Duty Free & Tax Refunds

One pleasure foreigners cannot miss out on when visiting Korea is shopping! To make your shopping experience not only more enjoyable but also easier on your budget, try shopping at a Duty Free or Tax Free shop.

Tax Free System

Korea's Tax Free System can largely be divided into "Duty Free" and "Tax Refund." In Duty Free shops, no tax is applied to the price of the items, including Value Added Tax (VAT) and Individual Consumption Tax. These stores are generally operated by large department store chains, including Lotte, Shilla and Shinsegae among others, and are located in airports and downtown.

In comparison, Tax Refund refers to shops that apply a tax to the items and after purchasing at the full price, tourists can apply for a refund of the taxes paid before leaving the country.

In general, tax refunds can be received by submitting the receipt at the proper tax refund booth when leaving the country. However, from January 1, 2016, tourists can receive an immediate tax refund below a certain limit when shopping at certified Tax Free stores. Starting at department stores and marts where foreigners typically shop, the immediate tax refund system is expanding to all Tax Free shops.

☞ More info on Duty Free Shops

Tax Free Stores

1. Procedure for immediate tax refund when purchasing goods at Tax Free stores

To receive an immediate tax refund on purchases at Tax Free stores, you must present your passport. The total purchase price, tax included, must be more than 30,000 won and less than 200,000 won and is limited to a total of less than 1,000,000 won for the duration of one's trip in Korea. For purchases over these limits, you can apply for a tax refund at the airport or one of the certified refund booths throughout the country.

☞ Immediate tax refund benefit upon purchase

2. Procedure for delayed tax refund after purchasing goods at Tax Free stores

[Step 1] Keep your VAT refund receipts when purchasing items.

Be sure to check the retail business is a participating store of the certified "Tax Free" brands offering the tax refund service when making your purchases. Shops with the refund service should have signs saying "Tax Free," as well as have "Tax Free" listed on their VAT refund receipts.

Photo: Logos of companies offering the tax refund service
【 Photo: Logos of companies offering the tax refund service 】

※ For Easy Tax Free and SJ TAXFREE, refunds are only available at designated airports and ports.

[Step 2] Claim your tax refund at major airports and service branches located nationwide.

1. At Incheon International Airport

  • Get your boarding pass but do not check in your luggage.
  • Show the purchased goods and VAT refund receipts to the customs officer and get the Customs Export Approval stamp on the receipts. For a total refund of less than 75,000 won, you can use the kiosk machine. However, please be aware that the kiosk system is sometimes not available.
    ※ For a total refund of less than 75,000 won, you can use the kiosk machine. However, please
  • Proceed to the oversized baggage counter at the check-in area and check-in your luggage.
  • After going through customs, proceed to the appropriate refund counter (4F Tax Refund Zone by Gate 27) on the departures floor to get your cash refund upon presenting your passport and receipt.
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Using the tax refund service at airports/port terminals without service desks or when the service booth is closed: Fill out the tax refund application form then put it into a designated box available on site. The tax refund will be credited back to your international credit card within a period of 1-2 months if your request is successfully made. Be aware that the process is slightly different from the process for applying in person so please confirm the details in advance.

2. At other tax refund booths available outside of airports or ports

Present your purchased goods, VAT refund receipt, passport, and international credit card at the VAT refund booth to get an on-site refund in cash. However, if the tax refundable goods are already endorsed with clearance to carry out, the receipt should be submitted at the customs office or designated refund service desks. Another note to remember is that tax refund booths outside of the airport can only provide refunds offered by their respective company. Only the booths inside the airports and ports can provide total refunds, regardless of company.

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Refunds for Alipay and UnionPay may differ by company from the aforementioned.

※ Tax refund booths outside of the airport can only provide refunds offered by their respective company. Only the booths inside the airports and ports can provide total refunds regardless of company.

Location of Tax Refund Booths
Location of Tax Refund Booths
* As of December 2016

