Immigration

Immigration Clearance

From January 2012, any inbound foreign visitor aged 17 or older who is arriving at any port or airport in Korea is required to go through a mandatory fingerprint and facial recognition registration process. The collected information will be utilized to protect locals as well as foreign visitors from various possible crimes as well as to bolster public security.

The mandatory information registration process is waived for the following persons: foreign government officials and international organization representatives, as well as their families; and visitors on official invitation by the heads of the nation’s central government.

Immigration Clearance Procedure

Wait at the Immigration Clearance Counter for Foreigners → Submit arrival card and passport to immigration officer → Immigration clearance complete

Registration & Clearance Procedure for Automatic Immigration Clearance System (Also known as Smart Entry Service, SES)

- Registration Procedure: Bring your passport → Visit the Auto-immigration Registration Center → Signature and fingerprint registration, photo taking for facial recognition → Registration complete
* Location of Auto-Immigration Registration Center / Operating hours: In front of Check-in Counter F in Incheon International Airport Passengers Terminal, 3F / 07:00-19:00 (Open all year round)
- Immigration Clearance Procedure: Scan your passport → Enter the auto-gate → Place your registered finger on the scanner for identification → Look at the camera for facial recognition → Immigration clearance complete

Airport Arrivals Information(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Preparing Documents

Please complete the declarations handed out during your flight by the flight attendants in order to expedite arrival procedures.

1. Arrival Card

Visitors who will enter into the Republic of Korea are required to submit the arrival card. Korean passport holders and foreign registered citizens staying more than 90 days in Korea are not required to submit the arrival card.

2. Customs Declaration Form

Individuals need to fill out one customs declaration form each. Only one customs declaration form will be required to be filled out per family.

3. Quarantine Questionnaire

Passengers and crew who have been to countries infected by cholera, yellow fever, or pests must fill this out.

☞ Related Websites
- Incheon International Airport www.airport.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- Korea Immigration Service www.immigration.go.kr (Korean, English)
- Korea Customs Service www.customs.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish)

This page was last updated in August 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
<Last updated on August 11, 2016>