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Time Zone
Republic of Korea Standard Time is GMT plus 9 hours.
CLIMATE
Republic of Korea's 4 season climate is regarded as a continental climate from a temperate standpoint and a monsoon climate from a precipitation standpoint. The weather is expected to be pleasant during the time of the conference. (average temperature 10-20 Celsius). In October, long slacks, long-sleeved shirts, and cardigans or jackets are ideal. You may require a thicker jacket in the evenings.
CURRENCY
The unit of Korean currency is the Won(₩). Coin denominations are ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500. Banknotes are ₩1,000, ₩5,000, ₩10,000, and ₩50,000
Currency Exchange
Foreign banknotes and traveler's check can be exchanged at foreign exchange banks and other authorized moneychangers.
As of December 2012, the exchange rate is approximately USD1 to KR₩1,100.
Credit Cards
Diners Club, Visa, American Express and Master Card are widely accepted at major hotels, shops and restaurants in the larger cities. Check with your credit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services that may be available.
Traveler’s Check
Accepted, but may be difficult to change in smaller towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to bring Traveler's checks in US Dollars.
VISA RQUIREMENT
Passport and Visa
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 99 countries who want to visit Republic of Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest.
Official Invitation
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. But people of some countries who want to visit Republic of Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles of reciprocity or national interest. For more information, please visit the website of Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
A letter of invitation will be sent by the conference secretariat upon request to help participants to obtain a visa. However, this invitation implies no obligation, financial, visa or otherwise, by the IMID 2010 Organizing Committee.
BUSINESS HOURS
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 99 countries who want to visit Republic of Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest.
EMERGENCIES
Any foreign visitors wishing to enter the Republic of Korea must have a valid passport and obtain a Korean visa before coming. However, people of 99 countries who want to visit Republic of Korea temporarily are permitted to enter without a visa according to visa-exemption agreements or in accordance with principles reciprocity or national interest.
ELECTRICITY
Outlets for 220 volts are dominant in Republic of Korea. Always check the power supply before using your equipment.
TIPPING
Tipping is not a traditional Korean custom. A 10% service charge is added to the bill and tipping is not expected. It is also not necessary to tip a taxi driver unless extra services are provided.
For more information about Republic of Korea, Please visit the Korea National Tourism Organization.
Last Updated December 1, 2012