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The Joint 24th International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Pacific Rim of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP) in collaboration with the 2nd International Symposium for Infectious Diseases Research Institutes Cooperation (IDRIC)

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Disclaimer: The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

South Korea Travel Information 

South Korea Electonic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)
Ground Transportation
  • There is a complimentary shuttle from the Incheon Airport to the Grand Hyatt. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes. The pick-up and drop-off locations are listed below. For any inquiries regarding this shuttle, please contact the Guest Service Center at +82 32 745 1234.
    • Incheon International Airport: Terminal 1, Gate 3C & Terminal 2, Gate 2A.
    • Grand Hyatt West Tower Entrance.
  • Uber is available and widely used.
  • Taxis are available and generally safe. It is recommended to come to an agreed upon rate prior to arrival at the destination. Taxi drivers may not speak English, so it is a good idea to have directions written in Korean or a map available.
Lodging Options

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 112
  • Fire and Ambulance: 119
  • Medical Emergencies: 129

Currency Exchange 

  • The South Korean Won (KRW) is the official currency of South Korea.
  • 1 USD = 1330 KRW according to on 1/24/2024.


  • Tipping is not customary in Korea.
  • Restaurants: oftentimes staff will decline tips, but there may be a tip jar in western restaurants due to the large number of international travelers, so if you are inclined to tip that is the most appropriate method.
  • If you are planning to tip hotel staff, do so in an envelope and leave it with the front desk when checking out to be respectful.
  • It is wise to not insist on tipping. If a tip is offered, it must be in local currency.

           If you have any questions or technical issues please contact Annie King,