Good to know
Internet & wifi
As expected, wifi and internet is widely available in South Korea, and all restaurants, bars and hotels offer free wifi.
Getting a SIM Card upon arrival in Korea is easy. You can either purchase a Sim card at Seoul’s airports (Incheon & Gimpo) or in phone stores across the country. To register, your passport is required. Recommended providers include SK Telecom Korean Orange SIM, EG SIM Data & Voice 5 GB, FreeT Data or PPS Smartphone from SK Telecom, KT Korea SIM Blue and NeoKOSIM Unlimited Data SIM Card.
South Korea’s public transport is excellent, both within cities and throughout the country.
There are several different ways to travel from Incheon International Airport to downtown Seoul. The most convenient options include taking the Airport Railroad Express (AREX), Seoul Metropolitan Subway, airport limousine buses, and taxis.
Tmoney and Cashbee are transportation cards that can be used on public buses and subways in several different metropolitan cities and locations throughout the country. This allows to avoid the hassle of purchasing single journey subway tickets for every ride and enjoy discounts on rides during transfers from one bus to another, one subway line to another, or from bus to subway and vice versa.
Cards can be purchased from several convenience stores (GS25, CU, 7-Eleven, Ministop, ) bearing the Tmoney or Cashbee logo. Tmoney cards can also be purchased from ticket vending and card reload devices inside subway stations within the Seoul metropolitan area.
There are many ways to travel around Korea. Both express and intercity buses have extensive networks throughout the country, providing transportation from one city to another at reasonable prices.
Korea’s rail network is excellent and allows for fast travel anywhere within the country. For affordable travel around the country, visitors should consider buying the KORAIL Pass, an exclusive railway pass for foreigners that allows unlimited use of all trains, including the KTX, for a selected number of days.
Credit card payments can be done everywhere in South Korea, be it at restaurants, public transport or shops. ATM’s are common anywhere in South Korea in case cash is needed. South Korea’s currency is the Korean Won.
South Korea is one of the safest countries to travel in and crime is low. However, some precaution and common sense is advised. As everywhere, single woman should be cautious at night and avoid dark streets and isolated places in both cities and on the islands. Laws are very strict and punishments for breaking rules are often harsh. Adhere to the rules and in particular stay out of any drug related issues, as this will automatically mean several years in prison.
Medical & healthcare
Medical facilities in South Korea are among the best in the world, and the country has several excellent hospitals, as well as dental clinics.
It is recommended to obtain a travel health insurance before traveling to South Korea to cover any eventual costs.
Visas & immigration
Most nationalities do not require visas for visiting South Korea. Foreign nationals who require a visa to enter South Korea must apply and obtain it in advance at any South Korean Representative Office abroad before entering the country. If you are not sure about the requirements for your country, please visit the official South Korean immigration website. The link can be found on the Seoul main page under Immigration & Transport.
Passports and travel documents must be valid for more than six months beyond the intended visiting period.
In order to enter South Korea visitors also need to show proof of a double Covid-19 vaccination, as well as a negative PCR Test not older than 72 hours when entering. Please note that requirements might change overnight, and it is recommended to visit the official immigration website for updates before travelling to South Korea.
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