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Can I bring frozen / cooked foods into South Korea?

Yes. During our trip we actually brought frozen chicken drummets, frozen rendang, cooked mini ketupats..Among other dried foods. I emailed the KTO office regarding this and they checked with Korea Food & Drug Administration. Apparently there are no exact rules for individual food so it is okay to bring them in.

Comments:
  • Hashidah bt Abdul
    November 18, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Can I bring frizen cooked food to Seoul. Please give me latest info aboutt his matter. Thanks

    • Korea Plaza KL
      November 19, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Hi Hashidah,

      Please be informed that you cannot bring frozen food to Korea. We do not recommend bringing cooked food also.

      To find out more information regarding the food items you may try to contact Korea Immigration Hotline at +82-2-6908-1345.

      Your understanding is highly appreciated.

      Thank you.

  • Wan
    November 28, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Hi
    Can we bring packed food (contains meat or chicken) which have been commercially processed to korea?
    Can we bring canned food too?
    Thank you

    • Korea Plaza KL
      November 29, 2019 at 2:41 am

      Hi Wan,

      The Korea Immigration is now really strict about bringing food to Korea.

      You are not allowed to bring any kind of meat. Any canned chicken or beef is also not allowed. However, you can bring canned food (fish, seafood only), anchovies and instant noodles (not meat flavored) e.g curry, vegetable. We do not recommend bringing cooked food.

      If you are bringing in dry food, canned foods, or vacuum packed foods, you may pack it in your check-in luggage and you are required to declare the items that are allowed to bring.

      For more information regarding the food items to bring to Korea, you can call this number:

      Korea Immigration Hotline
      +82 2 6908 1345 (They can speak chinese and english)

      Thank you.

  • Inruok
    December 2, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Hi, can we bring cooked anchovies chili paste (sambal ikan bilis) to Korea? Thank you.

    • Korea Plaza KL
      December 2, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Hi there,

      Yes, you can. You may pack it in your check-in luggage and you are required to declare the items that are allowed to bring.

      For more information regarding the food items to bring to Korea, you can call this number:

      Korea Immigration Hotline
      +82 2 6908 1345 (They can speak chinese and english)

      Thank you.

  • Sarah Adriana
    December 10, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Hi is it okay to bring like biscuits and chocolates and instant foods😁 and do we need to declare them or ?

    • Korea Plaza KL
      December 11, 2019 at 2:36 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes you can bring biscuits, chocolates and instant foods to Korea. No need for you to declare the items.

      Thank you.

      • Sarah Adriana
        December 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

        Tqsm for your reply💫

  • Teresa
    December 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Hi!
    I am planning to check in the individually vacuum packed duck tongue (cooked snack) bought at HK airport into korea (jeju and seoul airport) and may I know if it is okay.

    • Korea Plaza KL
      December 27, 2019 at 5:07 am

      Hi Teresa,

      The Korea Immigration is now really strict about bringing food to Korea.

      We do not recommend bringing cooked food. You are not allowed to bring any kind of meat. Any canned chicken or beef are also not allowed. However, you can bring canned food (fish, seafood only), anchovies and instant noodles (not meat flavored) e.g curry, vegetable.

      If you are bringing in dry food, canned foods, or vacuum packed foods (no meat allowed), you may pack it in your check-in luggage and you are required to declare the items that are allowed to bring.

      For more information regarding the food items to bring to Korea, you can call this number:

      Korea Immigration Hotline
      +82 2 6908 1345 (They can speak chinese and english)

      Thank you.

  • Dayana
    January 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Hi!

    Can I bring instant pasta that contained dry / powder cheese and milk?

    • Korea Plaza KL
      January 11, 2020 at 6:08 am

      Hi Dayana,

      Yes you can.

      If you are bringing in dry food, canned foods, or vacuum packed foods, you may pack it in your check-in luggage and you are required to declare the items that are allowed to bring.

      For more information regarding the food items to bring to Korea, you can call this number:

      Korea Immigration Hotline
      +82 2 6908 1345 (They can speak chinese and english)

      Thank you.

  • NIK AMANINA LIYANA NIK ABD AZIZ
    January 13, 2020 at 4:37 am

    hi,
    1. can i bring eggs?
    2. commercial processed cooked food (from supermarket) such as brahims, (contains chicken, beef) ?
    3. milk and cereal?
    4. home cooked meal that has been frozen (contain chicken)

    • Korea Plaza KL
      January 13, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Hi Nik,

      The Korea Immigration is really strict about bringing food to Korea.

      You not allowed to bring any kind of meat. Any canned chicken or beef is also not allowed.

      If you want bringing in dry food like anchovies or instant noodles (no meat in the ingredients), you may pack it in your check-in luggage and you are required to declare the items.

      For more in formation regarding the food items to bring in Korea, you can call this number:

      Korea Immigration Hotline
      +82 2 6908 1345 (Chinese, English)

      Thank you.

  • Monika
    January 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Hello,
    I apologize if my question is repetitive but I want to make sure I will not break any rule when entering South Korea.
    I am just a little bit confused that it seems to be required to declare some types of food (e.g. instant noodles) at customs and others not (e.g. chocolate).

    1. So, do I understand correctly that I do not need to declare at customs (or report it anywhere else) biscuits and chocolate? (in reasonable amount of course, for personal use only)
    2. Are the labels of that biscuits/chocolate required to be in English/Korean? Or it does not matter?
    3. And what about bread/pastry/croissants… (without any meat or cheese, of course)? Is declaring at customs required for these items?
    Thank you.

    • Korea Plaza KL
      January 15, 2020 at 6:33 am

      Hi Monika,

      Kindly be informed that for chocolate, biscuits or pastry, you did not need to declare it at customs. Only canned food and pack food (only contain fish, seafood and no meat ingredients) need to declare.

      Thank you.

  • Handsome boy
    January 22, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Can i bring vape to korea

    • Korea Plaza KL
      January 23, 2020 at 3:06 am

      Hi there,

      Yes, you can bring vape to Korea but you may smoke the vape at a appropriate place.

      Thank you.

  • fhusnas
    February 19, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hi can i bring instant noodle and individual packed cookies? Is there a need to declare?

    • Korea Plaza KL
      February 20, 2020 at 6:31 am

      Hi there,

      Yes, you can bring them and you do not need to declare them.

      Thank you

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