All items entering or leaving Korea must go through inspection. Some items are strictly prohibited in all places and at all times, while others are restricted only on board a flight. Also, animals, animal products, plants, fruits and soil may be quarantined, depending on their origin, description, and condition.
Korea Customs Service
Incheon International Airport
Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency (Korean)
- Animal: www.nvrqs.go.kr/eng/ (Korean, English)
- Plant: www.qia.go.kr/english (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
All live animals and animal products entering Korea must be accompanied by valid quarantine or heat treatment certificates issued by the country of departure. All import animals and animal products must be declared and inspected upon arrival. Cloven-hoofed animals and their products, which are shipped from import-restricted areas, will be sent back or destroyed. For detailed information on animal quarantine, please contact the Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency or the airport quarantine office.
Animal Quarantine: 82-32-740-2660
Export/Import Animal Quarantine: 82-32-752-1271~2
Export/Import Pets Quarantine:: 82-32-740-2660~2
Export/Import Livestock Product Quarantine: 82-32-740-2642~3, 2636, 2646
Plants, fruits (esp. mangos, oranges, papayas, etc.), vegetables, seeds, orchids, nursery stock, cut flowers, soil and items of a similar nature must be described in No. 3 on the back of the Customs Declaration Form, and be declared upon arrival.
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