.

Cash machine / ATM

Users of overseas credit cards should use an ATM with a ‘Global’ sign or the logo of your card company. The operating hours of an ATM are usually between 08:00 to 23:00. ATMs are located at major stations, airports and convenience stores.


Korea is geographically situated in a temperate climate zone at medium latitude. As a result, it has four distinct seasons. Late September is in the autumn season with the daytime being warm, but cool in the morning and evening. The average temperature in Seoul in September is warm at 20.6 Celsius or 69 Fahrenheit. Overnight temperatures are generally very mild, with an average low of 16 Celsius or 60.8 Fahrenheit. To find the current weather in Seoul, please visit :

Credit Cards

Most hotels, restaurants, shops and taxis accept major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express). An identification card might be required upon payment. Though credit cards are widely accepted in the Republic of Korea, it is recommended to have some cash on hand.


The currency in the Republic of Korea is Won(₩). Dominations for coins are 10, 50, 100, and 500, and for banknotes, 1000, 5000, 10000, and 50000. For higher denominations, cashier’s checks are used. Please refer to for exchange rates.

50,000 won
(oman won)
10,000 won
(man won)
5,000 won
(ocheon won)
1,000 won
(cheon won)
Equiv. to $50 Equiv. to $10 Equiv. to $5 Equiv. to $1
500 won
(obaek won)
100 won
(baek won)
50 won
(osip won)
10 won
(sip won)
Equiv. to ¢50 Equiv. to ¢10 Equiv. to ¢5 Equiv. to ¢1


The standard voltage in the Republic of Korea is 220 volts.
Outlets have two round holes, as in France, Germany, Australia, Greece, Turkey, and many other countries.
You might need a multi-voltage adaptor.

Emergency Call

Ambulance and fire : 119, Police : 112


Free Wi-Fi service is available in lobbies and rooms of hotels.

Medical Care

Many large and general hospitals in the Republic of Korea offer top-notch medical services to both Koreans and international visitors with added enhancement facilities, such as International healthcare centers. The staffs at the centers are not only medical experts but also fluent in foreign languages, enabling simultaneous interpretation, which is especially helpful to customers from all over the world.

Seoul St.Mary’s Hospital Tel. +82-2-2258-5745
Samsung Medical Center Tel. +82-2-3410-0200

Mobile phone

CDMA cellular systems are widely used in the Republic of Korea. SK Telecom and KT provide a SIM card roaming service to allow you to use your GSM subscription in the Republic of Korea. At the International Airport you can rent a special CDMA cellular phone which accepts your SIM card. Please check the links below for more details.

KT roaming service
SK Telecom roaming service


Smoking is illegal and strictly prohibited in public places. Anyone caught smoking must pay a fine of 100,000 won in smoke-free areas.

Tax-free Shopping

Tax-free shopping in the Republic of Korea is available via duty free shops and tax refunds. At duty free shops, no tax is applied to the price of the items, including Value Added Tax (VAT) and Individual Consumption Tax. Such shops are generally operated by large department store chains, including Lotte, Shilla and Shinsegae among others, and are located in airports and downtown.

In addition, for items that are purchased at full price including tax, tourists can apply for a refund on any taxes paid before leaving the country.


In the Republic of Korea, there are many clean and safe taxis. They can be found at taxi stands in most busy city areas or hailed on the streets. There are also call taxis that can be requested by phone. Phone inquiries can be made to the International Taxi Call Center (+82-2-1644-2255). 

Time Difference

Seoul is 9 hours ahead of GMT (standard time)


A 10% service charge could be added to your bill at all tourist hotels. You don’t need to additional tip for service at hotel. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless he or she assists you with luggage or provides an extra service.

Useful Link

Korea Information Service
Korea Tourism Organization
Korea Customs Service
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Incheon International Airport