Global Blue service window

Global Tax Free service window

Global Tax Free kiosk machine


  • 1. Hyundai Department Store U-PLEX - Daegu Branch (8F)
  • 2. Olive Young – Hongik University Station Branch (1F)
    (LG Palace, 156, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. Parnas Mall (B1F)
  • 4. Busan Renecite
  • 5. Olive Young – Hongdae Jungang Branch (2F)
    (68, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 6. MCM Myeongdong SPACE (3F)
    (17, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 7. Hyundai Premium Outlets - Gimpo Branch (1F)
  • 8. Olive Young – Ewha Women’s University Jungang Branch
    (43, Ewhayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 9. Olive Young – Garosu-gil Branch
    (5, Dosan-daero 13-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 10. Olive Young – Seomyeong Jungang Branch
    (Dongbo Plaza, 704, Jungang-daero, Busanjin-gu, Busan)
  • 11. Line Friends Store - Myeong-dong Branch (2F)
    (9, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 12. Line Friends Store - Itaewon Branch (2F)
    (200, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
  • 13. Lotte Fitin(1F)
    (Myeong-dong Dept. Store, 21, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 14. Lloyd - Dongdaemun Design Plaza (B2F)
  • 15. Hyundai Department Store - Pangyo Branch (10F)
    (20, Pangyoyeok-ro 146-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do)
  • 16. Hyundai Department Store - D-Cube City Branch (3F)
    (662, Gyeongin-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul)
  • 17. Hyundai I’PARK Mall - Living Hall (3F)
  • 18. SM COEX Artium (4F)
    (513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 19. Hyundai City Outlet – Dongdaemun Branch (10F)
    (20, Jangchungdan-ro 13-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 20. Hyundai City Outlet – Songdo Branch (1F)
    (123, Songdogukje-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon)
  • 21. Paju Premium Outlets (1F)
  • 22. Yeoju Premium Outlets (1F)
  • 23. Seoul Station City Airport Terminal (B2F)
  • 24. Airport Railroad Express - Incheon Airport Station (B1F)
    (271, Gonghang-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon)
  • 25. Olive Young - Jeju Jungmun Resort Branch
    (32, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do)
  • 26. JSM Department Store (1F)
    (51, Sammu-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 27. Shinsegae Department Store – Gimhae Branch (4F)
    (2232, Gimhae-daero, Gimhae-si, Gyeongsangnam-do)
  • 28. All Mask Story – Myeong-dong Branch No. 1 (1F)
    (7, Myeongdong 6-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 29. All Mask Story – Myeong-dong Branch No. 3 (1F)
    (7-1, Myeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 30. All Mask Story – Myeong-dong Branch No. 5 (1F)
    (19-13, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 31. LF Around the Corner – Garosu-gil Branch (B1F)
    (24, Apgujeong-ro 12-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 32. BK Plastic Surgery – Sinsa Branch (2F)
    (106, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 33. ID Hospital (1F)
    (142, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 34. Medical Korea Information Center (2F)
    (Sinil Building, 131, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 35. JK Plastic Surgery (1F)
    (JK Building, 835, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 36. Lienjang Plastic Surgery (6F)
    (Yeongsin Building, 449, Gangnam-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul)
  • 37. Doota (4F)
  • 38. Official Holiday (5F)
    (33, Apgujeong-ro 12-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 39. E-Land World New Balance – Hongdae Branch (3F)
    (20, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 40. WHO.A.U – Myeong-dong Branch (4F)
  • 41. CK Partners (1F)
    (379, Jeungsan-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul)
  • 42. Common Ground (1F)
  • 43. AHC – Ewha Women’s Univ. Branch
    (63, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 44. AHC – Chungmuro Branch (1F)
    (20, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 45. AHC – Myeong-dong Branch (2F)
    (19, Myeongdong 8na-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 46. AHC – Play Zone Jungang-ro Branch (2F)
    (10, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 47. YZ Park – Hongdae Branch (B1F)
    (176, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 48. YZ Park – Busan Gwangbok Branch (1F)
  • 49. OST – Myeong-dong Branch (1F)
    (43, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 50. Teenie Weenie – Myeong-dong Branch No. 2 (4F)
    (42, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)

