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Prohibited/Restricted Items
Travelers entering or leaving Korea are to take note of certain restricted items that are not to be carried in or out of the country.
For further information
Korea Customs Service
National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service
National Plant Quarantine Service
Prohibited/restricted items
* Books, photographs, videotapes, films, LDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, and other items of a similar nature that may either be in violation of constitutional orders or be harmful to public security or customs.
* Goods which reveal confidential government information or which may be used for intelligence activities.
* Counterfeit, forged, or imitation coins, currency, bank notes, debentures, and other securities.
* Weapons (including replicas and decorative ones) such as guns and swords, and gunpowder, explosives, and toxic substances.
- Those who intend to import guns and munitions must obtain prior approval from the Commissioner General of National Police Agency for every trip.
* Narcotics, including opium and cocaine; psychotropic agents; and hemp and related products.
* Endangered wildlife, wildlife protected under CITES, and products made from protected wildlife.
- Animal-based traditional medicine, including bear gall bladders and musk.
- Plant-based traditional medicine, including scabwort, cibotii rhizome, and gastrodia elata blume.
* Means of payment (promissory notes, bills of exchange, and L/Cs not included), domestic currency (Korean won) and won-denominated travelers checks in amounts in excess of US$ 10,000.
* Cashiers checks, overdraft checks, postal money orders, etc.
* Jewelry (gold rings or necklaces used daily not included) and securities.
* Cultural properties.
* Goods subject to the Fishery Act and rules on migration and approval of marine animals and plants.
- Goods that may threaten quality of marine resources and growth of saplings for culturing.
- Goods designated as natural assets.
- Specialty or rare goods from Korea.
* Goods and materials subject to laws on the movement and treatment of wastes between countries.
* Plants, fruits & vegetables and agricultural & forestry products.
Items Prohibited Onboard
For the safety of aircraft operation and passengers, some items are prohibited from being taken into the cabin by passengers. If you attempt to carry any of the prohibited items onboard, the items will be confiscated and you may face criminal prosecution if criminal intent is suspected.
Prohibited items for carry-on: Sharp or dangerous objects
Sharp objects such as nail clippers, Swiss-army knives, scissors, and stationery knives are all prohibited from the cabin. You need to pack these in your check-in baggage.
Liquids, gels, and aerosols
As of March 1, 2007, restrictions are imposed on the carry-on of liquids, gels, and aerosols into the cabin on all international flights (including transfers)
Allowable amounts: less than 100ml per container (one zipper lock plastic bag containing less than 1 liter per passenger).
Conditions for carry-on:
- Containers should be placed in a clear transparent 1-liter zipper lock bag.
- The transparent zipper lock bag (size: ~ 20cm×20cm) must be sealed.
- Carry-on is prohibited if the transparent zipper lock bag is not completely sealed.
- Before security inspection, passengers must separate these bags from other baggage and present them to the inspectors.
Duty-free items
Liquids, gels, and aerosols, including alcohols and cosmetics, purchased at airport duty free shops after passing the security inspection or purchased at duty free shops in the city and delivered to the airports duty free pick-up counters are allowed under the following conditions:
- They are packed in tamper-evident bags.
- The tamper-evident bags are unopened and undamaged until the final destination.
- Receipts of the purchased duty-free items are properly attached on or enclosed in the tamper-evident bag. In such cases, there are no restrictions on volume.

Tamper-evident bags are provided by duty free shops when items are purchased.
When traveling via another country, travelers are advised to make themselves aware in advance of the rules on carry-on items for transfer passengers in the other country as they may be different.
- When traveling with a baby, baby foods (e.g., baby formulas, breast milk, and baby juice) intended to be used during the flight.
- Medicine intended to be used during the flight.

These must be reported to inspectors in advance.
Proof of prescription is required for all prescription medicines.

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