Foreign currency declaration upon departure

If Korean residents or non-residents carry means of payment (means of international payment, KRW notes, or cashier’s checks) less than USD 10,000 out of Korea, no report is required. In addition, if a non-resident leaves the country with the means of foreign payment within the amount carried at his or her recent arrival, he or she does not need to report it. Also, if he or she receives confirmation from the head of the foreign exchange bank (the possession of a certificate of confirmation is required) when he or she withdraws from a credit card issued overseas or withdraws from an overseas account, he or she does not need to report it. In addition, if a resident of Korean nationality transports means of payment (means of international payment, KRW notes, or cashier’s checks) that exceeds USD 10,000 for general overseas travel expenses, he or she can take it with him or her if he or she reports it to the head of the competent Customs office.

Precautions

  • If overseas Koreans, Korean expatriates, overseas students, and travel agents carry overseas travel expenses exceeding USD 10,000, or if a foreign resident intends to leave the country with earned income in Korea, he/she must obtain confirmation from the head of the foreign exchange bank (in this case, there is no separate customs declaration, but a certificate of confirmation must be presented at the request by the Customs office).
  • Payment of commodity transaction and capital transaction should be reported based on the relevant rules and regulations before departure. (Ex: Payment of commodity transaction should be reported to the Bank of Korea Governor)

Departure procedure for cross-border cash courier including foreign currency, etc.

  • The table below shows classification of and information on cash courier or other means of payment during departure both for residents and non-residents.

Relevant rules and regulations

  • Article 17 of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act (FETA), Article 31 of the Enforcement Decree of the FETA
  • Chapter 6 of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Regulations

Foreign currency declaration upon arrival

If you bring in means of payment not exceeding USD 10,000 to Korea, you do not need any permission or declaration. In addition, there is no need to report or authorize the importation of promissory notes, letters of credit, or bills of exchange. However, if you enter the country with foreign currency, KRW notes, or checks above USD 10,000 or the equivalent in total, you must report it to Customs. The same goes for cashier's checks in Korean won.

Reporting procedure

  • Mark yes on no. 3 of Traveler Declaration Form with entering specific amount, submit it to Customs official, and receive The Certificate of Foreign Currency Declaration (A person failed to report is subject to fines or penalties)

    ※ The Certificate of Foreign Currency Declaration cannot be issued after entering Korea (after leaving the immigration)
    * T1 Airport Baggage Inspection Section 1 (032-722-4422), T2 Airport Baggage Inspection Section 2 (032-723-5119)

Relevant rules and regulations

  • Article 17 of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act (FETA), Article 31 of the Enforcement Decree of the FETA
  • Chapter 6 of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Regulations
Penalty
  • Any person who export or import any means of payment including foreign currency without filing a report shall be punished by imprisonment with labor not more than 1 year or by a fine (Article 32 of the Act) not exceeding one hundred million won: Provided that the triple value of the object related to the violation exceeds one hundred million won, the fine shall not be more than the triple value of such object.