Is it possible to carry it on plane? Or not? BEST 5 Confusing Items

“This item is prohibited on the plane”

Have you ever been on your way to an airplane with such a big heart that you accidentally took a bottle of water or cosmetics in your carry-on luggage and threw them away at security checkpoints? You may have experienced a delay in your boarding process by carrying liquid foods that are prohibited from being carried on the plane.

It is easy to imagine that all kinds of dangerous items, such as weapons and flammable materials, could threaten aviation safety. However, as in the above case, daily items are often difficult to discern.

What is okay, and what is not! We will sort out the confusion!

Seems okay, but no, these are ‘prohibited’ items

#1 Water/Beverage

You can easily find a bottle of water in the trash can in front of the security check box, which shows the regulations for bringing in liquids are the most confusing! If liquids such as water and beverage are above 100ml, they cannot be brought in. Because in the past terrorists carried bombs disguised as water containers, people have been unable to bring bottles containing water or liquids into the plane. One thing to keep in mind is that even if the contents are below 100ml, but the ‘size of the container’ is over 100ml, it is prohibited. If the capacity is not marked, it cannot be brought in, too.

If you want to bring water on board the plane, buy water after you go through security. Passengers with infants may carry more than 100ml of baby food or beverages.

#2 Wet Tissue

Did you know that wet tissues are not allowed on board? Wet tissue is considered as a liquid, gel, and spray-type regulation applied item, so in-flight entry is restricted. Ten or so sheets of portable wet tissues are permitted, but you can’t bring in a lot of sheets. Please be aware that only one 1L size transparent plastic zip bag of less than 100ml can be brought in per person! However, only when accompanied by an infant, the proper capacity for the flight journey is allowed without a zip bag. It would be best to check with the airline before you leave.

#3 Liquid Jelly

The konjac jelly, one of the things that people who travel to Japan often buy, has been designated as a prohibited item at customs. Due to the risk of suffocation, konjac jelly in a cup-shaped container is not allowed to pass through. Tube type (pouch type) is permitted instead of cup shaped container. It’s liquid, so it can’t be carried in the plane, but it can be carried in your check-in luggage. However, animal gelatin jelly (My Gummy, Haribo jelly, etc.) is not restricted to carry on board as candy.

#4 Medicine and medical supplies bought at pharmacy/store

For medicines needed during the flight, special nutritional supplements, and personal medicines, relevant certificates, such as and doctor’s prescriptions, should be presented to the security search personnel. In-flight entry without a doctor’s prescription is not permitted because it is not possible to determine whether a drug purchased at a pharmacy or store is required.

#5 Toy gun/knife/slime

Family travelers accompanied by children often carry soap bubble guns, toy knives, etc. for their children. You may think toys are harmless, but they are surprisingly prohibited, and in some cases additional investigation may take place, so please be careful! Children’s playful slime, a sticky liquid monster, is also classified as a liquid and prohibited from being brought in.

Seems forbidden, but unexpectedly ‘allowed to carry’ items

#1 nail nipper/ nail clipper

There are often people who spend their free flying hours doing their nails. Nail nippers and nail clippers seem forbidden since they are sharp, but they can be brought in unexpectedly (but not MacGyver knives or clippers with built-in blades).

#2 lighter

You can carry one lighter per person for some reason, even though it seems forbidden. You must bring your lighter on board because it is forbidden in your check-in luggage. (If you leave for China, however, you will not be allowed to carry and consign a lighter!)

No as luggage on consignment, ‘Must carry on board’ items

#1 Supplementary Battery

Supplementary battery, which is an item that you often pack, is absolutely forbidden as a check-in luggage. This is an item that must be carried on board. However, typically less than 160Wh is allowed, and above that requires separate approval from the airline.

#2 Portable Fan

Portable fans also include batteries, so you must carry them on board, not as check-in luggage.

#3 E-cigarette

E-cigarettes are prohibited from bringing in check-in luggage because of the risk of fire. It’s something you must carry on board. In addition, there is a risk of liquid leakage in the case of e-cigarettes due to differences in air pressure on the plane. Be sure to empty the liquid inside the e-cigarette device.

Items allowed on plane & items prohibited on plane

For your information, the items prohibited on plane and luggage regulations vary by country and airline. Also, these regulations change depending on the situation. When you go abroad, be sure to check the regulations of your country and the airline.

For items prohibited on plane, get more vivid on Incheon Airport TV!

What carrier size is allowed as carry-on luggage?

The total sum of the three sides of the carrier must be within 115 cm. The in-flight carriers on the market are often 40cm wide, 20cm long, and 55cm high. Normally, you need to prepare a size of 21 inches or less for in-flight entry. The weight of in-flight luggage varies from 12kg to 7kg depending on the airline, so please check your airline regulations before boarding!

More convenient search at Aviation Security Voluntary Reporting System!

