Your South Korea Booking Pack
The Dragon Trip is the all-encompassing, flexible trip for adventurers seeking to discover the real South Korea, showing you the very best parts – including cultural, historical and adrenaline-inducing attractions, jaw dropping scenery, and incredibly tasty cuisine! Over the next few weeks, it’s our goal to show you a side of South Korea you’ll remember forever.
Joining your tour in Seoul
Your Hotel’s Address:
Address in Korean: 서울특별시 중구 퇴계로 137 L7 명동
Zip Code: 04537
How to get to your hotel:
If you have any queries or issues with your trip, email our Ops team on email@example.com.
We can collect you from the airport
We can arrange an airport transfer to pick you up from Seoul airport and drop you off at your hostel for an additional cost. If you are planning on spending additional time in Seoul before your trip starts, we are also able to book pre-trip accommodation for you. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finishing your tour in Seoul
Temporary change to K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization):
From April 1st 2023 to December 31st 2024, visitors from 22 regions are exempt from applying for the K-ETA & paying the 10,000KRW/pp fee. These are: Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, UK, Austria, Italy, France, Finland, Poland, United States (including Guam), Canada, New Zealand, Australia. Travellers from outside of these regions will need to apply for the K-ETA as normal. The K-ETA site will notify eligible passengers if they are exempt at the application stage. However, if passengers do not want to fill out an arrival card, they can still choose to apply for the K-ETA.
Passengers entering South Korea must obtain a K-ETA (if eligible) or a visa.
K-ETA is an electronic travel authorization for visa-free foreign visitors and it is tied directly to your passport. Please check K-ETA eligibility of your country of origin and apply for it here: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do
If your country of origin is not eligible for K-ETA, then you must apply for the visa at the nearest embassy.
Visa information is subject to change without notice. For the most current information, please visit your nearest embassy.
South Korea Covid-19 Entry Regulations
Effective from July 15 2023, Q-code registration is no longer required to enter Korea, except for travellers entering from or passing through quarantine inspection required areas. According to new screening procedures, entrants to Korea undergo a simple temperature check upon arrival, unless coming from a designated quarantine inspection required area. You can find the full list of areas requiring quarantine inspection here: https://vr.visitkorea.or.kr/assets/pdf/enu/Quarantine_Inspection_Required_Areas.pdf
If you require a Q-code, fill out the form and upload the necessary documents on the Q-code website here: https://cov19ent.kdca.go.kr/cpassportal/
- COVID Tests:
There is no pre-departure COVID test requirement to enter South Korea. However, we strongly suggest that travellers get tested before leaving your home country, to make sure you’re COVID free.
As of October 1st 2022, all travellers into South Korea are not required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival.
Note : South Korea COVID-19 Entry Regulations are subject to change. Please contact the nearest Korean embassy or your airline company for the most up-to-date information.
Please don’t forget your insurance! It’s compulsory to have travel insurance on all Dragon Trips. Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you to the pre-departure briefing. In the event of an accident, we may need to contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number, as well as your policy number.
Please make sure your insurance offers ‘Bad Weather or Natural Disaster Coverage’.
Please fill out our online emergency contact and insurance form: https://forms.office.com/r/xdbVEVAsNG
Don’t forget your passport!
Have you sent us your passport details?
The Dragon Trip needs your passport copy to book accommodation and transport tickets in advance of your trip.
Please ensure that you passport is valid for six months of onward travel, with a spare page for every country you plan on visiting (all those stamps!). If you need a new passport, make sure you send us your new passport details as soon as possible, or you may experience some difficulties whilst on tour.
Do I need a visa?
Foreign nationals from many countries are now permitted visa-free entry to Korea for a limited period under certain conditions. To check whether you are able to enter Korea without a visa, please contact a Korean embassy or consular office in your country or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (www.mofa.go.kr).
Visa information is subject to change without notice. For the most current information, please visit your nearest embassy.
Keep in touch!
We want to hear all about your amazing travels across South Korea.
Whether you’re on the tour or reliving your amazing experiences, be sure to use the hashtag #thedragontrip to join in with our amazing community of fellow Dragons.
In addition, if you tag our profile in your photo with the handle @thedragontrip, we might just feature it! We love to see all the fun you get up to on your adventures.
Lastly: if you don’t want to have your photos appear on our social platforms, please do email us to let us know.
Meet Your Fellow Dragons
As many of our Dragons travel solo, we want to take to make the process of meeting your fellow travellers as easy as possible. We create WhatsApp groups for every departure date in advance, meaning that you can get to know everyone on your tour before you hit the ground.
Our Ultimate Packing Check List
On all of our trips you will be required to carry your own bags, so pack light. South Korea has some local markets in case you forget something, and you can always borrow from others in your group – that’s what friends are for! We do advise that you take a backpack rather than luggage, as this will be useful when travelling between cities.
- Passport – with a copy of photo page
- Insurance Info
- Credit/Debit Card (Many ATMs in Korea outside of public transportation stations and airports do not take foreign cards. Your Adventure Leader will help you find appropriate ATM machines.)
- Local Currency
- Money Belt
- First Aid Kit (such as medicine for diarrhoea, paracetamol, disinfectant, bandaids, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, or any personal medicines.)
- Camera and charger
- Long pants (for hiking)
- Long trousers, sleeved shirts (when visiting temples)
- Swimming costume
- Sensible walking shoes/hiking boots
- Mosquito repellent
- Eco-friendly shampoo and soap
- Earplugs (for a better sleep in the dorms/night train)
- Locks for bags
- Waterproof backpack cover
- Antibacterial gel/wipes
- Universal travel adaptor
Do I need to bring power adaptors?
