2018 Pyeongchang

Practical Info

Practical Info

  • Visa requirements: Visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport with a visa stamp. There are 102 countries exempted from visa requirement and are issued a short term travel visa at the immigration desk when entering Korea. For detailed information and visa applications, please visit the official website of the Ministry of foreign affairs: http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/visa/application/index.jsp?menu=m_40_10
  • Getting around: The KTX, Korean Train Express, connects the heart of the peninsula to all major cities within 3h range at a speed of 300km/h. For detailed information please visit the Korail official website: http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizbfForeign_pr16100.do?gubun=1

    It is expected that a new high speed line will be operating by 2017, connecting Seoul and the two major airports of Incheon and Wonju to the area of the Olympic venues, directly and in about half the time it takes now.
    Read the official press release
  • Local currency, exchange and credit cards: Korea’s official monetary unit is the Won, Circulates in coins and notes. Notes of 1000, 5000, 10000 and 50000 and coins of 10, 50, 100 and 500mints.
    Exchange rate is approximately 1USD = 1000won. For updated exchange rates: www.xe.com.
    Upon your arrival at the airport in Korea you can exchange cash money to Korean won at any of the bank desks at Incheon Airport – or debit card out of the ATM. Travelers checks are not accepted everywhere and are difficult to exchange. Debit cards with Cirrus or Maestro sign are generally accepted and credit cards like VISA and MasterCard are widely used.
  • Tipping: Generally not expected and could be eventually taken as insult. It would be appreciated by guides and bellboys in high end hotels, provided that the service worth it.
     
  • Electricity and voltage: The voltage in Korea is 220V and the frequency 60Hz. Wall sockets are as in the picture. Consider you might need an adaptor. Adaptors can be purchased at the airport and at the Yongsan Electronics Market in Seoul.
    plug
     
  • Wi-Fi available everywhere
     
  • International call code: +82
     
  • Drive: on the right
     
  • Colour Coded Taxis: There are many different colors of taxis in Korea but you should mind that black taxis are premium luxury cars and at higher cost.
     
  • Health: There are no specific health risks and no particular vaccinations and preventive medical treatment is necessary. In any case it is recommended that you consult your physician before visiting the country. The hygiene standards are high and medical facilities are widespread.