Q: I am a U.S. citizen who holds a valid U.S. passport. Who do I need to contact regarding regulations related to entry to, exit from the U.S. or U.S. Customs?
A: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States for all U.S. citizens as well as foreign travelers. They are also responsible for Customs. To learn about admissions and entry requirements, as well as restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods, please review the U.S. CBP website. You can also contact the U.S. CBP office in Korea by email at SeoulCBP@state.gov
Q: How do I bring/send prescription drugs or medicine to Korea?
A: Drugs brought into the Republic of Korea are subject to the regulations established by the Korean Food and Drug Administration and the Korean Customs Service. We recommend that you plan in advance and confirm the procedures with the relevant Korean authorities before bringing any drugs into the Republic of Korea.
Q: Should I register with the Embassy/Department of State while I am in Korea as a U.S. citizen?
A: We recommend that you register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that we can better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad. We encourage you to enroll whether you are visiting Korea or residing here.
Q: I’m leaving Korea. How do I remove myself from registration/enrollment?
A: If you enrolled online (STEP), visit their website to cancel or update your enrollment. If you previously submitted a registration request through the Embassy website ,which is no longer valid, you may unregister by sending an email request to seoulinfoACS@state.gov with your full name and the e-mail address you used to register.
Q: Can the U.S. Embassy act as my legal representative regarding my dispute?
A: No, the U.S. Embassy is not able to act as a legal representative or give legal advice. All legal disputes in Korea must be resolved through the Korean legal system. We have compiled a list of attorneys (PDF-211.10KB) who speak English who may be able to assist you. But please note that the embassy is not able to attest to their competence or reliability outside of their English speaking ability and willingness to work with U.S. citizens.
Q: Entering/exiting Korea or Korean visa matters: I am traveling to Korea, do I need a visa? How long can I stay in Korea? I have a layover in Korea, do I need a visa? I need to change my E-2 visa to F-5 spouse visa after getting married in Korea, how do I go about it? or My Korean visa will expire soon, how do I
A: Please be aware that the U.S. Embassy has no authority over matters related to your admission intoor duration of stay, or visa status in Korea. Korean visas for U.S. citizens fall under the jurisdiction of the Korean government. For questions or concerns, please contact the Korean Immigration Service directly by phone at 1345, or online at www.immigration.go.kr If you are in the U.S., you may wish to consult with the Korean Embassy in the United States.
Q: Can I use my U.S. driver’s license in Korea? How can I get a Korean driver’s license?
A: Please note that you must take a written exam before you can obtain a Korean driver’s license except for those who hold driver’s licenses that were issued by a U.S. state with a reciprocity agreement with Korea. This written exam can be provided in English. Most Americans will need to get an International Driver’s Permit or a Korean driver’s license before driving in Korea. For more information, please visit our website.
Q: I am a U.S. citizen living in Korea and would like to travel a country other than the U.S. What are the requirements for entering other country? Where can I find this information?
A: For information on visas to visit other countries, please contact the country’s embassy. Contact information for all diplomatic missions in Korea can be found at www.mofa.go.kr. Also, please check the Department of State’s website for the country specific information, travel alerts and travel warnings for the country that you wish to travel.