Entry and Exit Information
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Entry and Exit Information

Hello,everyone! We are Creatrip, a group of Korean travel experts.
We proudly present you the latest, useful Korean travel information and tips every day.

Today I would like to give you some heads-up before you visit Korea. 

There are many things to consider: Where to catch the flight, how to send off the luggage, how to get to the city center from the airport and etc. Just thinking about it may give you a headache  

We hope this post will give you the bread and butter information about the automatic entry system and help you how to get to the city from the airport.


South Korea Entry and Exit Information:1. From Taiwan to Korea

From Taiwan to Korea

There are many exchanges between Taiwan and South Korea. The number of tourists from South Korea to Taiwan has officially exceeded a million per year as of December 31st, 2018, and the number of flights has been increasing over the past few years.

  • Taipei Songshan Airport - Seoul Gimpo Airport: Eastar Airlines, Dulwich Aviation, China Airlines, EVA Air
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport - Seoul Incheon Airport: Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Eastar Airlines, True Air, Jeju Air, China Airlines, Lirong Airlines, EVA Air, Thai Airways International, Scoot
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport - Daegu International Airport: Dulwich Aviation, Busan Airlines, Taiwan Tiger Airways
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport - Busan Gimhae Airport: Korean Air, Busan Airlines, Jeju Air, China Airlines, Taiwan Tiger Airways
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport - Muan International Airport: Jeju Airways
  • Taiwan Taoyuan Airport - Jeju International Airport: Taiwan Tiger Airways
  • Taiwan Kaohsiung Airport - Seoul Incheon Airport: Dulwich Aviation, Jeju Air, China Airlines, EVA Air
  • Taiwan Taichung Airport - Seoul Incheon Airport: Dulwich Airways, EVA Air

The above is a list of international flight carriers operating between Taiwan and South Korea. For those who want to travel to Korea, please remember these airports and flight carriers. Follow the flight status information released by the airlines, and double-check the flight schedule before your departure.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:2. Checked-in Baggage

In addition to the low-cost airline discount tickets, most airlines will give you two options for your luggage. The first one is "checked baggage" and the second is "hand baggage." 

The number of maximum weight and dimension of the luggage varies from one carrier to the other. You should check your ticket first. The most important point to remember is to buy a checked-in baggage option if you think your baggage will go overweight. The price of adding one checked-in baggage before departure is far cheaper than paying at the airport.

  Some airlines might let you go if your checked-in luggage overweight for a few more kilograms, but nothing is guaranteed. Some airlines (especially the low-fare airlines) inspect the weight and dimension of hand carry luggage, and will demand you to pay a check-in luggage price before the departure. Avoid the chaos altogether. If ended up buying a lot of stuff, add more baggage weights or send them home via freight.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:3.Luggage Policy

#Not allowed in the carry-on baggage (can only be checked in)

Knives: Utility knife, kitchen knife, nail clippers, and scissors.

Sharp items: anything similar to knives, bows, hooks, steel nails (no longer than five centimeters), darts, needles, etc.

Stick tools: In addition to common stick items, camera tripods, selfie sticks, and umbrellas are prohibited.

Liquid and gel: single piece capacity should not exceed 100ML (50ML emulsion in a 120ML container is not allowed), every liquid item must be packed in a transparent zipper bag (less than 1L capacity).

Spray Bins: 100ML or more, 500ML or less, no spray product (such as sunscreen spray, antiperspirant) is allowed.

#Forbidden items placed in checked baggage (can only be carried with you)

  • Battery: lithium battery, smartphone battery

    Lighter: One person can carry up to one

#No items placed in checked baggage or hand luggage

Spray can: 500ML or more, regardless of the function, it is forbidden to carry in both check-in and carry-on bags. In addition, any flammable item is forbidden.

Any compressed gas, highly toxic, radial, oxide, flammable, corrosive, etc., items are forbidden for the safety of all passengers.

