Get Ready to Visit Korea in 5 Steps!
- STEP 1.
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
- STEP 2.
Get a Visa or K-ETA
Visa-free travelers must check for eligibility and apply for K-ETA in advance to enter Korea.
Travelers who are not eligible for K-ETA are required to apply for a visa.
※ 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.
- STEP 3.
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
- STEP 4.
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).
- STEP 5.
Take an Arrival PCR Test within 3 days of entry
All travelers are required to take a PCR test within 3 days of entry. The quarantine exemption will be revoked if you do not take the test or test positive for COVID-19.
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.
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.
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)
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>