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Travel Information

Travel Information

Travel Information

With its scenic beauty and unique cultural and historical heritage, Korea has a lot to offer visitors. A peninsular country with four distinct seasons, Korea boasts picturesque valleys, mountains, rivers and beaches. Throughout this beautiful natural landscape, there are numerous ancient temples and shrines, royal palaces, sculptures, pagodas, archeological sites, fortresses, folk villages and museums.


Travel Information


Visas
Most tourists can visit Korea for 30 days without a visa, provided they have a return ticket upon entry. Many nationals may stay for longer periods, one to six months, without visas under reciprocity agreements between Korea and their governments. Visitors planning to work or reside in Korea for longer periods must have a visa before entry and obtain an alien registration card from a local immigration office within 90 days of arrival.

Inbound Visitors

 

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Unit: Thousand people
Source: Korea Tourism Organization www.visitkorea.or.kr


Inbound Visitors by Nationality(2010)

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Source: Korea Tourism Organization www.visitkorea.or.kr


Currency
Korea's currency is the won, which comes in 1,000 (US$ 0.9), 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 won bills, and 10, 50, 100 and 500 won coins. Generally, banks are open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Automated teller machines are in operation 24 hours a day. Most larger stores, hotels and restaurants in Korea will accept major international credit cards. However, it is advisable to carry some cash, since many smaller establishments and stores may not have credit card processing equipment.

  • 50,000 won
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  • 10,000 won
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  • 1,000 won
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Animal and Plant Quarantine
All imported animals, plants and their products are subject to quarantine at airports and ports of arrival at the time of entry.

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