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Visa and Safe Travel

Visa and Safe Travel
Get Ready to Visit Korea in 5 Steps!

Check the entry process through the Korean diplomatic mission in your country

More than 100 countries are permitted visa-free entrance to Korea.
Diplomatic Missions website

Get a Visa or K-ETA

Visa-free travelers must check for eligibility and apply for K-ETA in advance to enter Korea.
K-ETA website

Travelers who are not eligible for K-ETA are required to apply for a visa.
Visa Portal
※ You can request a visa invitation letter during the registration process. The letter will be sent to your e-mail address within a week of payment completion.

Get a Negative COVID-19 PCR/RAT Result Certificate

All travelers must provide a Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Result Certificate from a PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure date (RAT test result within 24 hours) regardless of the vaccine status.

Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR/RAT test result cannot get on the plane.
COVID-19 Test Requirement
FAQ for COVID-19 Test Requirement
<Last Updated June 27, 2022 | Subject to change per Korean Government Policy>

Register Traveler's Information on Q-CODE website

Registering traveler’s information on the Q-CODE website before getting on the plane will make the entry process in Korea quicker by using a QR code.

Visit the Q-CODE website and register your personal information and vaccination history on the Q-CODE System. The certificate must be in Korean or English; certificate in any other language must have a Korean translation and an apostille must be submitted to the immigration officer.

Travelers who register the Q-CODE system before traveling will be eligible for quarantine exemption, provided that you test negative on the arrival PCR test taken within 3 days of entry (further explained in Step 5).
Q-CODE website
<Last Updated June 27, 2022 | Subject to change per Korean Government Policy>

Take an Arrival PCR Test within 1 day of entry

All travelers are required to take a PCR test within 1 day of entry. The quarantine exemption will be revoked if you do not take the test or test positive for COVID-19.
<Last Updated August 1, 2022 | Subject to change per Korean Government Policy> Visit the following test centers

  • PCR Test Center at the Incheon Airport
    There are PCR Test Centers at the Incheon Airport and you may make a reservation prior to arrival.
    Test Center Reservation

  • PCR Test Center near Songdo ConvensiA
    There are several medical centers near the INTERSPEECH 2022 venue, Songdo ConvensiA, within 3-min walk. A list of the nearby medical centers will be updated by mid-August.
Stay in touch with us for more updates
and get ready to enjoy Korea!
To find out more details of travel guidelines, please see Visit Korea
or the website of the Korean Embassy/Consulate in your region.
  • Climate Korean weather in September is early autumn. Temperature is expected to range from 16℃ to 24℃. The average relative humidity is 11 – 28%. It is pleasantly warm during the day but somewhat chilly at night. The gold and crimson autumn leaves under the blue sky create a picturesque landscape.
  • Electricity & Voltage The standard voltage in Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz, and the outlet has two round holes. You can purchase a multi-voltage travel adapter at the airport, retail stores, or convenience stores.
  • Currency and Credit Cards The unit of Korean currency is Won (₩). Foreign currency can be exchanged into Korean Won (KRW) at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchangers. Credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, Master Card and JCB, are accepted at major hotels, department stores, and restaurants.
  • Tax and Tipping Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 10%. In major tourist spots, a 10% VAT plus a 10% service charge is added to the bills. Tipping is not necessary in hotels or taxis.
  • WiFi Service Internet service is often provided in public places such as airports, train stations, and bus terminals in Korea. Fast food restaurants, cafes, or stores are also good places to access to WiFi. It is of course available on site during the conference.
  • Mobile Phone Rentals and Roaming Service The airport has roaming centers, operated by local network service providers; KT, SK Telecom, and LG U+. Visitors can get their mobile devices connected for roaming here after a simple registration process. SIM Card purchase, Wi-Fi egg rentals and even smart phone rentals are available at the airport.
  • Emergency and Assistance Call If you need any emergency help or assistance with immigration, safety and medical service, tourist complaints, and other concerns, you can dial 1330 to connect the 1345 Ministry of Justice Call Center, 119 Emergency Rescue Service, KTO Complaint Center, and other related call centers. Phone +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
  • Travel Insurance The organizers take no liability for personal injuries or loss or damage to property belonging to the participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before leaving their home country.

<Sources from Korea Tourism Organization>