Traveler restriction on duty-free items
The limit on duty-free items is $600 USD.
Objects such as book, photo, video tape, film, LD, CD, CD-ROM that impede the constitution, public security, or national customs
Objects leaking national secrets or intelligence
Counterfeit or tampered currency, bill, check, bond, or other marketable securities
Prohibited items will be confiscated, and after the Customs investigation, the possessor of prohibited items can be found guilty of criminal offense, punishable for violating the Customs Laws.
Special duty-free items
- 1 bottle (under 1L, under $400 USD)
- 1 carton (200 pieces)
Minors (under 19 years of age) are exempt from duty-free liquor and cigarettes.
Agricultural and livestock (oriental medicine) product duty-free restriction
Less than 40 Kg per 1 person, price abroad must be under 100,000 KRW, and must meet the quarantine inspection guidelines (exception: oriental medicine limited to 10 types per 1 person)
- Sesame oil, sesame, honey, bracken, deodeok
- each 5Kg
- Ginseng (fresh, White, Red), sanghwang mushroom
- each 300g
- Pine nuts 1kg
- deer antler 150g
- Other oriental medicine
- 3Kg per type
In the case of one type of product exceeding the limit, the entire possession will be taxable.
Benefits for self-reporting
- Considering the traveler's purpose of visit, length of visit, amount and estimated value of the items, you will be allowed to quickly pass through without an inspection of the items if there is no specific concern regarding the items.
- There will be an inspection of the items if there are prohibited or restricted items to determine whether or not they are allowed in.
- Unless the reported value is extraordinarily low, the Customs officer will accept the reported value and only tax items that exceed the duty-free limit. It is possible to pay the tax at a later date if the Customs officer deems the personal identification information to be accurate.
- Falsifying any information on the customs declaration form or not declaring appropriate items may be punishable (confiscation, fine, incarceration) according to the Customs Law.
- Carrying in someone else’s possession at their request might be a criminal act. Be advised that in the care that the items are prohibited or violate the restrictions, you will be solely responsible for those items and that you will be punishable by law.
- You may forego responsibility in the case when you are required to carry in someone else’s possession by clearly indicating this on the Traveler Possession Declaration Form or telling a Customs officer in person.