Starting 1st June, visa applications are being accepted for the short-term visa (C-3), with 6~8 working days required to process the applications.
Express Visa applications will be processed within 3~5 working days.
Jeju Island visa-free program is also available from 1st June, through which travellers will be allowed to enter Jeju visa-free via international airports.
South Korea removes all Covid travel restrictions, all travellers visiting South Korea are no longer required to submit the Post-entry COVID-19 PCR test report w.e.f October 01, 2022. Previously, pre-entry PCR test requirement for entrants had been lifted on September 3, 2022.
2022 Direct Flight Schedules:
New Delhi (DEL) – Incheon (ICN)
Korean Air: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday (Departure Time: 19:40)
Air India: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (Departure Time: 00:05)
Asiana Airlines: Monday, Friday (Departure Time: 22:30)
Incheon (ICN) – New Delhi (DEL)
Korean Air: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday (Departure Time: 12:45)
Air India: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (Departure Time:11:40)
Asiana Airlines: Monday, Friday (Departure Time:15:30)
Korea Film Council
The Korean Film Council is a public institution established to improve the quality of Korean films and promote them and the film industry, a role entrusted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the ROK government.
Korea Film Commissions & Industry Network (KFCIN)
The Korea Film Commissions & Industry Network (KFCIN) is the inbound gateway for filming in Korea. KFCIN provides firsthand information on how to film in Korea, general info on Korea, locations, available incentives, filming permits, etc.
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1. Is English spoken throughout South Korea?
English is taught as a second language in schools. The younger generation in South Korea are able to communicate in English well. All stakeholders of the travel & hospitality industry (hotel staff, tour guides, Korean suppliers, etc.) are able to communicate well in English.
Most of the road signages in South Korea are in dual language i.e. Korean & English.
2. Do I need a Visa to travel to South Korea?
Indian travellers (along with travellers from other SAARC countries) need prior visa to travel to South Korea. ‘E-visa’ or ‘Visa on Arrival’ facilities are not available yet for the nationalities mentioned.
3. What currency is used in South Korea?
The local currency used throughout the country is the Won. Korean Won is not directly interchangeable with Indian Rupee. Hence travellers are recommended to carry US Dollars.
However all internationally valid debit and credit cards will work almost everywhere in South Korea including taxis and public transport.
4. When is the best time to travel to South Korea?
As Korea has four distinct seasons the best times to visit are in the spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). During the spring visitors will be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms and lots of sunshine. Fall is when the majority of major festivals take place, and the colours are incredibly vibrant.
From Indian perspective, even the summers (July & August) are good to travel as the average temperature in the country remains below 30 degrees on average. In case someone wants to enjoy snow and winter sports, then travelling to South Korea during winters (December to March) is a great option.
5. Is there transportation within Korea?
Korea has a very extensive transportation system which includes railways, buses, ferries and more. The T-Money card is used for public transportation within Seoul. Travelling by train is a good way to get around the country and a KORAIL pass can be purchased before travelling.
On of the recommended ways to travel between cities in South Korea is to take the high speed bullet train i.e. KTX. Travelling at more than 300 kms per hour one can reach from Seoul to Busan in little more than 2 hours.
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7. What are the main festivals and events in South Korea?
Most festivals and celebrations are in the spring or autumn.
Chuseok is the biggest holiday similar to Thanksgiving and is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Baekje Cultural Festival is every October with over 100 traditional performances and events. Busan International film festival is normally held in October.
Depending on the season you go, Summer is hot and humid so lightweight clothing and a rain poncho or umbrella for rain. Spring and Autumn are mild and sunny so comfortable clothes and a light jacket. Winter is cold with temperatures below freezing so warm winter clothing. Bring a bathing suit for beaches and dressy clothes if you plan on dining in upscale restaurants.
8. Where are the best beaches in Korea?
South Korea has many world class beaches. Seobin, Udo is South Korea’s only coral beach, Hajodae, Gangwon is known for surfing, Haeundae, Busan is a blockbuster beach that hosts the Busan International film festival in October and is known for its nightlife and entertainment. For a quieter family friendly destination Hamdeok in Jeju Island has shallow crystal clear water and soft sand perfect for young swimmers.