Get ready to travel to South Korea? You must be so excited if this is your first time to travel in South Korea. Have you booked your accommodation? Not yet?! It’s not too late. Even you can make a booking once you arrive in South Korea. Nowadays, many hotel websites or apps help you find a place near you at anywhere and anytime. As a traveller, you can use booking.com, hotelcombined or agoda etc.
6 Important Things to Be Ready for Safe Travel to South Korea
1. Valid Passport to Meet Visa Requirements for South Korea Travel
It is common sense that you must hold a valid passport. Check out your current passport and make sure that you have a valid passport with at least more than six months of validity remaining beyond your date of departure from South Korea. Then you need to obtain a Korean visa issued by the Korean embassy or consular office in your country.
Have you heard the great news that 107 countries have entered into a Visa Waiver Agreement from the date of 21 February 2018.. In other words, travellers from these countries can travel South Korea without a visa for certain periods (30 to 90 days).
Designated Countries & Regions Granted Visa-Free Entry to Korea (Listed countries without specified period have a limit of 90 days)
Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Brunei (30 Days), Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
United States, Canada (6 Months), Guyana (30 Days), Guatemala, Grenada, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Argentina, Haiti, Antigua & Barbuda, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras (30 Days), Uruguay, Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Paraguay (30 Days), Peru
Andorra (30 Days), Monaco (30 Days), San Marino (30 Days), Cyprus (30 Days), Albania (30 Days), Croatia, Slovenia, Vatican (30 Days), Bosnia-Herzegovina (30 Days), Serbia, Montenegro (30 Days), Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia (60 Days / 90 Days total within a 180 day-period), Romania, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Malta, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan (30 Days), Turkey, Portugal, Poland, France, Finland, Hungary
Australia (30 Days), Guam (30 Days), Fiji (30 Days), Nauru (30 Days), Palau (30 Days), Kiribati (30 Days), Marshall Islands (30 Days), Solomon Islands (30 Days), Micronesia (30 Days), Samoa (30 Days), Tuvalu (30 Days), Tonga (30 Days), New Zealand
Africa & Middle East
Republic of South Africa (30 Days), Mauritius (30 Days), Seychelles (30 Days), Swaziland (30 Days), Botswana, Morocco, Saudi Arabia (30 Days), Arab Emirates, Oman (30 Days), Qatar (30 Days), Kuwait, Bahrain (30 Days), Liberia, Lesotho (60 Days), Israel, Tunisia (30 Days)
Visa-Free Entry to Jeju-do
• Applicable countries: Citizens from all countries not included in the Visa-Free tables above, excluding the 24 countries below, who travel directly to Jeju International Airport or Jeju International Passenger Terminal with the purpose of tourism.
• Excluded countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Macedonia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Cuba, Palestine, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Egypt
• Duration of stay: 30 Days
• Allowed region: Jeju-do
• Conditions of entry: Travelers must take planes or ferries with direct routes to Jeju-do
– Countries with visa-free entry for diplomatic & official passport holders
* Official passport refers to those issued to government employees for official business
Diplomatic & Official
Indonesia (30 Days), Lebanon (30 Days), Gabon, Bolivia, Ukraine, Laos, Cyprus, Armenia, Japan, Mozambique, Argentina, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan (30 Days), China (30 Days), Mongolia, Algeria, Cape Verde, Myanmar, Angola (30 Days), Cambodia (60 Days), Vanuatu, Oman, Croatia, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan (30 Days), Benin, Ecuador (Diplomatic: Duration of mission / Official: 3 Months), Tajikistan, Vietnam, Iran (3 Months), Paraguay, Belarus, Egypt, Pakistan (3 Months), Belize, India, Philippines (Unlimited)
Jordan, Uzbekistan (60 Days), Turkmenistan (30 Days)
2. Book Accommodation in South Korea
Some people recommend first time travellers to South Korea that they should make a booking accomodation at least a month or even three months before flying to South Korea. Well… the answer is yes or no. In the past, when there was no internet, yes, it’s better to make a booking before leaving your country. However, nowadays, internet changes the way of people’s travel style so … it is not necessary to make a booking accommodation few month earlier except the peak season.
Peak Seasons in South Korea
Summer: end of July to middle of August – most Korean have a summer vacation
Winter: X-mas, Happy New Year (often called Chinese Happy New Year), Thanksgiving Days (Chuseok)
Quite often, booking.com, hotelcombined provide accommodation at 70% discount price so even it is much cheaper to use Korean tourist home. When you get lost, download Kakapmap app that you can download from both Andriod and iOS.
3. Get Travel Insurance for Safe Travel in South Korea
Hesitate to get insured? Sometimes, travel insurance can help you get out of a difficult situation include:
• lost or stolen luggage
• unexpected illness – visit hospital
• cancelled flights
• damage to a rental car
• and any other personal injury matter not limited to yourself
If you have pre-existing condition, you must see your GP before the departure and carry some medicine with you. Discuss with the insurance company and make sure that you can get coverage. It is very important to read carefully the terms and condition of the insurance policy. If you are not sure, ask them before you sign it this is because once you sign the term and condition, you can’t change the terms or condition after the cooling off periods end.
Lists of Travel Insurance Companies:
• World Travel Protection
• World Nomads travel insurance
• Global Travel Insurance
• World Wide Insure
• Online Travel Insurance
• 1Cover Travel Insurance and more
We will discuss more details of these travel insurance company in other articles.
4. Korail Pass – KLOOK (https://www.klook.com)
Want to travel to across South Korea? Then you should get Korail Pass that make you easy and save your time and time.
The main features of Korail Pass:
• Explore and discover Korea in the most economical way by using the Korea Rail Pass (KR Pass)
• Unlimited rides via high-speed rail transit and travel to over 600 stations and 80 different routes
• Choose from different types of tickets: Consecutive 3/5 days or Flexible 2/4 days
• Get your tickets instantly and save on extra payment fees by booking with Klook
Get unlimited train rides in South Korea on almost all the trains operated South Korea’s leading railway provider, KORAIL, with the Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS) Choose among different types of passes, depending on what suits your needs best: 3/5 consecutive days, 2/4 days within a 10-day period, and Saver Passes for groups of 2-5 traveling with the same itinerary.
Redeem your voucher at any metro station in South Korea, then enjoy unlimited train ticket reservations and up to 2 seat reservations per day.
Available and discounted for tourists only, the Korea Rail Pass (KR PASS) is your best option when it comes to economical travel throughout South Korea with ease.
You could also consider to buy or use other transportation cards:
• Railplus Transport card
• Discover Seoul Pass
• T-money card
• Local transport card (ie. Busan Hanaro Transport Card)
5. Rental Wifi Eggs
Here are some of the most popular SIM Card and pocket Wifi options that we recommend for use in South Korea. We have personally used the first two options and have been very satisfied with their performance and pricing. In addition, we have many satisfied readers who have purchased and used all four recommended products.
• KLOOK (https://www.klook.com/en-AU/activity/253-wifi-device-south-korea-seoul/)
• KT Olleh (https://roaming.kt.com/rental/eng/product/wibro.asp)
• SK Telecom (https://www.skroaming.com/main.asp?isSKT=Yes)
• Trazy (https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/portable-wifi-rental-korea) – a bit expensive others
These websites provide all information in English, you can easily find the price information on their website.
6. Hold a Valid International Driving License in South Korea
In order to enjoy travelling South Korea, consider renting a car is a good option for you but you must be a qualified person to hire a car.
You must hold either:
1. a valid international driving license issued by your home country, or
2. a valid driver’s license issued in South Korea to rent or drive a car.
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