Korea Travel Essentials
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Quick Information about Korea
- Where is South Korea? - Between Japan & China
- What power plugs/sockets are used in Korea? - 220v/60Hz
- How rich is Korea? - GDP per capita $32,020 and one of the G-20 major economies
- What's the currency in South Korea? - Won (₩ KRW)
- How should I manage payments in South Korea? - You can withdraw cash (Won) in most major banks or you can use credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, JCB, UnionPay, etc)
- What is Korea famous for? - Kimchi, K-POP, High Tech Electronics
- What are the must-see places in Korea? - 50 beautiful places to visit in Korea by CNN
For more information, please visit Korea Tourism Organization Website.
Once you have decided to travel to Korea for both beauty and pleasure, it would be advisable for you to have a checklist which contains the travel essentials that you must fulfill or act upon to ensure that your journey will be both enjoyable and worry free. Here are some suggestions to consider.
- Check your passport and be sure to make several clear photocopies of the picture and information pages as well as the emergency contact pages. You should keep one copy with you at all times while making certain to store several other copies in various places in your luggage, hotel room, etc. This way, in the unlikely event that your passport is lost or stolen, you will still have proof of your identity and it will be easier to obtain a replacement passport at your Embassy in Korea. Also, make sure that your passport is not going to expire soon. Some countries require that your passport be valid for a minimum of six months beyond your intended departure date.
- Check with the Korean Embassy, particularly the Visa Section Office, if you need a visa. (http://www.immigration.go.kr/) Visa requirements and issuance depend upon your citizenship. There are citizens of certain countries which do not need a visa to travel to Korea as long as their passport is valid, while others will have to submit certain requirements to be issued a visa. However, it is hard for some countries (mostly developing countries) to get a travel visa (C-3: short-term general) to South Korea.
If you can't get a travel visa (C-3), you can apply for a Medical Visa (C-3-M) (as of 2009.05.11). Seoul TouchUp is one of the few entities registered with the Korean Health Industry Development Institute or KHIDI (http://www.khidi.or.kr) for medical tourism (Visa type: 90 days C-3-M and 1 year G-1-M). You will need a C-3-M visa for Seoul TouchUp services. Although we can help with your application, the Korean Immigration Office will go through the same processes for your medical visa (identity check, proof of bank balance, etc.). It is important to note that without our invitation and approval, it is not possible for people to get a medical visa. For more information please refer to http://www.medicalkorea.or.kr. If you are unsure if you need a visa, please let us know and we will find out for you.
*Photo Provided Courtesy of KTO
Travel Guide 101
Aside from your passport and visa, other Korea Travel essentials (documents) that must be included in your travel essential list are:
- Identification Card(s) such as a Driver’s License or other picture ID
- Travel Itinerary
- Travel tickets/Accommodation Arrangements
- Contact Details/Address book/Emergency Information
- Travel Insurance
- Debit cards and credit cards
- Health Documents
- Cash/Traveler’s Check
- Travel Insurance
Do not forget to pack the following items:
- Prescription medications and other basic medications such as pain relievers, cold medicines, diarrhea tablets, indigestion tablets, allergy tablets, etc...
- First-Aid and Sewing Kit
- Luggage with ID tags
- Camera, batteries, memory card
- Cellular Phone
- Laptop (if you have one) and power plug adapter
- Travel Guide/Map/Dictionary
The above mentioned travel items are the basic essentials for a smooth and enjoyable travel. Also, don’t forget that airport security screening can be difficult if you have too many metal items in your pockets or on yourself. You may want to consider packing (in your carry-on bag) your jewelry and other items of that nature. It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable shoes that are easily removable for security screening.
Upon your departure from Korea, we will also provide you with a letter that states that you had plastic surgery in Korea just in case the photo in your passport does not match your new look.