Yes! South Korean electrical outlets use the same sockets as central Europe, so if you use any other type of plug, you will need to bring an adaptor. South Korea uses 230 volts and the plug sockets are Type C, featuring two round pins.
Suitcase or backpack?
A suitcase is OK, but a backpack/hold-all is much, much more convenient. Whether you’re travelling elsewhere in Asia or just flying to and from South Korea, remember to look into what the checked luggage weight limits are for your flights.
How do I get money in South Korea?
You will be able to withdraw money at ATMs in the major cities and tourist areas in South Korea, and your Adventure Leader will tell you when the next stop on the trip where you will be able to withdraw more cash is. Not all ATMs in South Korea will accept foreign bank cards, so we would recommend researching ATMs in advance.
How much should I budget for food and drink?
It really varies depending on your taste and budget. You can get a meal of Gimpap (Korean sushi) or noodles for 5,000-6,000₩ (£4-5). Generally, we take travellers to affordable restaurants, and recommend budgeting £10-15 a day for food and drink.
Your Welfare on Tour
Our adventure tours are a safe space where everyone is welcome. We kindly request that you show respect to your fellow adventurers, our Adventure Leader, as well as the local people and places we encounter throughout our journey. Any form of discrimination, bullying and violence is strictly prohibited, and we expect all travellers to adhere to the laws, customs, and regulations of each destination we visit. Behaviours that contradict these expectations or impede our staff’s ability to fulfil their duty of care or follow the planned itinerary, may result in the removal of the individuals involved from the trip. If you encounter any concerns during your travels, please promptly communicate with your Adventure Leader or local guide. Alternatively, you can discreetly contact the Adventure Leader via WhatsApp. They will be able to address the issue directly and help find the best solution.
Top Tips from The Dragon Trip
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On the weather:
- South Korea has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Spring and autumn are pleasant, but also short in duration. Summers are very short, hot, and humid. The end of June-July are typically the rainiest months of the year.
On how to travel sustainably:
- We cover the cost of up to 15kg in weight on our flights. This keeps fuel usage down, and reduces the impact of the flight on the environment.
- Packing as light as possible keeps your carbon footprint low. We recommend 10-15kg, especially as you are expected to carry your own luggage.
- Pack a reusable water bottle. Many of our hostels provide filtered water, which reduces your need for single use plastics on tour.
- Your Adventure Leader will invite you to a WhatsApp group chat on Day 1 to keep in touch with you and the rest of your group.
- Maps.me: This is a great app to stop yourself from getting lost! You can download it to your phone for free. We recommend downloading many maps from different cities in South Korea before your trip, and using these maps later when you don’t have Wi-Fi.
- Naver Maps: For those with internet connection, we recommend downloading Naver Maps. This is more commonly used in Korea and offers English translation. Our Adventure Leaders will share locations using the app once the tour begins.
- Translation Apps: We also recommend downloading translation apps, such as Google Translate or Papago. Tip! Be sure to download your required languages within the app for offline use.
- Subway Apps: Kakao Metro is an easy and convenient option to help navigate Seoul and Busan’s subway systems and comes with an English language option.
- Bring electronic products at your own risk. Some customers choose to travel with iPhones, tablets and laptops, but although theft is rare on The Dragon Trip there is petty crime in some areas we visit.
Food & Drink:
- The legal age to drink alcohol is 19 in Korea. ID is needed to enter bars.
- There will be lots of great nights out on The Dragon Trip, but please remember to always drink within your limits. Never journey home by yourself at night and never leave another person in the group alone. Please don’t drink too much if you have an early morning journey/activity the next day, and always follow the legal drinking age limit.
- Drugs are illegal in South Korea. If our guides see you committing any crime while traveling with us, they are obliged to report it to both Head Office and the police, so please don’t put them in that position!
- The food is delicious throughout South Korea and you won’t be able to get enough of it. Try anything and everything possible. Your Adventure Leader will be able to recommend all of the best spots.
- Stay hydrated. If you’re travelling in the summer months, then it’s important that you drink enough water. You may want to pack re-hydration sachets with you just in case.
- You may meet many people from lots of different backgrounds and cultures on this trip. You may have different opinions or ways of doing things. Treat everyone how you wish to be treated and remember to work together as a group.
- Always try to arrive a couple of minutes early to check outs or departure times. Being late may mean missing transport connections, and you don’t want to delay the whole group.
- Please bear in mind that South Korea has it’s own unique culture that at times can be very different to your home country. Some systems or ways of doing things which you may take for granted back home aren’t necessarily the same, so please be patient. Sometimes things don’t run like they may back home, despite our best efforts.
Navigating a new culture:
- Be respectful of local culture and dress appropriately at temples and religious sites. You may need to cover your shoulders, wear longer trousers and go barefoot.
- Respect towards elders is very important in Korea. Speak politely, bow, give up your seat, and generally go out of your way for them.
On safety & security:
- Exercise caution and common sense at all times during your stay in South Korea.
- Always carry a photocopy of your passport (photo page and visa page) with you.
- We recommend you to carry a small first aid kit, including any personal medicines you’re using, as they may not easily be obtained in some of the locations we visit.
- Drink at your own risk and always follow the legal drinking age – it is 19 in South Korea.
- Beware of ATM scams and pickpocketing on buses and trains, as well as in busy streets.
In case of Emergencies
No matter where you are or what you do, safety always comes first. We conduct our own health and safety checks, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
Emergency services numbers are listed below:
– Police Department: 112
– Fire & Emergency Department: 119
To contact our staff:
24/7 emergency contact number: (TollFree only for use in Korea) 00308 491 0186
Any questions or feedback?
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(Please note that this email is only monitored from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17:30 (Friday 17:00) UK time, if you have any urgent issues, such as flight delays or last minute cancellations, please contact our South Korea Team.)
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