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Filling out the arrival card
You are required to fill out the arrival or departure card upon visiting a country. The contents of the cards are similar, but the form may vary slightly.
When your international flight nears the destination, the crew will start to pass around arrival cards and customs declarations. This is required to enter the country and may be presented to the immigration officer along with the passport but is not required for passengers making a direct transfer without going through immigration.
Fill out the arrival or departure cards and keep the latter securely for leaving the country. Go through immigration inspection by submitting your arrival card, passport, and plane ticket to the immigration officer.
Entering a foreign country
Of the 2 cards filled out before entering the country, submit the arrival card at the immigration checkpoint and keep the departure card safely to present it at the immigration when leaving the country.
Filling out the arrival card
Arrival cards generally need to be filled out in clear upper case English characters, with no empty spaces if possible.
Filling out a customs declaration
Write down basic information such as Name, Gender, Nationality, Date of birth, Purpose of travel, Temporary place of residence, etc., similar to the arrival card.
Indicate “No” in the field checking for possession of fruit, plants, meat, food, soil, bird, snakes, and other such living organisms.
Indicate “Yes” or “No” in the field checking for possession of money exceeding the country’s declaration threshold. Calculate the total sum of the items you are carrying and write it in USD.
For US customs declarations, the “Warning” on the back side says that traveling with essential goods, illegal goods, and imported goods is in violation of the US law regardless of quantity, that prohibited agricultural produce must be declared to customs, and that any violation will result in a penalty.
After filling out your customs declaration, proofread one more time, and then sign.
검역 및 검역질문서 제출방법 안내 표
Passengers flying in from areas contaminated with cholera, yellow fever, or pests (Southeast Asia, Africa, South America) must fill out and submit the quarantine sheet distributed on board; those who are suffering from diarrhea or stomach pain while traveling must consult a quarantine officer, undergo any tests needed, and file a report at a quarantine station or near a health center if the symptoms persist during the first week after returning. Passengers who traveled to areas contaminated with falciparum malaria should consult a doctor (National Medical Center, general physician, etc.) and should take an antimalarial drug at a pharmacy (a pharmacy with a permit to supply imported drugs)
Passengers traveling with animal/livestock product must check the corresponding field in the customs declaration, report to quarantine officer, and upon entry immediately immediately upon entry.
Any animal or livestock product from an import-ban country is absolutely prohibited and is subject to a fine of up to KRW 10 million in case of failure to report such item..
Livestock product requiring reporting
Meat Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, etc.
Processed meat product Ham, sausage, beef/pork jerky, marinated beef, canned meat, etc.
Animal product Hartshorn, bone, blood meal, etc.
Processed egg product Egg, egg white, egg powder, etc.
Dairy product Milk, cheese, butter, etc.
Passengers working in the livestock industry including their cohabiting family members shall report departure and entry if they travel to a country contaminated with a domestic animal infectious disease.
How to find out if a country has a domestic animal infectious disease: Go to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency website (www.qia.go.kr) and check the
or call the Quarantine Center (1670-2870).
Passenger flying in with a pet shall present the certificate of quarantine issued by the departing country - refer to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency website.
Passengers flying in with any plant shall report to the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency to be quarantined - those failing to report shall be slapped with a fine of up to KRW 5 million. A plant allowed to be imported shall be disinfected or discarded if infected with quarantine-subject insect and pest, and a plant prohibited as per Article 10 of Plant Quarantine Law will be returned or discarded.
검역 및 검역질문서 제출방법 안내 표
Passport or Seaman’s Pocketbook
All entrants into Korea shall carry a passport or a seaman’s pocketbook. Citizens of countries designated by the Korean government as those without diplomatic relations can enter only if they have a foreigner entry permit issued by the diplomatic offices. A LAISSEZ PASSER from the United Nations (UN) is also deemed a valid passport.
All foreigners must have visa/permit issued by an overseas Korean embassy or consulate. Note, however, that citizens with multiple visas or a re-entry permit, or those from a country with visa-exempt agreement with Korea are not required to have an entry visa.
Entry without visa
Passengers entering Korea for tourism or transit may enter Korea and stay for a period of 15 days, which may NOT be extended without valid grounds.
Claiming luggage checked in to the airline upon boarding
Refer to the notice board with the flight number on top of each carousel.
Report to the airline if your luggage has not arrived (must bring baggage tag)
세관검사 안내 표
Travelers who voluntarily report items (items subject to reporting) whose total value is more than USD 600 mean that they acknowledge the reported amount and skip the customs inspection. Travelers who do not voluntarily report such items to customs will not only be required to pay the tax plus surtax of 20% of the original tax but will also go through a secondary close examination if the item is deemed a commercial item.
Personal items or gifts whose total value is less than USD 600 per person (KRW 100,000 for agricultural product and medicinal herb)
1 bottle of alcoholic beverage (less than USD 400 and less than 1 liter)
Cigarettes (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g of other types of cigarette)
2 ounces of perfume
Items being carried back by getting ship-out confirmation from the customs office upon departing (personal items, items needed for business/work, etc.)
Samples valued at less than USD 250
Items allowed if the requirements are met
Weapons (models and ornaments included) such as firearms and swords as well as explosives if importation is approved by the resident Provincial Police Agency Commissioner
Animals (including meat, leather, taxidermied animal) as well as agricultural products after being inspected by the Animal and Plant Quarantine Station
Foreign or Korean currency (including checks, travelers’ check, and other means of foreign payment) exceeding the USD 10,000 limit may be allowed in if reported to customs voluntarily.
(Note, however, that means of domestic payment excluding travelers’ check marked as foreign or Korean currency require customs’ approval regardless of amount.)
Music albums or video products containing more than 20 video clips, if recommended by the Korea Media Rating Board
Items not allowed to be cleared
Narcotics, anti-psychotic drug or its related (by)product
Items threatening the Korean constitution or public peace, obscene materials, other such culture-hindering items
Books, photos, video tapes, film, CDs, etc.
Forged / Falsified currency or bills
Endangered wild animals/plants protected as per international convention as well as their product
Medicinal herbs from animals such as bears and musk, fur, ivory, and taxidermies and such of tigers, turtles, crocodiles, etc.