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  • Nokcha
  • Super Waygook

    • 293

    • August 22, 2012, 02:37:27 pm
    • Seoul
Smart Entry going through immigration
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:12:52 pm »
I don't think this information has been updated.

A friend just went to the mini immigration office at Seoul Station to apply for the Smart Entry program so that she could use the immigration kiosks when she returns to Korea from abroad. She was informed that ALL ARC holders no longer have to sign up. They are automatically registered into the program.

Nice to know!


  • Savant
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1894

    • April 07, 2012, 11:35:31 pm
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 02:45:54 pm »
This is something that I can cheer Korea for.


  • waygo0k
  • The Legend

    • 3716

    • September 27, 2011, 11:51:01 am
    • Chungnam
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 05:26:29 pm »
This happened right after Chuseok. Pleasantly surprised at the gesture.

At the other end, Korean passport holders will be able to use the UKs automated immigration entry/exit system from summer this year.


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1195

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2019, 08:18:53 am »
This happened right after Chuseok. Pleasantly surprised at the gesture.

At the other end, Korean passport holders will be able to use the UKs automated immigration entry/exit system from summer this year.

In NZ, Korean passport holders should be able to do it from this month or Feb sometime.
And NZ is getting a perk to get through immi faster too. (I can't remember if Incheon has the automated ones, they didn't last time I flew in there).


Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 08:44:51 am »
What does this smart entry kiosk entail? Can we go through a faster line than waiting for 1hr in like to go through customs?


  • OnNut81
  • Expert Waygook

    • 723

    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
    • Anyang
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 08:50:05 am »
What does this smart entry kiosk entail? Can we go through a faster line than waiting for 1hr in like to go through customs?

Yes, you just scan your passport, look into the camera and put your fingers on a scanner.  Then you get to bypass the long lines on arrival.  You pass them on departure also, but those are never as long. 


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1195

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 08:52:09 am »
What does this smart entry kiosk entail? Can we go through a faster line than waiting for 1hr in like to go through customs?

Think of it like the self serve registers in a supermarket.
You scan you passport, then you go through the little gate, get your photo taken, fingerprints scanned, then you are done.
Takes like 2 minutes, no dealing with an immi worker, and there is almost never a line; and when there is, you aren't waiting very long.


Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2019, 09:02:25 am »
Thanks for the info! I will use this next month for sure. Those lines can be dreadful...


Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2019, 09:28:31 am »
Do we need to go get our initial photo taken and fingerprints scanned at the airport? Or is that already in the system and we can just go through the smart entry kiosk??


  • zola
  • The Legend

    • 2601

    • September 30, 2012, 06:56:11 am
    • Korea
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2019, 09:30:39 am »
This is great news. I travelled during the summer and coming back into Incheon had my longest wait ever. I think like 5 charter planes of Chinese tourists arrived at the same time. It was 1.5-2 hours wait.

Kpip! - Martin 2018


  • Savant
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1894

    • April 07, 2012, 11:35:31 pm
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2019, 10:09:11 am »
This is great news. I travelled during the summer and coming back into Incheon had my longest wait ever. I think like 5 charter planes of Chinese tourists arrived at the same time. It was 1.5-2 hours wait.

It is bliss to be able to stroll past the Chinese hordes.


  • JNM
  • The Legend

    • 3821

    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2019, 10:24:47 am »
Do we need to go get our initial photo taken and fingerprints scanned at the airport? Or is that already in the system and we can just go through the smart entry kiosk??

You used to need to register separately, but now your details are already in the system if you have an ARC.


Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2019, 11:04:49 am »
Do we need to go get our initial photo taken and fingerprints scanned at the airport? Or is that already in the system and we can just go through the smart entry kiosk??

You used to need to register separately, but now your details are already in the system if you have an ARC.

So any of the smart kios machines would work when I go through?


  • tori_bird
  • Veteran

    • 109

    • August 29, 2012, 10:33:03 am
    • South Korea
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2019, 11:05:09 am »
Where are the kiosks in the airport for arrivals and departures?


  • OnNut81
  • Expert Waygook

    • 723

    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
    • Anyang
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2019, 11:09:00 am »
They are right there in the arrivals and departures area.  You'll have the desks with the immigration officers and then the smart entry kiosks next to them.  You can't miss them. 


  • Nokcha
  • Super Waygook

    • 293

    • August 22, 2012, 02:37:27 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Smart Entry going through immigration
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2019, 12:42:05 pm »
There are signs that note Smart Entry. Also, every time I've waited in line, a nice Korean person tapped me on the shoulder indicating I was in the wrong line assuming I needed to be in the Foreigner line. Don't be confused if someone tries to help you out...:)