We introduced some typical prohibited items above, and for more information, you can check out the Korea Transportation Safety Authority Aviation Security Voluntary Reporting System website (

You can search in Korean/English language for prohibited items on the ‘Items prohibited on plane (including dangerous items)’ tab on the above screen. If you’re preparing your in-flight luggage before traveling abroad, search first to see if you can bring in what you’re carrying! You can avoid any inconvenience caused by the security check.

Introducing items prohibited on plane storage and delivery services!

Oh, did you just find out that items prohibited onboard were in your bag at the security check? You tried to get back to the airline counter and check them in, but did you have to trash them because you ran out of time? You don’t have to panic anymore.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon Airport are offering storage and delivery services of items prohibited on plane for your comfort. When you get caught, you’ll arrive at the reception desk for prohibited items under the guidance of an employee. Just follow the instructions and fill out your storage card, and then come back safely. It’s really simple, isn’t it?

You can pick up your items at the airport after your return. Of course, they could be sent home by delivery service. Don’t forget that the service fee will be charged, and items you have not picked up in a month will be donated to social welfare organizations.


If you don’t feel like paying for it, or if you don’t think the item is worth much, you can dispose of it right away, so please use it according to your situation.

So far, we have found out about items prohibited on plane.

If you check before traveling, you can go through security check faster, right?

Let’s work together for a safe in-flight environment and a comfortable trip.

Incheon Airport is cheering for your ‘joyful trip from the start’ today as well!

Smart Shopping with ‘Tax Refund’ at Incheon Airport

All products include taxes on residents, the value added taxes(VAT). Since foreign travelers are going back home, they can get these VAT back. These services are called Tax Refund.

There are about 34 countries around the world that offer tax refund. Not all countries offer this service! There are countries that offer this service only in some areas, such as Texas & Louisiana of U.S, and Beijing and Shanghai of China. Since Korea refunds 10% VAT included in the goods, it is a must-have benefit for foreigners who travel to Korea.

In this posting, we will introduce you to the conditions and methods of tax refund in Korea, especially at Incheon Airport where you can take care of them all at once after the trip!

Are there necessary conditions of Tax Refund?

Not everyone can get Tax Refund Service. You need a qualification to get it. Since it is a service that deducts domestic taxes, qualifications are checked thoroughly. There are various standards depending on the length of stay, store and item.

■ Length of Stay

Not everyone can get the service just because they are foreigners. If you are a foreign tourist, your stay in Korea must be within six months. If you are a Korean-American, you must have lived abroad for more than two years, and your stay in Korea should be within three months.

■ Store

Only items purchased at the Tax Refund affiliated stores can be refunded. You can get a tax refund only if the stores have the logo below, so make sure to check before purchase. Tax refund requests are prohibited at stores without logos!

■ Item

Tax refund is only available for items you could carry with when leaving the country. In addition, goods purchased should be unopened and unused, and must be shipped from Korea within three months of purchase.

Also, it’s only possible if the purchase price is over 30,000 won. Many countries offer an average purchase price of 70,000 won or more, compared to them it is an attractive standard.

Just like Taiwan, there are some countries you have to shop everything at once on the last day since you can only get a refund on the amount you buy at the same store on the same day. In Korea, however, all items purchased ‘with more than 30,000 won per receipt within the travel period’ are possible! You can receive tax refund without much difficulty in Korea! Isn’t it really comfortable?

From purchase to departure! How to get Tax Refund

If you qualified the condtions, you must be curious of how to actually receive tax refund. Just keep in mind three steps for tax refund!

Step 1. Shopping at the tax refund affiliated store

If you shopped excitedly at a store with a Tax Refund affiliated logo, that’s not the end!


You must show your passport to the clerk after purchasing the item and ask for the issuance of the tax refund document. And you must keep the refund documents and the purchase receipt until you leave the country. You have to submit the documents when you leave the country, because you can’t get a refund without the evidence.

Step 2. Checking carry-out when leaving the country

What if it’s time to leave the country after a pleasant trip? You have to submit carry-out report at Incheon Airport with your refund items. It’s good to get there early in case the airport gets crowded!

To submit carry-out report, you must check in and get your boarding pass. At then, items and related documents to apply for a tax refund must be carried without being checked as luggage. Submit your passport, purchase items, and receipt to the customs declaration desk and receive a stamp confirming carry-out on the VAT refund document!

Oh, you want to check in your items as checked luggage because it’s too big? Don’t worry! In that case, please inform the staff that there are items to be refunded in your luggage when you check in. Then they will tag your luggage and return it to you so you can get a customs declaration! Take the luggage and visit the customs declaration desk. Once you’ve received the customs seal, place it on the large luggage conveyor belt next to you and you’re done! It’s not so hard, right?

Step 3. Receiving Tax Refund

Once you have finished your customs declaration, the much-awaited moment of refund is finally here. Usually, you can get a VAT refund by visiting the Tax Refund window and submitting a document stamped with customs seal!

At Incheon Airport, you can get a tax refund at the window or by using an automated device. We’ll tell you the location of the windows and automated devices by terminal, so receive a tax refund conveniently at Incheon Airport!

