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For miscellaneous information on traveling in Korea, including tipping, taxes, Visa information and electrical voltage, visit our Travel Tips page now.

Pre-Travel Planning

The most comprehensive travel information about Korea can be found through the Korea National Tourism Organization. To pickup brochures or receive other information, you can contact one of the KNTO overseas branch offices in the following locations:

* The Americas: LA, New York, Chicago, Toronto
* Europe: London, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow
* Asia: Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Bangkok, Beijing
* Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sendai
* Oceania: Sydney

Visit the KNTO website for more information, or to find details for the KNTO branch office nearest you.


Foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming, however citizens of nearly 100 countries around the workd who want to visit Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements, or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest. Complete information about visa waivers can be found by visiting the Visa Waiver page at the Korea National Tourism Organization website.

More information about traveling to Korea can be found by visiting your local Korean consulate or embassy. A complete list of foreign missions can be found by visiting the Overseas Missions page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Electrical Outlets (Voltage)

In Korea, 220-volt outlets are most common.


Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 10%, and a 10% VAT is also added to services in major restaurant & hotels.


Although tips have not traditionally been a part of the Korean custom, individual tipping is encouraged for restaurants, drivers and tour guides.