KT Tourist Reward service window


KT Tourist Reward kiosk machine


  • 1. Watson’s – Myeong-dong No. 2 Branch
    (64, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 2. Watson’s – Myeong-dong Jungang Branch
    (35-15, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. Korea Exchange (B2F)
    (Gaeyang Building, 6, Myeongdong 3-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 4. Aritaum Flagship Store – Gangnam Branch (1F)
    (54, Seocho-daero 77-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul)
  • 5. Insa Art Plaza
  • 6. Belport – Garosu-gil Branch (2F)
    (14, Dosan-daero 13-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 7. Lotte Department Store – Jamsil Branch (11F)
  • 8. Dream Plastic Surgery (2F)
    (848, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 9. Abijou Clinic – Myeong-dong Branch (5F)
    (109, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 10. Aritaum - Myeong-dong Branch (2F)
  • 11. Watson’s – Ewha Women’s Univ. Branch
    (34, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 12. Gwanghae Luxury Shop (2F)
    (72, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 13. Won Ginseng Farm – Daegu Branch
    (673, Gukjebosang-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu)
  • 14. Won Cosmetic – Daegu Branch (1F)
    (227, Palgong-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu)
  • 15. Lotte Department Store El Cube – Hongdae Branch (4F)
    (4, Hongik-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 16. Lotte Department Store El Cube – Ewha Women’s Univ. Branch (1F)
    (59, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 17. Lotte Department Store El Cube – Garosu-gil Branch (4F)
    (22, Apgujeong-ro 12-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 18. Namdaemun Market International Tourist Customer Center (3F)
    (25-1, Namdaemunsijang-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 19. GNG Hospital (1F)
    (626, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 20. Staz Hotel – Myeong-dong Branch No. 1 (1F)
    (20, Chungmu-ro 9-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 21. Staz Hotel – Myeong-dong Branch No. 2 (1F)
    (16, Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 22. Staz Hotel – Dongtan Branch (1F)
    (31-11, Keunjaebong-gil, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do)
  • 23. Mallika (1F)
    (Sudang Building, 509, Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 24. Jeju Jungang Underground Shopping Center
    (Exit 3, 60,l Jungang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 25. New Balance – Jeju Branch (1F)
    (16, Gwandeok-ro 11-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 26. New Balance – Sinjeju Branch (1F)
    (33, Singwang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)

Easy Tax Refund service window


  • 1. KB Kookmin Bank – Myeong-dong Station Branch
    (84, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 2. KB Kookmin Bank – Myeong-dong Branch
    (131, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. KB Kookmin Bank – Ehwa Baekkot Branch (1F)
    (50-6, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 4. KB Kookmin Bank – Ehwa Womans Univ. Station Branch
    (6, Sinchonnyeok-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 5. KB Kookmin Bank – Sinsa Jungang Branch (1F)
    (149, Dosan-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
  • 6. KB Kookmin Bank – Seogyo-dong Branch
    (18, Hongik-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 7. KB Kookmin Bank – Sinjeju Branch (57, Singwang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 8. KB Kookmin Bank – Myeong-dong Star PB Center Branch
    (51, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 9. KB Kookmin Bank – Mugyo Branch
    (136, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 10. KB Kookmin Bank – Taepyeong-ro Branch
    (135, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 11. KB Kookmin Bank – Namdaemun Financing Center
    (50, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 12. KB Kookmin Bank – Itaewon Branch
    (186, Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
  • 13. KB Kookmin Bank – Seoincheon Financing Center
    (299, Seogot-ro, Seo-gu, Incheon)
  • 14. KB Kookmin Bank – Guwol-dong Financing Center
    (118, Yesul-ro, Namdong-gu, Incheon)
  • 15. KB Kookmin Bank – Ildo Branch
    (133, Goma-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 16. KB Kookmin Bank – Yeonbuk-ro Branch
    (50, Yeonbuk-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 17. KB Kookmin Bank – Nohyeong Branch Office
    (3351, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 18. KB Kookmin Bank – Seogwipo Branch
    (55, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do)
  • 19. KB Kookmin Bank – Jeju Financing Center
    (82, Jungang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)

Easy Tax Refund kiosk machine


  • 1. The Saem – Myeong-dong Branch No. 1
    (41, Myeongdong 8-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 2. CGV Piccadilly 1958 (3F)
    (1, Donhwamun-ro 5ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. The Sky Mall (1F)
    (561, Gaehwadong-ro, Gangseo-gu, Seoul)
  • 4. Shinsegae Department Store – Daegu Branch (8F)
    (149, Dongbu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu)

CubeRefund service window


  • 1. Jeongnam Shopping - Myeong-dong Branch (2F)
     (22, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
  • 2. The Face Shop - Ewha Women’s Univ. Branch
    (34, Ehwayeodae-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul)
  • 3. Ehwa Cosmetic (1F-2F)
    (125, Yanghwa-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul)
  • 4. Hotel Inter-Burgo - Daegu Exco Duty Free Shop
  • 5. CN Tourist Hotel (1F)
    (7490, Iljuseo-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)
  • 6. Lotte Department Store – Busan Branch (1F)

eTAX FREE service window


Note

Global Blue and Global Tax Free, as well as Easy Tax Refund and Easy Tax Free are separate organizations offering tax refund services. Therefore, please check the logos at the shops when purchasing goods for tax refunds.

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* This page was last updated in December 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
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