South Korea

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exchangeVisitor Requirements for United States citizens

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Visa needed before arrival?
No
Allowed stay
How long you can stay as a tourist.
90 days
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pulseHealth

Yellow fever vaccine
Not required for visitors
Yellow fever risk
No
Malaria risk
Yes, low risk
Zika risk
No
Tap water drinkable?
Based on whether the local government provides guarantees on tap water safety. This can vary by region within a country.
Yes
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shieldSafety

Advisory Level
Level 1: Exercise normal precautions
Last issued a year ago
Foreigner friendly?
Somewhat
Female friendly?
Somewhat
LGBT legal protections
Strong protections against discrimination
Traffic-related deaths
Per 100,000 people per year
Low (9.8)
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Money

Currency
South Korean Won (₩)
Estimated cost
Average daily cost
₩108,946 South Korean Wons
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Is tipping generally expected?
No

Tipping is never expected but is appreciated in some scenarios or for excellent service.

Taxis: Tell drivers to keep the change is common. Anything beyond that isn't needed.

Hotels: Tips are not expected but a small amount bellhops and housekeepers is appreciated if they provide excellent service.

Restaurants: 5% to 10% for Western style restaurants. For Korean restaurants no tip is expected.

Is there tax free shopping for visitors?
Yes

Tips on receiving your tax refund:

  • Bring your passport (digital copy on your phone works too)
  • Ask the store for the tax refund document
  • Keep the receipts
  • Don't open or use the products until leaving the country in case they need to be inspected
  • Get customs to stamp the form when you leave the country
  • Arrive early at the airport since the line to get the refund or getting stamps may be long
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cell-towerInfrastructure

Electricity
220V, 60Hz
Wall plugs and sockets
Types C and F
Plug Type CPlug Type F
Calling code(s)
To use, add a + before the code when dialing.
82
Internet censorship and monitoring
Whether the government proactively censors and monitors certain types of content.
Medium
Mobile internet speed
Average download speed
97 Mbps
Broadband internet speed
Average download speed
156 Mbps
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peoplePeople & Culture

Term for citizens of South Korea
Also known as demonym (trivia points if you knew that).
South Korean
Official languages
Korean
Primary visitor language
The popular local language a Western visitor should know to get around more easily.
Korean
Gender equality
66% equal (bad)
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drive-timeGetting Around

Driving side
Right
Driving documents recognized
International Driving Permit (IDP)
mobile-phoneServices available in South Korea
Ride Hailing
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mapMap of South Korea

Map of South Korea

Cities in South Korea

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