Outbound Automatic Clearance

Swipe in and head out! South Korea opens automatic clearance to foreign visitors

5 years ago

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The South Korean government announced that starting today (July 10), all foreign tourists will no longer need to be examined when they leave South Korea. They are automatically cleared through the automatic customs kiosk and can head to the duty-free shops more quickly.

Automatic Immigration Clearance

Many foreigners have actually been guided to the automatic immigration kiosks by airport staff before this. 


Now with the announcement of the South Korean government about this new service, foreigner visitors are officially allowed automatic clearance. It seems that the system was being tested at the time.

However, there are some exceptions that may affect the passengers' application for automatic customs clearance.

  • Tourist visa holders that have exceeded their 90 day maximum limit.
  • Passport, fingerprint, face information and exit information provided at the time of entry
  • Bad records (misdemeanor, criminal) while in Korea
  • Under 17 years old

For those who hold automatic customs clearance in Korea or a foreigner's registration card, the automatic clearance is available for use straight away.

For a more convenient departure, take some time when you arrive to Korea to get through the automatic customs clearance at these locations:

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

Samseongdong City Airport Terminal, 2nd Floor
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

Incheon International Airport Terminal 1, 3rd Floor, between check-in desks G and H
Everyday from 7 am to 7 pm

Incheon Inernational Airprot Terminal 2, 2nd Floor (One-Stop Public Service Zone, Government General Administrative Center)
Everyday from 7 am to 7 pm

Gimpo International Airport, 2nd Floor (Immigration Service Center)
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm

Busan Gimhae International Airport, International Terminal, 2nd Floor
Monday to Friday, 7 am to 8 pm

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

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

Cheongju International Airport, East Passenger Terminal, 1st Floor : Airport Departure Office
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm (mainly on site)

Self-Service Clearance Notice

  • To apply for self-service customs clearance in Korea, you must apply after entry.
  • The validity period of self-service clearance is equivalent to the validity period of the passport. If you update your passport, you must re-apply for self-service clearance.
  • Customs declaration form must still be filled after the self-service clearance, but the immigration card does not have to be filled out.
  • You must be present in person during application for the purpose of taking photos and getting your fingerprints.

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