Your first port of arrival into the Republic of Korea will be at the Incheon International Airport, located approximately 50km west of 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.
After securing your baggage and processing through customs behind baggage carousel #3 or #28 you will want to report to the USFK Joint Reception Desk near Terminal exit #14. There you will be taken by bus to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul to in-process and report to your final duty station. DO NOT TAKE A TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT! Taking a taxi from the airport can run in the hundreds of dollars, while the USFK bus is free. Below are more specific details for you to breeze through the arrival process and be on your way to your duty station.
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 to clear Immigration:
- 1. A copy of your Assignment Orders - PCS Travelers Only
- 2. TDY travel authorization - TDY Travelers Only
- 3. Signed/Valid Leave Form - Ordinary Leave Travelers Only
- 4. Valid Military ID Card
- 5. Korean Arrival Card - Completely filled out (Passport # = SSN, Occupation = MIL, Purpose of Visit - Business, Address in Korea - 1RC, Camp Coiner
Civilian Personnel (DoD Civilians/Family on PCS/Leave/TDY) will need the following items to clear Immigration:
- 1. Valid Passport
- 2. Korean Arrival Card - Completely filled out
After Landing and Disembarking the Aircraft / Korean Immigration
After disembarking from the aircraft, follow the signs towards Immigration. Once you arrive at the Immigration area, stand in a line for Non-Korean Citizens. Ensure that you have all of the above documentation completed and readily available. Remove any hats and/or sunglasses you may be wearing. Provide the Immigration Officer with the following items:
- 1. Military ID Card or Passport for Dependents/Civilians
- 2. PCS Orders (completed unfolded) or other travel documents, if not traveling in a PCS status.
- 3. 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 luggage.
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 throughout the airport. 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 luggage.
Do NOT proceed through the Korean Customs station. Instead, head to the USFK Customs inspections area. (Behind baggage carousel #3 and #28)
Complete the USFK Customs declaration. At this time you also need to declare any items that are in your Unaccompanied Baggage and/or Household Goods shipments. Your baggage may be inspected by the Customs Officers. Please remember to be courteous, as they are doing their job to keep you safe.
**This is mandatory for all PCS personnel and is a requirement under the USFK Status of Forces Agreement with Korea**
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 attendant personnel at the desk and swipe your DoD/Military ID card at the Self-Service Arrival Kiosk (PCS Personnel Only). The Kiosk will provide you with useful information about your first night in Korea. Wait in the lounge area for the next available bus to USAG Yongsan. All Army PCS Personnel will spend their first night in Yongsan.
If you encounter any difficulty while navigating the airport, seek assistance at the Airport Information Desks where personnel have maps and can guide you on your way.
Bus transportation to Yongsan is free on either the Dragon Hill Lodge bus or the 1RC bus. Buses to Osan AFB and Kunsan AFB are available for a nominal fee (see below).
Do NOT, under any circumstances take a Korean taxi or other transportation from Incheon International Airport unless it has been cleared through the USFK Joint Reception desk first. Korean taxis can run into the hundreds of dollars for travel to U.S. installations, but they will only drop you off at the gate because they are not authorized entry onto U.S. 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 they begin in-processing at the Soldier Support Center the following day.
Osan Air Base and Kunsan Air Base personnel will utilize the Osan Services bus or the Wolfpack Wheels for onward transportation to their respective installations. Inbound personnel stationed at Osan or Kunsan will be met by their sponsors at the bus terminal.
|Incheon Airport to Yongsan (1st Replacement Company) -- No Cost|
|Leave||Incheon - Exit 14A||0700||1700||1900||2030||2230*|
|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|
|This service is provided seven days a week. |
NOTE: A taxi trip to Osan AFB 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|
|This service is provided seven days a week. |
NOTE: A taxi trip to Kunsan AFB from Incheon International Airport could cost as much as $200 one-way
Kunsan Air Base Newcomers Information Page