VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in South Korea
Before traveling to South Korea, you must apply for a tourist visa. To do this, the following documents are provided to the Embassy of the country:
– a passport (at the time of the trip, the passport must be valid for a period exceeding 3 months)
– 1 copy of the questionnaire (issued at the consular department or can be downloaded here)
– Photo (3.5×4, 5) – 1 pc.
– Certificate from the place of work indicating the position, period of work and salary.
– Invitation (original). The text of the invitation must contain the full name, date of birth, number and validity of the passport of the invited person, the nature of the relationship with the invited person, the period for which the guest is invited, the purpose of the invitation (set out in detail)
– A copy of the company registration.
In cases where the applicant wishes to visit the Republic of Korea for tourism purposes for a period of less than 15 days, the invitation of a travel agency accredited by the Embassy is also recognized.
– Visa fee of 30 USD.
The time for issuing a visa usually takes no more than a week. The tourist visa is valid for 90 days. Russian tourists who have been to the Republic of Korea at least 4 times in the last 2 years, or a total of 10 or more times, can stay in the country without a visa for 15 days. Russian tourists can stay on Jeju Island without a visa for up to 30 days, but on condition that they arrived on the island on a direct flight from Russia and will not visit any other places in South Korea.
The import of foreign currency is not limited, it is possible to export foreign currency in the amount stated in the entry declaration. The declaration must be kept before leaving the country. Import and export of local currency is limited to 500,000 won. Allowed duty-free import of up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 gr. tobacco (for persons over the age of 19), up to 1 liter of alcoholic beverages (for persons over the age of 20), up to 60 ml of perfumes, as well as gifts and souvenirs with a total value of up to 400 US dollars.
Obscene materials, pornography, thrillers, various political publications and video materials, as well as any printed, audio and video materials from communist countries are prohibited for import. It is also prohibited to import coins, fresh fruits, seeds, cuttings and seedlings of fruit plants, walnut fruits and kernels, soil or plants in the soil. Pets must have an international veterinary certificate (must be issued at least 30 days before crossing the border) and an additional certificate of vaccination against rabies. Without special permission, the export of precious metals, archaeological finds and antiquities is prohibited.
Embassy in South Korea
South Korea, embassy in
Moscow Plyushchikha, 56/1.
South Korea, Embassy website: http://www.infokorea.ru/
South Korea, Russian Embassy in the country:
Seoul, “City Hall” subway station, line 1 or 2, exit 1, Chung-gu district, Chong-dong district, 34-16.
Tel.: (8-10-82-02) 318-21-16, 318-21-17, 318-21-18
Fax: (8-10-81-02) 754-04-17
Communication in South Korea
On the streets of cities everywhere you can see pay phones. They are of several types: working on cards, working on credit cards or working on coins. Phone cards can be purchased at shops, newsstands or hotels. Almost any pay phone can call other countries.
In order to call from South Korea to Russia, you need to dial 001 (002 or 008) – 7 – area code – subscriber number.
In order to call from Russia to the Republic of Korea, you need to dial 8 – 10 – 82 (Korea code) – region code – subscriber number. The code for Seoul is 02, Incheon – 032, Daejeon – 042, Busan – 051, Jaeju – 064. When calling within the country, 0 in area codes does not need to be dialed.
GSM mobile phones do not work in South Korea, but they can be exchanged at the airport for local ones – CDMA and IMT2000. Phone rental is approximately 3,000-4,000 won per day.
Emergency Phones in South Korea
Fire and Ambulance -119
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year’s Day
March 1 – Day of the Movement for Independence from Japanese Occupation
May 5 – Children’s Day
June 6 – Day of Remembrance of the Fallen in the Korean War of 1950-1953
July 17 – Constitution Day
August 15 – Day of Liberation from Japanese Occupation (1945)
October 1 – Armed Forces Day
October 3 – Founding Day of Ancient Joseon
December 25 – Christmas Day
Religious holidays in South Korea are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, that is, their dates change from year to year. In late January – early February (the first day of the first lunar month) the country celebrates one of the most important holidays – the Korean New Year (Seollal). This day is non-working. Koreans visit their relatives, exchange gifts, and have festive lunches and dinners. Mass celebrations with dances, folk games and magnificent ceremonies are held in cities and villages. In April-May (the eighth day of the fourth lunar month), Koreans celebrate Buddha’s Birthday. Services are held in all churches, and in the capital of the country, a festive procession passes through the streets. In September-October, on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, South Korea celebrates the most important traditional holiday – Chuseok. It is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving. after all, this is a harvest festival when the inhabitants of the country thank the land for its gifts. This day is non-working. During Chuseok, Koreans rush to their native lands to visit their families and the graves of their ancestors.
South Korea is one of the safest countries for tourism, however, basic safety rules should be followed.
In the main cities of the country, you can find offices of the National Tourism Organization of Korea. Here you will be helped free of charge and provided with tourist brochures.
Locals do not like to be photographed, and most often the request to photograph them is refused.
When entering a Korean house, you must take off your shoes, but at the same time, socks must be worn on your feet. Topless sunbathing is not accepted on the beaches of South Korea.
According to thembaprograms, shops are open daily from 9:00 to 22:00, large supermarkets and markets – around the clock.
There are duty-free shops in Seoul and Busan, which can be recognized by the sign “tax free shopping”. In such stores, you can pay in foreign currency, and VAT on purchased goods (10%) can be returned at the airport. Shopping in duty-free shops is possible only if you have an air ticket.
There are many shopping areas in Seoul that are sure to appeal to shopping lovers. The best shopping places in Seoul: Namdae-mun (one of the biggest markets), Dongdae-mun (one of the oldest markets, you can bargain here), Muyeongdong (boutiques), Insadong (souvenirs, antiques and works of art), Itaewon (modern shopping the center where most sellers understand and speak English), Yongsan Electronics (the largest electronics store in the country), Goyang-dang (the spice and herb market), Hwangkhak-dong (second hand stores), the huge COEX mall (the largest in the country), Apgujeong (the most expensive clothing stores).
In South Korea, it is not customary to give a tip, most often the service is already included in the bill.
Koreans strictly observe national traditions. There is a cult of elders in the country, which means that, for example, the oldest person present starts a meal or enters the room first.
Before the trip, be sure to take out international medical insurance. The country is at risk of contracting diphtheria, tetanus and typhoid. Between June and October in rural areas there is a risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis.