A friend of mine misplaced his passport while staying in Jeju island. Normally I would advise him to just travel to Seoul, get an emergency passport from his embassy and fly back home without issues, but I know that Jeju island has a special immigration regime.

Are there any immigration checks on the way from Jeju island to Seoul? If not, can one travel that route without a passport?

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You need an ID for domestic flights. They need an ID to pass through security, and those who are not authorized to visit the mainland will be turned back (at Security or check-in).

Accepted IDs: (source, Korean)

  1. Passport
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Alien Registration Card
  4. Korean Permanent Resident Card
  5. ID for US Army in Korea
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    If IDP works then that's fine :) – JonathanReez Aug 11 at 2:42
  • Wouldn't it depend on whether they would need a visa (but didn't for Jeju)? – Giorgio Aug 11 at 16:03
  • @Giorgio Uhm yes, I am assuming they have right to enter the mainland - otherwise, they can't pass thru the security anyway. – revi Aug 11 at 17:18
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    That's what I mean: there are nationals who can visit Jeju visa free, but require a visa for the Republic of Korea. You could note that in your answer. – Giorgio Aug 11 at 17:25
  • Nice catch! Thanks. – revi Aug 11 at 17:28

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