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Safety & Security

Korea and Seoul are unique in the degree to which people enjoy the freedom to walk safely on the streets at all times. The crime rate in Seoul, especially in regard to foreign tourists, is one of the lowest in the world.


The unit of Korean currency is the Won (₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000 and ₩50,000. more

Weather Information

South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. The movement of air masses from the Asian continent exerts a greater influence on South Korea's weather than does air movement from the Pacific Ocean. Winters are usually cold, and dry, whereas summers are hot, and humid. Spring and autumn are pleasant but short in duration.

Month Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Rainfall Dry/snowy Rainy
Temperature Cold Hot Cool
Season Cold/dry Hot/dry Rainy

Climate data for South Korea
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 23.6
Record low °C (°F) −32.6

Time Zone

The time zone is Greenwich Mean Time +9 hours.

Traveler's check

Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take Traveler's check in US Dollars.

Business Hours

Government office hours are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays and closed on weekends. Banks are open from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Most stores are open every day from 10:30 to 20:00, including Sundays.

Tip & Tax

Tipping is not a regular practice in Korea. Service charges are included in your bill for rooms, meals and other services at hotels and upscale restaurants. Koreans occasionally do tip when they are especially pleased with the service they receive. Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 10% and is included in the retail price. In tourist hotels, this 10% tax applies to rooms, meals and other services and is included in the bill.


In Korea, 220 volt outlets are most common. Some hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers. Please check the power supply before use.

Emergency Call

  • 112: Police
  • 119: Emergencies for Fire / Rescue & Hospital Services
  • 129: First Aid Patients
  • 1330: Travel Information Center
  • 1339: Medical Emergency

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Visa Infomation

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 99 countries who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles reciprocity of national interest.

Please check out here. Visa Navigator Visa and Custom Information

Countries under Visa Waiver Agreements

  • Country Applicable Passports Maximum period of stay Seaman's book
  • BARBADOS Ordinary,Diplomatic,Official passport 90 days
  • BELARUS Diplomatic,Official passport 90 days ×
  • JAPAN Ordinary,Diplomatic,Official passport Ordinary:B-2, 90days, Diplomatic·Official passport:90days,
    Staff stationed in Korea : During a period of incumbency
  • SLOVAK Ordinary,Diplomatic,Official passport 90 days, Staff stationed in Korea : During a period of incumbency ×
  • ST. LUCIA Ordinary,Diplomatic,Official passport 90 days