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01Airport Arrival

Check in at the airline check-in counter

  • Passengers who have arrived at the passenger terminal building will first go through check-in at the corresponding airline’s check-in counter.
    All items that cannot be carried on board the flight cabin must be checked-in at the counter and be processed through baggage consignment, and only items within 55cm wide, 40cm long, 20cm high (within a total of 115cm), and that weigh within 10kg are allowed to be carried onto the cabin.
  • At this point, items that may threaten air safety & security cannot be consigned as checked baggage.
    Furthermore, according to government policy all international flight passengers as well as passengers who are departing from or transiting through our country are restricted from carrying liquids onto the cabins. Therefore international flight passengers should place any liquids(beverages, food, toothpaste, lotion, hairspray, etc.) in their bags and consign them as checked baggage so they may be transported via the airline.

※ A convenient way to get through complicated boarding procedures.

  • Home Boarding Pass Service Details
  • Mobile Boarding Pass Service Details
  • Kiosk Boarding Pass Service Details

※ If suspicious items are discovered as a result of searching your checked baggage with the X-ray equipment, an open search may be conducted in your presence.

※ Prohibited In-Flight Goods Guide for Flight Safety & Security Details

Keep the following in mind when packing your bags!

  • For safe travels pack your bags as conveniently as possible. In particular, only bring around 1 small bag that can fit in the shelves of the aircraft cabin. Just in case, attach a nametag onto the inside and outside of your bag that clearly displays your name, address, and destination in English.
  • Please carry valuables such as laptop computers, camcorders, camera, jewelry, antiques, and precious metals with you as opposed to placing them in checked baggage. The airport authorities and airlines will not be held responsible for the loss of these kinds of items as well as gold, securities, contracts, theses, pharmaceuticals, etc., nor the resulting damages from their loss.
  • As the standards regarding the size or weight of baggage differ with each airline, please assure that your baggage does not exceed the airline’s designated size and weight restrictions, and pack contents accordingly in order to prevent damage. You must inform the airline in advance of pets or special items such as sporting equipment like bicycles and surfing boards, and account for processing time on the day of departure.
  • Generally the standard for the American area is number of bags, and the standard for other areas such as Europe is weight. Please check your travel section and boarding class.

Restricted items that cannot be carried onto the cabin

  • Multi-purpose tools(AKA Swiss Army Knife), knives, scissors, nail clippers with built-in knives, golf clubs, etc. can cause harm to other passengers and therefore have been classified as prohibited items that cannot be carried aboard the cabin. Therefore, please place these items in your checked baggage in advance or otherwise entrust them separately at the check-in counter.

Restricted items that cannot be placed in checked baggage

  • Items that are flammable or explosive such as lighters, paint, butane gas, and gas stoves are restricted items that are prohibited from the aircraft and so cannot be checked-in.
  • Items that are easily damaged such as ceramics, electronics, glassware, frames, etc., and perishable foods as well as liquid or odorous goods cannot be checked-in.

※ Transportation of lithium batteries

Extra lithium and lithium-ion batteries for cameras, laptop computers, mobile phones, etc., must be packed separately in order to prevent short-circuiting, and are only allowed as carry-on baggage(below 100Wh). Please make inquiries in advance as additional information regarding extra batteries differs with each airline.
(100wh~160wh is allowed on board if approved by airline)

03Quarantine

Passengers who are using the international terminal must report items in their checked baggage that require customs declarations at customs.

Departure Clearance

  1. 1. Items of overseas residents that have received departure clearance when entering(carried on) on the condition of carrying it out when departing(Item tax must be paid if not carrying out)
  2. 2. Expensive items of domestic residents that have been used during an overseas trip, such as video cameras, golf clubs, luxury watches, fur clothing, instruments, jewels, etc., that they wish to carry back in when entering
    (Tax must be paid in the case of carrying into the country without being cleared by customs)
  3. 3. Failure to receive clearance for items that require clearance by customs as an item being carried out of the country will not be recognized and will result in a lack of customs refund.
  4. 4. All means of payment such as foreign currency, Won checks, travelers T/C, etc., that exceed an amount corresponding to US$ 10,000 must receive advance permission by the Bank of Korea.

Items that are prohibited from being carried out overseas

  • Drugs, psychotropic medicines and their products
  • Antiques and other such cultural assets that are prohibited from being carried out overseas according to the Cultural Properties Protection Law
  • Forged, falsified, or counterfeit currency, bills, bonds, etc.

Carry-On Baggage Search

  • Place your belongings(bag, wallet, cellphone, keys, etc.) in the provided baskets according to the guidance of the search personnel and place it on top of the X-ray equipment’s conveyor belt.
  • According to government policy only under the following conditions can international passengers carry on liquids that they require on board the cabin.
  • Liquids that are below 100㎖ per container are allowed. Containers that exceed 100㎖ are not allowed even if it only contains a small amount of liquid.
  • All liquids must be below 100㎖ per container and fit into a clear Zipper Lock bag below 1ℓ(sized approx. 20㎝×20㎝), and each passenger is limited to 1 Zipper Lock bag each.

※ Zipper Lock bags for liquids that have been regulated and recognized for exception(Revised 2007.11.12) can be purchased at the stores within the terminal, and furthermore your coat, jumper, suit jacket, etc., must go through an X-ray screening.

Security Search

Pass through the metal detector after having removed all your belongings, then receive screening via portable metal detector following the guidance of the search personnel.

※ An additional pat-down may be conducted according to the result of the metal detectors.

All immigrating passengers must prepare their passport and plane ticket for immigration screening.
Receive identity confirmation at the departure entrance by presenting your ID card(resident registration card, driver’s license, passport) and plane ticket to the security guards. 

Boarding Area Identification & Plane Ticket Inspection
Passport Issuance South Korean citizens who wish to travel overseas must be issued a passport by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Required Documents 2 passport photos, resident registration card(1 copy of resident registration for those who reside in other regions), passport issuance application, overseas travel permit by relevant Military Manpower Administration (Limited to those who have not yet completed their military service)
Overseas Entry Permit (VISA) After being issued a passport you must be issued an entry permit by the relevant country of travel.
However, you may travel without a permit to countries with which South Korea has concluded a visa exemption agreement.

※ Passengers who have completed identity confirmation can move along one by one to the security search stand.

07Standby at Isolated Waiting Room(Purchase of duty-free goods, etc.)

08Flight Boarding

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