Last Reminder:Please carry Lighters, mobile power banks, batteries, computers, cameras with you at all times. Do not put them in the check-in luggage.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:4. Entry and Customs

Entry and Customs

#Not allowed for entry

  • Any book, picture, video, photo, laser disc, CD, CD-ROM, etc. that has the potential of violating the Korean law, disrupting the public order, and customs
  • Any Item intending to leak national secret information or misappropriated information
  • Counterfeit items, counterfeit currency, and other securities, etc.
  • Fresh food, meat

#Restricted items in Korea

  • Guns, swords and other weapons (including fake knives and decorations) or any explosive and toxic substances
  • Drugs including marijuana, opium, cannabis, etc., that violate the Korean drug control laws
  • According to the Wildlife International Trade Agreement, all items made by endangered species are illegal
  • Foreign payment methods (excluding promissory notes, money orders, letters of credit), domestic currency (KRW), and travel cheques marked as Korean Won currency (reported to the customs at the time of entry and exit), cash checks, bank cheques, postal money order, etc.
  • Precious metals (except for gold rings and necklaces are worn in daily life), securities (immigration restrictions), and
  • antique and cultural property (entry and exit restricted items)
  • Items mentioned in the Aquaculture Law (Aquacultural Animals and Plant Transplant Permit Regulations)
  • Any item that may cause damage to Korean water resources and environment
  • Unregistered industrial or home wastes
  • Plants, fruits, and vegetables, agricultural and forestry items (both import and export are restricted)
  • Animals (including meat, skin, hair) and animal products (immigration restrictions) including pet food


  • 10,000 US dollars = 300,000 Taiwan dollars = 10 million Won

    You can not bring any meat products to Korea (for example, it is forbidden to carry a pack of the fresh and dry meal)

    There is a chance of not getting caught, but you can be blacklisted once you get caught. You might also get fined.

    If you want to bring animals, plants, meat, and fruits to Korea, you must go through a proper customs and quarantines.

    Foreigners who have been sentenced in Korea will not be able to return their home county until they serve their terms. You also can be deported from Korea.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:5. Automatic Customs Clearance

Automatic Customs Clearance

#I am already in South Korea, and I want to apply for the Taiwanese Korean automatic customs clearance before I go back to Taiwan. What qualifications are there?

  • Hold a valid Republic of China (Taiwan) passport
  • 17 years old or older
  • No known criminal record in Korea
  • In the future, you will come back to Korea for business or leisure.

#Where can I apply for the automatic customs clearance?

  • 2nd Floor, Seoul Station: Airport Railroad Branch
  • Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

  • Samsungdong Doshim Airport Terminal
  • Transportation: Seoul Metro Line 2 Sancheng Station (삼성역)
  • Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, 3rd Floor: Departure Hall Check-in and Check-in Counter G Area
Reception time: 7 am to 7 pm every day

 Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, 2nd Floor: One-Stop Public Service Zone, Government General Administrative Center(One-Stop Public Service Zone)
Reception time: 7 am to 7 pm every day

Gimpo International Airport, 2nd floor: Immigration Service Center
Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

International Terminal, Busan Gimhae International Airport 2nd Floor: Immigration Office
Reception time: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 8 pm

Daegu International Airport, 2nd Floor: Immigration Office
Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

Jeju International Airport, 3rd floor: VIP Lounge Area
Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

East Passenger Terminal, Cheongju International Airport, 1st Floor: Airport Departure Office
Reception time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

#What information should I prepare?

  • Passport
  • You must visit the office yourself to apply for the automatic customs clearance

#Things you need to know

To apply for customs clearance in Korea, you must be in the country.

The automatic customs clearance is valid until your current passport expires. If you change your passport, you must reapply for the automatic customs clearance in Korea.

After the customs clearance, the customs declaration form must be filled out before you enter the country. The immigration card does not have to be filled out after acquiring your automatic customs clearance.

For automatic customs clearance, you must take a photo and scan your fingerprints on the spot.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:6. Filling out the Arrival Card

The function of the Korean immigration card is to keep the record of personal information of tourists upon their entry to the country. The government can manage a large number of Korean free travelers based on the information you provided at the immigration clearance. Those who have already applied for automatic customs clearance or have a "Foreigner Registration Card" will not have to write this card, but the relevant customs declaration form should be filled out.

#Arrival Card(If you have passed the automatic customs clearance or have a foreigner registration card, you do not need to fill out this card)

Filling out the Arrival Card

For the accommodation in Korea, remember to write down the address and phone number of the hotel in advance. If you are staying multiple hotels over the course of your trip, just fill out the contact information of the first hotel. You can write in either English or Korean, but the fields "Family name" and "given name" has to be filled out in English with the reference to your passport. 

