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Car Rental

Many people rent a car to drive around Jeju Island because it's more convenient, and it's not very expensive as compared with Seoul. Rental fees for compact cars normally start from 20,000 ~ 30,000 won for 24 hours during off-season or shoulder season.

  • 1. Car Rental at the Airport

    There is a service desk at Jeju airport, and if you have reserved a car, they will direct you to board their shuttle bus, which will take you to the office of the car rental company.
    Be sure to get GPS. The car company will provide you with a guide book with some coupons. If you are getting a Korean car (Kia, Hyundai, Chevrolet, GM Korea and Renault Samsung), it comes with full insurance coverage and you need to be observant when checking the condition of the car before driving off. If you are getting an imported car, be sure to check for scratches and inform the staff to so it can be recorded. The insurance coverage for imported cars is not fully comprehensive, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

    Major car rental companies
    Name Phone No. Location of counter Web site
    AVIS car rental 1544-1600
    (Service hours: 08:00~20:00)
    1st floor, at the exit
    Lotte car rental 1588-1230
    (Service hours: 09:00~19:00)
    of the waiting room
    Jeju car rental 1588-3301
    (Service hours: 07:30~22:00)
    of the domestic line arrival (Korean)
  • 2. Requirements for Renting a Car

    Driver's license, passport and credit card

    In order to rent a car in Korea, you must have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) or a valid driver's license issued in Korea. An International Driving Permit (IDP) allows citizens of a foreign country with a valid driver's license to drive while in Korea. You must obtain your IDP in the same country that issued your driver's license. Some car rental companies require both the IDP and the local driver's license (i.e., driver's license issued by the country of residence), so it is advised to check the rental requirements of the relevant companies in advance. Those with a Type 2 driver's license issued in Korea can drive a car carrying up to nine passengers, while those with a Type 1 driver's license issued in Korea can drive larger vehicles accommodating ten or more passengers. For IDP holders, the type of vehicle you are permitted to drive will depend on the classification stamped on your IDP.

    • An International Driving License will NOT be accepted. Driver must either have a valid International Driving Permit or a license issued in Korea.

    • Major categories of driver's license: Type A allows you to drive two-wheeled vehicles / Type B allows you to drive vehicles with 9 seats or less, that weight 3.5 tons or less / Type C allows you to drive freight trucks that carry more than 3.5 tons / Type D allows you to drive vehicles that can have more than 10 passengers.

    A passport is necessary for identification purposes; a copy of your passport may also be needed to complete your request. Vehicle rental fees must be paid with your own credit card.

    1. The full name listed on your International Driving Permit (IDP) and your passport must be identical. If the name differs, your driving permit will not be accepted.
    2. International Driving Permits (IDP) recognized in Korea are only those issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention or the Vienna Convention. Your IDP can be used for up to one year after entering Korea (the IDP itself is valid for one year from the date of issue).
    China is not a member state of the Geneva Convention or the Vienna Convention, but an IDP issued in Hong Kong or Macau is accepted in Korea. IDPs issued anywhere else in China do not have validity in Korea.
    Click here to check the member states of the Geneva Convention (English)
    Click here to check the member states of the Vienna Convention (English)
    • Don't forget to check in advance if the international driving permit or driver's license issued in your country has validity in Korea.
    Driver Qualifications
    The following are based on AJ Rental Car's rental requirements (most Korean car rental companies have more or less the same requirements).
    • For small or medium cars: must be 21 years or older with driving experience of at least one year.
    • For SUV/RV or a 9- to 12-seater mini bus: must be 26 years or older with driving experience of at least three years.
    • Large and premium car rental availability and requirements vary by company. It is recommended to check in advance if you plan to rent such vehicles.
    • For those not paying with a credit card, cash or debit card payments must be accompanied by a third-party guarantor in possession of a credit card.
    Additional Driver
    If a renter wishes to add an additional driver to their rental, the additional driver has to register with the rental company as well for insurance purposes. The number of additional drivers is limited to one only, and this person is required to visit any of the service branches available and precede the confirmation process, which will be free of charge.
    Baseline rates for car rentals nearly always include the basic general insurance. However, the risk of damage to or theft of the car is not included in the coverage. Instead, renters can arrange for this independently or purchase an optional insurance or protection plan from the rental company. Any damages to the vehicle will be covered by the insurance policy, but the renter will still be contractually liable to compensate the rental company for the loss of use (unavailability of a rental car and consequent loss of revenue by the rental company due to damage or theft). A per-day loss-of-use charge will be 50% of the car's daily rental fee. For instance, if a damaged vehicle with a daily rental rate of 50,000 won took three days to repair (50,000 x 3 = 150,000), the renter has to pay a 75,000 won (50% of 150,000) loss-of-use fee.
    Rental Procedure
    • 1) Make an inquiry and consultation at the rental car company
    • 2) Together with the rental company's staff, inspect the car's condition and the amount of fuel before signing the car rental agreement (please check carefully for any pre-damage to the car before rental)
    • 3) Use the rental car
    • 4) Together with the rental company's staff, inspect the car's condition and the amount of fuel at the end of your rental period

    • [Requirements for Renting a Car] is based on Korea Tourism Organization’s introduction.

Last update: April 2018

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