South Korea Travel Guide

Swift has put together this resource page for all travelers heading to South Korea.  Whether you have questions about travel documents you’ll need or what to pack, we have you covered. Below are some of the visa services we offer to those traveling to South Korea. If you need a visa, you can start your order here.

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South Korea Travel Overview

Get ready to explore the incredible country of South Korea! Founded in 1948 and located in East Asia, there’s no shortage of things to do and see while in South Korea. Whether you’re looking to learn more about South Korea’s extensive culture, browse one of its many markets, or try some of its unique cuisine, South Korea is one country

Travel to South Korea FAQ

As a United States citizen, you do not need a visa to enter South Korea if you stay for 90 days or less. 

According to U.S. News, the best time of the year to visit South Korea is from March to May or from September to November, as the weather is mild during these months, and it’s cheaper during this time.

You can apply for your visa to South Korea on the Swift website.  Go here to get the process started.

According to Budget Your Trip, you can expect to spend around $84 per day on average while in South Korea.

South Korea Travel Tips

Expedite Your Visa to South Korea


Visit our order page and select South Korea as your country. Use the dropdown menus to make appropriate selections, and you'll be directed to the right Ghana visa product for you.

Submit Order

Place your order, and you will be charged for our visa service. From here, we'll guide you step-by-step by giving your instructions, telling you what documents to gather, and answering your questions.

Get Your Visa

After you complete the necessary steps and provide requested documents, Swift will process your order and ship your visa when it's ready.

Currency Used in South Korea

The official currency used in South Korea is the South Korean won. The exchange rate is 0.00076 United States dollars to 1 South Korean won. South Korean won currently comes in denominations of 1000, 5000, 10000, and 50000. 

South Korea Vaccine Requirements

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a list of recommended and required vaccines for those visiting South Korea:

Recommended Vaccines For All Travelers:

  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella
  • Polio
  • COVID-19

Recommended Vaccines For Most Travelers:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Malaria
  • Typhoid

Recommended Vaccines For Some Travelers:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
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What are the current CDC travel requirements?

If you would like the latest updates on what the CDC requires for travel to Vietnam, we suggest that you visit the South Korea section of the CDC website.  There you will find health notices, alerts, and updates on Covid-19. 

Top Things To Do While in South Korea

  1. Tour the historic Changdeokgung Palace
  2. Explore one of South Korea’s many shopping markets
  3. Go up to the top of the Seoul Tower
  4. Trek Seoraksan National Park
  5. Learn about the country’s history at the National Museum of Korea
  6. Gaze at the stunning Gyeongbokgung Palace
  7. Spend the afternoon at Namiseom Island
  8. Walk around the historic Hwaseong Fortress
  9. Try out delicious food while visiting Jeonju Hanok Village
  10.  View the breathtaking Jindo Sea Parting
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Traveling in South Korea

There are numerous different modes of transportation that you can use to get around South Korea. Some popular ways include by car, ferry, airplane, subway, taxi, train, and bus.

Weather Outlook For South Korea

Below is a chart in order for you to get a better idea of the average monthly temperatures in South Korea’s capital city of Seoul: 

  • January – High: 35°F Low: 19°F
  • February – High: 40°F Low: 24°F
  • March – High: 51°F Low: 33°F
  • April – High: 64°F Low:44°F
  • May – High: 74°F Low: 55°F
  • June – High: 81°F Low: 64°F
  • July – High: 84°F Low: 71°F
  • August – High: 86°F Low: 72°F
  • September – High: 79°F Low: 62°F
  • October – High: 68°F Low: 49°F
  • November – High: 53°F Low: 35°F
  • December – High: 39°F Low: 23°F
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South Korean Culture

History: According to, South Korea was founded in 1948 but did not become independent until 1950 when it fought in the Korean War against North Korea. Fast forward to modern-day South Korea, and you will now find more than 50 million people living in this East Asian country.

Religion: The main religions practiced in South Korea include Christianity, Buddhism, and Protestantism. 

Food and Drink: Some of the most popular food and drink in South Korea include kimchi, bibimbap, bulgogi, japchae, hoeddeok, jjigae, soju, sujeonggwa, and cheongju.

South Korea Packing Checklist

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driver’s license
  • Travel insurance
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Credit Card
  • Cash
  • Medications
  • Filtered water bottle
  • Athletic shoes
  • Backpack
  • Portable charger
  • Headphones
  • South Korea guidebook
  • Neck pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Winter Jacket
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