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Moving To South Korea From The UK

Moving to South Korea

If you’re moving to South Korea, Britannia will be able to help you through each stage of the process. Whether you’re moving to one of the big cities like Seoul or Busan, or the more rural areas we have all the local knowledge to meet your needs and requirements.


Importing Personal Effects to South Korea

South Korea in general allows duty free import of effects within 6 months of the owner’s arrival. However, certain items are dutiable including but not restricted to new goods, electrical items owned less than 6 months, cars and second quantities of items such as TVs, golf clubs etc. Your local Britannia Member will be able to provide you with up to date details of these items. All shipments are subject to open customs inspection, and the owner must be in the country prior to arrival of the effects.


Prohibitions and Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

  • Firearms & ammunition
  • Inflammable goods & substances
  • Plants & plant material
  • Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
  • Narcotics and dangerous goods
  • Offensive materials
  • Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit Times

Exclusive containers take on average 6-7 weeks door to door. Less than container loads will take around 8-10weeks.

Bar Coding

Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.


Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.

Find out more about pet transport.


Importing Motor Vehicles to South Korea

Importation of motor vehicles to South Korea will be subject to compliance, it is probable that duty and tax will apply.

International currency exchange

International FX

When you are making international payments for individuals you can benefit from IFX expertise in seeking the best possible rate, whether you are sending or receiving foreign currency.

IFX can help to protect you from exchange rate fluctuations and save you time and money on international payments.

IFX offers :

  • International payments
  • Regular Overseas Transfers
  • Prepaid Currency Card
  • Forward Contracts

More info on the IFX website.

Moving to South Korea with Britannia

Your Move to South Korea With Britannia – Britannia has a dedicated network of removers who will assist you with moving to South Korea. We provide computer tracking and bar coding for groupage consignments, to ensure a safe and reliable shipping service to South Korea. Your household goods can be transported to South Korea by land, in sea containers or by air. We can also provide packing and a full door to door service to South Korea.

Additional removal services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional services when moving to South Korea. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.

Living in South Korea

South Korea has a population of around 50 million, of which 10 million live in the capital city, Seoul. The nation’s economy is the 14th largest in the world and South Korea is the 6th largest exporter of goods around the world. During the international financial crisis of the late 2000s South Korea was one of the few developed nations not to slip into recession.

Although much of South Korean culture is heavily influenced by neighbouring China the government aims to help harvest long-standing cultures by investing in programmes for traditional arts.

Taekwondo originated in South Korea and is still very popular today. However football is the most popular sport in the country and baseball is also popular.

Korean food is largely based around rice, noodles, tofu, vegetables, fish and meats. Soups are very common in South Korea and accompany most meals along with steam cooked rice. There are strong regional differences in the food found in different areas across South Korea so depending on where you are a typical menu can vary significantly.

Interesting facts about South Korea

  • It’s not uncommon for restaurants, bars and shops to stay open till past 11pm or later.
  • The number ‘4’ is considered to be extremely unlucky in South Korea. Many locals are so superstitious about the number that most buildings don’t actually have a fourth floor.
  • Writing someone’s name in red ink is considered to be very bad form by most South Koreans as it symbolises that the person is going to die or is already dead.
  • The border between South Korea and North Korea is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. The two countries are technically still at war as they have never signed an official peace treaty since fighting broke out in the 1950s.
  • South Korea’s educational system is one of the most advanced in the world and the country was the first in the world to introduce fibre optic broadband to each of its primary schools.

Tips for moving and living in South Korea

  • A large part of South Korea’s economy is based around tech industries so a lot of specialists flock to the country searching employment. The country is also home to a number of large nuclear companies that produce power systems which are exported around the world. These power companies provide many Koreans and foreigners with employment.
  • South Korean schools are among the best in the world and are fitted with exceptional learning facilities. The South Korean government views education as a source of financial and social success. As a result it’s not uncommon for South Korean parents to become incredibly competitive about their children’s performance at school. The South Korean government is increasing the number of scholarships offered to foreign students. In the last few years this has made it easier for students from different countries to enrol.

Key Information

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Time Zone:

Korea Standard Time (UTC+9) - Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+9)

Currency: South Korean won (â‚©) (KRW)
Calling Code: 82


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