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  • cashclay
  • Super Waygook

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    • May 03, 2015, 03:51:12 am
    • seoul
Arc card leaving Korea
« on: August 23, 2022, 01:51:04 pm »
Has anyone taken their arc card with them and not turned it in to immigration before leaving Korea ?   I wanted to keep it as a souvenir.   Iím wondering if anyone has kept it and did they have any problems returning back to Korea ?   I plan on coming back as a tourist someday


Re: Arc card leaving Korea
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2022, 02:41:21 pm »
You're technically supposed to surrender it, but they won't always ask for it, and I haven't heard of a case where they held it against someone who decided to keep it. There's always a chance, though.

If you really want to play it safe, I know of someone who had reported their ARC as lost to immigration and paid for a new card (I think it's only 5k won for a replacement card if reported lost?), then turned in the new card when it was time to leave so that she could keep the old one as a souvenir.


  • taeyang
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    • September 08, 2010, 08:35:10 am
    • daejeon
Re: Arc card leaving Korea
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2022, 12:44:38 am »

If you really want to play it safe, I know of someone who had reported their ARC as lost to immigration and paid for a new card (I think it's only 5k won for a replacement card if reported lost?), then turned in the new card when it was time to leave so that she could keep the old one as a souvenir.

i did this exact thing.
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  • Renma
  • Super Waygook

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    • September 01, 2014, 06:09:42 am
Re: Arc card leaving Korea
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2022, 08:11:05 am »
I think my replacement was 30k when I paid it last year?

Just keep it. Airport staff aren't going to rummage through your pockets or strip search you. Nothing bad will happen.


Re: Arc card leaving Korea
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2022, 12:45:59 pm »
Heh, you guys don't know about the ARC sniffing dogs at the airport, do you? I never got why this question is so prevalent, what a non-issue to worry about.


Re: Arc card leaving Korea
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2022, 03:40:31 pm »
I mean, I know the Arc fell flat compared to Lovelace and RDNA3, but I wouldn't just dump it...