Customs

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Completing the customs declaration form

  • All passengers entering Korea from abroad must fill out the declaration form even if they do not have any items to declare.
  • If entering as a family, you only need to fill out 1 form per family.
  • Specify items to be declared on the Traveler Possession Declaration Form. Then fill out the traveler’s information and sign the form.
  • You can fill out the declaration form in the Arrival Hall, but completing the form on board will expedite the arrival procedure.
  • If you also shipped items separately, fill out 2 Traveler Possession Declaration Forms. Submit 1 at Customs, and get the customs officer’s approval on the remaining form to present at the time of postal customs inspection.
  • If you wish to pay tax at a later time, make the request in person with the customs officer.

Traveler Declaration Form

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Customs process

  1. Filling out the required forms & Entry
  2. Submit declaration form All passengers falsifying any information may be punishable according to the Customs Law.
  3. Passengers without items to declare Duty-free tunnel Might be subject to Customs inspection.
  4. HOME
  5. Passengers with items to declare / requiring further inspection Inspection tunnel Provide services such as future taxation and expedited inspection

Traveler restriction on duty-free items

The limit on duty-free items is $600 USD.

Prohibited items

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

Liquor
1 bottle (under 1L, under $400 USD)
Cigarette
1 carton (200 pieces)
Perfume
60ml

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
Beef
10kg
Ginseng (fresh, White, Red), sanghwang mushroom
each 300g
Pine nuts 1kg
deer antler 150g
Other oriental medicine
3Kg per type
Other items
5Kg 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.

Warning

  • 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.
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