South Korea

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Entry ban for visitors arriving from certain areas. Test required.
Quarantine required. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in South Korea?

+10,295 New COVID cases in South Korea
+104 New COVID deaths in South Korea
80.29% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 26 October 2021

Basic facts about South Korea

South Korea is a small country located in Eastern Asia. The capital of South Korea is Seoul and the most spoken language is Korean. The national currency in South Korea is South Korean won (KRW).

What taxi apps are available in South Korea?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in South Korea.

You can use Uber in 3 cities: Incheon, Seongnam, Seoul. Bolt is not available in South Korea.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

South Korean won (KRW)Official currency
1 EUR~1339.94 KRW
1 USD~1184.38 KRW

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in South Korea?

The official language of South Korea is Korean. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Korean. As you go away from the main tourist destinations and into smaller towns and villages, you will notice a decrease in the usage of English, particularly among older generations over 50 years old. This is where knowing a few simple Korean words may help.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, South Korea was ranked 32nd out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in South Korea?

There are 2 common plug types used in South Korea:

Type C 220 V, 60 Hz  Type F 220 V, 60 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter South Korea?

Currently, citizens of 109 countries can enter South Korea without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter South Korea?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter South Korea.

Data last reviewed on: 26 October 2021

Is it safe in South Korea?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On October 12, 2021, the risk level for South Korea was changed to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.

Emergency phones in South Korea

112 Police
119 Ambulance
119 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to South Korea?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Minors under 19 years of age (based on year of birth) are not given tax exemption for liquor and cigarettes.

Alcohol

  • 1 bottle of liquor (up to 1L and US$400)

Tobacco

  • 200 cigarettes

Data last reviewed on: 26 October 2021

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of South Korea:

North Korea
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