#Customs Declaration Card

Filling out the Arrival CardFilling out the Arrival Card

The customs declaration form is available in both Chinese and English. If you get the Chinese version, you don't have to write in English. When the flight attendant gives you an immigration card, please also request him or her a customs declaration form. If you are traveling as a family ( or in a marriage relationship), you only need to fill out one card per family. If you are traveling with friends or in a group other than family, you will need to fill them out separately. The following section is "If you don't carry anything that needs a special declaration, please check No/否."

Note: If you say No, you don't have to fill out the questions on the back. But remember that these questions must be filled out honestly. There should be no false declarations!

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:7. Currency Exchange

Currency Exchange

This information we provide is for self-assessment, and this is only advice. Usually, the currency exchange at the airport isn't high. Just exchange the following amount:

Suggested Exchange Amount:Airport→Hotel or Restaurant→Exchange more money

For traveling South Korea via public transportation, you need to prepare a T-Money Card. Using the airport railway from the airport to the hotel costs about 10,000 won (about NT$300). If you take a shuttle bus, the transportation fee would be 15,000 won. However, you can pay with cash on the bus.

 The exchange rate at the airport currency exchange booths is not good. I recommend you to go to currency exchange stores in Myeongdong for changing large amounts. This is Seoul's largest and most well-known South Korean money exchange.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:8. Airport to Seoul City Public Transportation

#Take the airport subway

The first Airport Subway train Departure Schedule
From Incheon Terminal 205:15
From Seoul Station05:20

The last Airport Subway from the airport to downtown Seoul
From Incheon Terminal 2 Incheon Terminal 1Gimpo AirportHongdae StationSeoul Station (Last Station)

The last airport subway from Seoul city center to the airport
From Seoul StationHongdae StationGimpo Airport Incheon Terminal 1

Incheon Terminal 2 (Last Station)

#Take the Airport Shuttle Bus

Take an airport bus from Incheon Airport
DestinationBus NumberFirst BusLast Bus
Euljiro 1 ga670104:4522:44
Seoul Station600104:5022:40
Express Bus Terminal602004:0020:35

Incheon Airport Late Night Bus
Bus NumberStopsFirst BusLast Bus
N6000Incheon Airport T1
Express Bus Terminal Station
N6001Incheon Airport T1
ShinYongsan, Seoul
N6002Incheon Airport T2, Incheon Airport T1
Shinyongsan, Seoul

Many flights arrive in Seoul at late night. There are not many buses from Incheon Airport to Seoul after 10 pm. We recommend you to consider taxis as an option. People who are staying near Seoul Station and Yongsan Station will be more convenient.

South Korea Entry and Exit Information:9. Duty Free Shopping at Arrival 

Recently, Incheon International Airport has launched its first on-arrival duty-free shops. There are 2 SM Duty Free Store located between baggage carousels #6 and #7 in the Baggage Claim Area on the 1st floor of Terminal 1. Also, there is 1 Entas Duty Free store near the baggage carousel #6 in the Baggage Claim Area on the 1st floor of Terminal 2. All stores are opened 24 hours/day.

However, the purchase limit at arrival shops is set at US $600 for International and US $3000 for Korean nationalities. Due to the low purchase bar, the stores only handle 10 different products including alcoholic beverages, perfume, cosmetics and certain variety of Korean food brand but NOT tobacco.

At Creatrip, we highly recommend you pay a visit to on-arrival duty free shops for various reasons below:

  1. The stores are opened 24 hours a day, which is especially suitable for our members who had late or early arrival at Incheon. You can hang around and enjoy tax-free shopping deals while waiting for your check-in baggage.  
  2. On-arrival Duty Free Shops are also a good alternatives for travelers who will have to depart on early morning or late outbound flight. During night time (normally between 23:00 to next day 6:00), there are many duty free shops are closed at the departure hall. Planning on purchasing your duty free items in advance hassle-free can save you more time to enjoy the true beauty of Korea travel.
  3. Like other Duty Free Services, On-arrival Duty Free Shopping is your ultimate saving deal for high-quality items.