Korea (Rep.) Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

1. Free import of 60 milliliters of perfume, goods for personal use and gifts up to a value of USD 600.-.
2. Free import for persons of 19 years of age and older:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 20 milligrams of E-cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products;
- 1 liter (one bottle) of alcoholic beverages up to a value of USD 400.-.

If arriving from countries with avian influenza outbreaks or other contagious livestock diseases: birds, chicken meat and all other animal products such as ham, sausages, beef jerky etc.
The list of import banned countries may change depending on the outbreak of diseases.
If arriving from other countries: agricultural, livestock and food products must be declared and reported to the Quarantine Office at the airport. Items may require an import permit, and a phytosanitary and quarantine certificate from the exporting country. Upon arrival items may be subject to quarantine.
For more information, see

Duty-free allowances for agricultural, forest, fishery and livestock products (oriental medicine materials) can be imported up to a total value of KRW 100,000.-. Item-specific quantity and/or weight limits apply, but total weight must be less than 50kg. For more information, see

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Import of weaponry, arms and ammunition requires police permission obtained prior to travel.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES. For further details please refer to CITES:

Export regulations:

All baggage will be inspected against verbal declaration.
Prohibited: Korean antiques and curiosities, unless a certificate is attached by the Minister of Culture and Information.

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply. However, the value of goods for personal use and gifts is limited to USD 150.-.


Pets may enter as passenger's luggage in the cabin, checked baggage or as cargo.

Birds may only be imported from Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom and USA.

Detailed information can be obtained from the Korean Quarantine Office.

Dogs and Cats: Animal health certificate issued by the veterinary authority of the exporting country is required, and must include a microchip identification number. Pets older than 90 days originating from rabies infected countries also require a result of an internationally approved rabies antibody test, carried out within 24 months prior to shipment.
Quarantine period:
a. dogs and cats aged 90 days or older, if:
- identified with microchip and rabies antibody result was 0.5 IU/ml or higher: no quarantine required;
- microchip not implanted: until microchip has been implanted;
- rabies antibody test was not conducted or was below 0.5 IU/ml: until test shows a result of 0.5 IU/ml or higher after vaccination;
b. dogs and cats aged under 90 days or arriving from rabies free region: if
- identified with microchip: no quarantine required;
- microchip not implanted: until microchip has been implanted.
Microchips must be ISO-compliant (ISO11784 and 11785 standards). For any other chips, importers must bring their own microchip scanner.
Rabies free region are subject to change. Detailed information can be found at or Tel: Gimpo Airport (GMP) 82226642601, Incheon Airport (ICN): 82327402660/1, Gimhae Airport (PUS): 82519711925, Muan Airport (MWX): 82629756033, Jeju Airport (CJU): 82647460761.
For a list of rabies testing authorized laboratories, see The average quarantine period can be extended for 10 days, depending on the case.
Cats from Australia and cats and dogs from Malaysia require a certificate showing that the animal is free from the Hendra and Nipah virus. Without such certificate, the quarantine period will be extended by 21 days.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Korea (Rep.). Baggage entering Korea (Rep.) can only be checked-in to the first international airport. Passengers connecting with domestic flights must clear their baggage and then recheck-in their baggage to their final destination. On average, clearance takes 1 hour.
Exempt: through checked baggage of transit passengers arriving at Incheon (ICN) with a final destination of Busan (PUS) or Daegu (TAE) connecting with:
- Busan (PUS): Korean Air flights KE1401/1403/1405/1407 or Asiana Airlines flight OZ8531/8533;
- Daegu (TAE): Korean Air flights KE1411/1413/1415.
Passenger must not clear immigration at ICN Airport but must proceed directly to the domestic transfer desk.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Korea (Rep.) if the onward flight is within 24 hours at Seoul Incheon (ICN) or on the same calendar day at all other airports.

Passengers whose unaccompanied baggage will arrive by a later flight are required to make a declaration to Customs and to obtain a "Clearance Record of Accompanied Baggage" at time of entry.


Currency Import regulations:

Residents: Local currency (Korean Won-KRW) up to KRW 8,000,000.-. Foreign currencies: as from 20 years of age: USD 10,000.-.

Non-residents: Local currency (Korean Won-KRW) up to KRW 8,000,000.-. Foreign currencies: unlimited, if declared on arrival. Amounts exceeding the equivalent of USD 10,000.- (including traveler's cheques) must be accompanied by a "Declaration of Foreign Currencies" form.
No declaration is required for diplomats, diplomatic missions, US military personnel and those coming on official business (duty).

Currency Export regulations:

Allowed: local currency (Korean Won-KRW) up to KRW 8,000,000.-; foreign currencies up to the amount declared on import.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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