First trip to Korea

Travel Essentials

Essential travel guide. Everything you need to know before you travel to Korea. If you need expert help, visit Korea Plaza – our tourism and cultural center in Kuala Lumpur.

Passport & Visa

Any foreign visitors wishing to enter Korea must have a valid passport. Malaysia has a visa waiver agreement with Korea, so Malaysian citizens are allowed to travel and stay in Korea without a visa up to 90 days. For stays longer than that, visitors must register at the immigration office within 90 days of entry.

For further information on visa and immigration services, contact the Korea Embassy in Malaysia or visit any of the websites below.



SIM Card & Pocket WiFi

Korea’s major mobile carriers are SK Telecom, KT and LG U+, which all have information and rental counters at Incheon International Airport. Prepaid calling plans are available through phone rentals or USIM purchases. PLAY WiFi offers pocket Wi-Fi rental service.

KT –

LGU+ – (Korean only)


Korea has four distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Discover every season own charms and beauties in Korea!

March – May
June – August
September – November
December – February
Warm and sunny with big daily temperature range.
Season of budding flowers for Cherry Blossom, Azalea and Forsythia.
Hot, humid and rainy.
Ideal for beach relaxation and hiking.
Breezy, crisp and with clear blue skies.
Season of bountiful harvests for rice, apples and pears.
Icy cold, dry and snowfall.
Perfect for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports


Currency & Credit Cards

The monetary unit used in Korea is the won (₩). Major credit cards like VISA, Master Card, American Express and Diners Club are widely accepted, but some small shops, restaurants and traditional markets only accept cash. For cash withdrawal or exchange, banks and ATMs are easy to find throughout Korea.

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Tax Refund

Upon departure, VAT and luxury tax refunds are available for purchases over 30,000 won at stores with a “Tax Refund” or “Duty-Free” logo. Cash is given directly at the refund booths in airports, and if paid by credit card, the tax is deducted before the charge goes through.

Global Blue –
KT Tourist Reward –
Global Tax-Free –


Korea Travel Hotline

  • 24-hour Korea tourism information, tourist complaints and interpretation
  • 3-way calling for emergency numbers 112, 119
  • English, Chinese, Japanese

Seoul Dasan Call Center

  • Information about Seoul
  • English, Chinese, Japanese

National Rescue Services

  • National emergency telephone number
  • Fire, natural disaster, accident, urgent circumstances only

Korean National Policy Agency

  • Report crime, accident, etc.

Korea Immigration Service

  • Immigration information and assistance
  • 20 languages

BBB Korea

  • 24-hour interpretation services
  • 19 languages