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How to Move to South Korea: the Complete Relocation Guide | InterNations GO!


Whether you are moving abroad for the first time or relocated multiple times before, the process raises many questions. Our complete guide to relocation will ease your doubts along the way, from the initial preparations to how to negotiate a relocation package, we help you GO! prepared with the key answers.

The process of relocating to South Korea is easier than some might think. Whereas neighboring countries like Japan and China have strict import requirements, Korea generally lets in most household items and goods as long as they have previously been used and are for personal use. If you purchase something brand new before traveling to Korea, be sure to remove all tags.

When shipping household goods to South Korea, it is important that they arrive within six months of your entry into the country. If they arrive outside of the six months, then you will be subject to duty tax. This is even true of importing vehicles: as long as the car arrives within the six-month period you will not have to pay duty tax. However, expats should note that Japanese cars are not allowed to be imported into South Korea.

Expats moving to South Korea with pets will be happy to know that there is no mandatory quarantine. If your pet is from a country that is considered “rabies free,” a quarantine will only be required if the pet has not had a recent rabies shot or if its implanted microchip is unable to be read. However, animals from countries where rabies is more prevalent will need to undergo a blood test as well as a twelve-hour quarantine. This will be required whether or not the animal has had a recent rabies vaccination.

What about the vaccinations needed for you and your family to go to South Korea? Luckily, South Korea is a fairly safe, clean country, where even the tap water is safe to drink. Read this section to learn more so that you and your family are fully prepared for your international journey to this exciting, peninsular country.

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