Visa & Immigration
A visa is an authorization granted by a territory to a foreigner, allowing them to enter. A foreigner, who desires to visit Korea,
must have a valid passport and visa and enter Korea before the visa expires upon ensuring that the purpose of travel corresponds to the visa category.
A foreigner from one of the visa-free countries or the parties to the Visa Waiver Program can travel to Korea without a visa only for the purpose of tourism. If you are from a country not on the list of parties to the visa waiver agreement or wish to travel for any purpose other than tourism or short stay, you must obtain a visa through a Korean embassy or consulate’s office near you.
Immigration & Customs
People traveling internationally to Korea must fill out the Customs Declaration Form even if they have nothing to report. In cases where they travel with their family members, they may fill out only one form for the family.
Smart Entry Service
This convenient system allows you to use an automated passport control kiosk and easily go through immigration instead of taking time at the checkpoint answering an immigration officer’s interview questions.
|Korean Nationals||Aged 19 or older||The service is available without prior registration
(Nevertheless, you are required to make a prior registration if you have changed information in your personal data or it has been 30 years or more since your ID card was issued.)
|Aged between 7 and 18||The service available upon prior registration
(Korean citizens between 7 and 14 must be accompanied by their parents and submit the Family Relation Certificate.)
|Foreign Nationals||Registered foreigners aged 17 or more (or overseas Koreans who have filed the Domestic Residence Report)||The service available without prior registration|
|Foreigners aged 17 or more on a short-term stay||The service is available at the time of departure without prior registration
(except for those who have not gone through biometric screening at the time of arrival
- Smart Entry Service OverviewShortcut
Duty-free Allowances & Goods Declaration
You are eligible for the USD 600 personal exemption. If your acquired articles exceed your allowance, they must be declared to the Customs and you will be asked to pay the taxes on the amount over USD 600.
A bottle of liquid (less than USD 400 and 1 liter), 200 cigarettes, and a 60 ml bottle of perfume are considered as special articles free of duty. If you bring any form of cash that equals more than USD 10,000, you must report it to Customs.
- Customs Service OverviewShortcut
Consulate and Mission Locations and Contact Information for Various Countries
|Consulate-General of Japan in Busan||18, Gogwan-ro, Dong-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Busan||25, Haeundae-ro 394beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|U.S. Consulate in Busan||Room 612, Lotte Gold Rose Building (Busan Employment Center), 993, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Consulate of Mongolia in Busan||Room 1410, 14F, 99, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Busan||94, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
(Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)
|Ivorian Honorary Consulate in Busan||5F, 754, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Philippine Consulate General in Busan||1927, Jungang-daero, Geumjeong-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|German Honorary Consulate in Busan||301 Kwang-Myong Building, 39-1, Haegwan-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Taipei Mission in Korea, Busan Office||70, Jungang-daero, Jung-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Portuguese Honorary Consulate in Busan||32, Gwangan-ro 16beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea
|Cambodian Honorary Consulate in Busan||7, Jungang-daero 81beon-gil, Jung-gu, Busan, Republic of Korea