Welcome to the Republic of Korea

Your first port of arrival into Korea will be a the Incheon International Airport, located approximately 50km from Seoul.

U.S. based air carriers (United and Northwest Airlines) arrive primarily through gates 30-50.

Korea based air carriers (Asiana and Korean Air / code-share flights with United and Delta Airlines) arrive primarily through gates 1-26.

Pre-Arrival Preparation (On board the aircraft, prior to landing).

  • Prepare all arrival documents to speed processing through Korean Immigration.
  • Military Personnel (PCS/TDY/Leave) will need the following items in order to clear Korean Immigration:
  • A copy of your Assignment Orders - PCS Travelers Only
  • TDY travel authorization - TDY Travelers Only
  • Signed/Valid Leave Form - Ordinary Leave Travelers Only
  • Valid Military ID Card
  • Korean Arrival Card - Completely filled out (Passport # = SSN, Occupation = MIL, Purpose of Visit - Business, Address in Korea - 1RC, Camp Coiner
  • Civilian Personnel (DoD Civilians on PCS/Leave/TDY or Family Members) will need the following to clear Korean Immigration:
  • Valid Passport
  • Korean Arrival Card - Completely filled out.

After Landing and Disembarking the Aircraft / Korean Immigraiton.

  • Upon leaving the aircraft, following the signs towards Immigration.
  • Once at the Immigration area, stand in a line for Non-Korean Citizen. Ensure that you have the above documentation completed and available.
  • Remove any hats and/or sunglasses you may be wearing.
  • Provide the Immigration Officer with the following items:
    • Military ID Card or Passport for Dependants/Civilians
    • PCS Orders (completed unfolded) or other travel documents, if not traveling in a PCS status.
    • Completed Korean Arrival Card.
  • The Immigration officer will return your Military ID/Passport and PCS Orders/Travel Documents.
  • The Passport, if used, will be stamped with a 30 day tourist visa, unless an A-3 visa already exists.
  • Upon clearing Korean Immigration, note the location of the baggage claim area for your flight on the boards immediately following Immigration. Proceed down the stairs to the baggage carousel for your flight to retrieve your baggage.

Baggage Claim / Customs Inspection

  • In most cases you will have processed through Immigration before your baggage has made it into the baggage claim area.
  • Acquire a wheeled baggage cart (free for use within the airport) to easily transport your baggage through the aiport.
  • While waiting for your baggage you may be approached by USFK Customs Officers and/or USFK Reception personnel directing you to the appropriate USFK Customs inspection station after you have retrieved your baggage.
  • Do NOT proceed through the Korean Customs station. Instead, head to the USFK Customs inspections area.
    • For code-share flights, this will be beind baggage carousel #3.
    • For US based carriers, this will be directly behind baggage carousel #28.
  • Complete the USFK Customs declaration. You are also declaring any items that are in your Unacompanied Baggage and/or Household Goods shipments.
  • This is mandatory for all PCS personnel and is a requirement under the USFK Status of Forces Agreement with Korea.
  • Your baggage may be inspected by the Customs Officers. Please remember to be courteous, as they are doing their job to keep you safe.

Arrival Hall / Transportation

  • After clearing USFK Customs, proceed into the arrival hall. You will be exiting through either Arrival Gates A-B (for code-share flights) or Arrival Gates E-F (for US flights).
  • Proceed through the arrival hall to the far right end. You are looking for the USFK Joint Reception Desk near Terminal Exit 14.
  • At the USFK Joint Reception Desk, report to the Military personnel at the desk and swipe your Military ID card at the Self-Service Arrival Kiosk (PCS Personnel Only). The Kiosk will provide your with useful information about your first night in Korea as well as identify your unit of assignment in Korea.
  • Wait in the lounge area for the next available bus to Yongsan, Osan or Kunsan. All Army PCS Personnel will spend their first night in Yongsan.

If you encounter any difficulty in navigating the airport, seek the assistance at the Airport Information Desks where personnel have maps and can guide you through. Additionally, stationed at all of the Arrival Hall exists from the baggage claims/customs area are USFK Reception Personnel (Koreans wearing suits with a USFK Reception badge, as shown to the right).

Bus transportation to Yongsan is free on either the Dragon Hill Lodge bus or the 1RC bus. Buses to Osan AB and Kunsan AB are available for a nominal fee (see below).

Do NOT, under any circumstances take a Korean taxi or other transportation from Incheon International Aircraft unless it has been cleared through the USFK Joint Reception desk first. Korean taxis can run into the hundreds of dollars for travel to US installations, but they will only drop you off at the gate as they are not authorized entry into any US Military installation in Korea.

Army personnel will be billeted for their first night at the Dragon Hill Lodge, or a local hotel in the greater Yongsan area before beginning in-processing at the Soldier Support Center the following day.

Osan AB and Kunsan AB personnel will utilize the Osan Services bus or the Wolfpack Wheels for onward transportation to those installations. Inbound personnel will be meet by their sponsors at the bus terminal for those installations.

Bus Schedules:

Yongsan Garrison

Incheon Airport to Yongsan (1st Replacement Company) -- No Cost
Leave Incheon - Exit 14A 0700 1700 1900 2030 2230*
Arrive 1RC (Yongsan) 0810 1810 2010 2210 2310

This service is provided seven days a week, the buses are only available from Incheon to 1RC (Soldier Support Center).
* Bus departs after the last flight of the evening has cleared customs.
** First priority for seating on the 1RC Bus is PCS Army personnel. Other ID card holders may ride on a space available basis

Incheon Airport to Yongsan (Dragon Hill Lodge) -- No Cost
Leave  Incheon - Exit 14A 0742 0922 1132 2302
Arrive Dragon Hill Lodge (Yongsan) 0850 1030 1235 2355

This service is provided seven days a week. The buses run to the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison.
** First priority is two personnel on official business (TDY/PCS), then off-duty active duty military/DoD civilians, then Reserve/National Guard members, then dependents of active duty (when traveling separate) and finally retirees.

Osan Air Base

Incheon Airport to Osan Air Base -- $20.00 per person
Leave  Incheon - Exit 14A 0830 1000 1430 1600 1830 2000 2230
Arrive Osan AB 1030 1200 1630 1800 2030 2200 0030

This service is provided seven days a week.

NOTE: A taxi trip to Osan AB from Incheon International Airport could cost as much as $100 one-way

Osan Air Base Newcomers Information Page

Kunsan Air Base

Incheon Airport to Kunsan Air Base -- $25.00 per person (E-4 and below), $27.50 for E-5 and above [$51.50 for PCS/TDY travel]
Leave  Incheon - Exit 14A 0830 1930 2330  
Arrive Kunsan AB 1330 0030 0430  

This service is provided seven days a week.

NOTE: A taxi trip to Kunsan AB from Incheon International Airport could cost as much as $200 one-way

Kunsan Air Base Newcomers Information Page