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Has anyone ever had to pay a duty/tax at the airport?

 
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The Hammer



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Ullungdo 37.5 N, 130.9 E, altitude : 223 m

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 12:29 pm    Post subject: Has anyone ever had to pay a duty/tax at the airport? Reply with quote

Has anyone ever had to pay a duty/tax at the Incheon airport upon arrival?

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thinker



Joined: 10 Feb 2003

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 1:42 pm    Post subject: YES~ Reply with quote

Confused i think it was 5000 upon arrival to go to busan, then 8000? when leaving the country> > >
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mokpochica



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 9:05 pm    Post subject: Airport tax for *departure* Reply with quote

Until I came in September I had always had to pay a tax in Incheon airport upon departure, but never arrival. You had to buy a little ticket from the office where they do money exchange. It was 15,000 won a person for foreigners leaving Korea. I think it cost even more for Koreans. (At Kimpo--when it was international--it used to be 9,000 won I believe). I think it must have caused a lot of problems and confusion for people because many are used to paying the tax along with the price of the ticket in other countries. One time one of my friends saw a young mother with her baby who was unable toboard her plane home, having spent all her Korean money and with nothing to pay for that tax.

Anyway, when I left Korean in December ('02) and then again in February ('03) I didn't have to pay that tax. I even asked about it. They seem to be including it in the price of tickets now.
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The Hammer



Joined: 18 Jan 2003
Location: Ullungdo 37.5 N, 130.9 E, altitude : 223 m

PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2003 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I should have been more specific.

I am coming back to Korea with a lot of consumer goods. Has anyone ever had to pay a duty/tax on consumer goods?

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Anda



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2003 5:33 pm    Post subject: Um Reply with quote

Yes but it's rare. They made me pay for bringing in about 140 videos from Australia but I had that much stuff with me that it was a joke. I paid about $900 U.S. just for excess baguage.
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