Window? Automated Device? Incheon Airport Tax Refund at Your Comfort

■ Receiving Tax Refund at window

At the window, you can simply submit a VAT refund document with a customs seal to the employee. But there may be a short time before boarding the plane, and there may be people arriving outside window business hours. Then, please use the Refund Box installed in the window!

Please submit the relevant documents in the box. After a certain period of time, the refund amount will be deposited into a postal money order or credit card-linked account, so you can go back to your home country and check it out.

Tax Refund Window

■ Receiving Tax Refund using Automated Devices

If you are tired of talking directly to a window, or if the window is closed, try the automated device installed next to the window.

If you recognize your passport and scan the barcode on the receipt on the automated device, you will be refunded according to the details already approved. If you have a large refund or do not want to receive in cash, you can also receive it with credit card-linked account.

Tax Refund Automated Device

Shopping at the traveling site is another must-have pleasure.


Did you buy your own souvenirs to cherish your memories or gifts for your family, friends and lovers?

Don’t miss out on tax rebates at Incheon Airport before leaving the country, and hope you have a great trip to the end.

COVID-19 Emergency! The ‘Special Entry Procedure’ will be implemented for all arrivals of Airport regardless of nationality

As the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared ‘pandemic’ which is the highest risk level of the epidemic alert phase, nations around the world are making efforts to operate more systematic quarantine systems.

Incheon Airport has been implementing ‘Special Entry Procedure’ since February 4th. This procedure, originally intended for passengers from Asia and parts of Europe, will be extended to all countries from midnight, March 19, because of the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

What is Special Entry Procedure?

This refers to a system in which visitors receive health status questionnaire from the entry stage, check their residence and contact information, and monitor their health conditions for 14 days after entering the country.

Extending subject of Special Entry Procedure to ‘all countries’

There is a growing need to block the flow of passengers from abroad because recently among those passengers, some of them are confirmed as COVID-19 patients. In particular, with the number of confirmed cases in Europe as well as in the U.S. and Asia increases rapidly, the special entry procedure, which was only for some of the previous arrivals, will be extended to all countries from midnight, March 19.



China(2.4~), Hong Kong·Macau(2.12~)

Japan(3.9~), Italy/Iran(3.12~)


Entire Europe(3.16~)

All countries

How to proceed with the Special Entry Procedure

Upon arrival at Incheon Airport, both Koreans and foreigners have to fill out health status questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration.

  • The Health Status Questionnaire should include whether or not you have experienced fever, cough, etc. symptoms in the past 21 days, personal information and the country you visited in the past 21 days.
  • The Travel Record Declaration must reveal the address to stay in Korea, the mobile phone number to contact, and whether you have visited or stopped in Hubei Province, China within the last 14 days.

As the special entry procedure begins, the arrival hall will also be guided to a dedicated arrival hall (A and F). The detailed step-by-step procedures are shown below.

In other words, all passengers on special entry procedure must check whether they have a fever or not before entering the country and check the address of their residence in Korea and the contact information available for them to enter the country. After entering Korea, you must submit symptoms for 14 days via the mobile self-diagnosis app.

Any Korean or foreigner with symptoms will be isolated at the Central Quarantine Medical Support Center located within Incheon Airport and checked for confirmation first. If a foreigner is confirmed, he/she will be denied entry and must return home. Since Koreans and registered foreigners are not denied entry, they will be isolated at a state-designated isolation hospital upon confirmation.

It may be a bit cumbersome, but it’s a must-have measure to protect passengers and prevent the spread of infections to communities! We ask for your cooperation for special entry procedure to proceed smoothly to completely eradicate COVID-19.

Another specialty, unique ‘COVID-19 response method’ of Incheon Airport

Meanwhile, Incheon Airport, which advocates COVID-19 Free Airport, is making utmost efforts to prevent COVID-19, including a three-stage fever check for those who leave the country. From arriving at the airport to boarding an airplane, Incheon Airport is currently conducting fever check using thermal image cameras and a thermometer in three stages: 1) Entering Terminal → 2) Departure Area → 3) Boarding Gate.

Thorough quarantine and disinfection are the basics of the basics!

The airport’s major facilities are carefully quarantined at least three times a day, as well as placing hand sanitizer in check-in counters, food and beverage stores, to make passenger convenience and safety the top priority. Check out the COVID-19 Free Airport and the video below!

Incheon Airport is ‘COVID-19 Free Airport’!

Ordinary days full of eating delicious food,

spending time with friends,

and traveling around

These days, people hope for their ordinary daily life to come back as soon as possible

For that day, Incheon Airport is making efforts today as well. This is why the airport is becoming more thorough to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and to protect the healthy daily lives of passengers and staffs.

Recently, Incheon Airport has come to declare its commitment to realize ‘COVID-19 Free Airport’ by establishing a close quarantine system in the process of leaving and entering the country. Instead of just declaring it, the airport has quickly introduced a countermeasure since March 9th.

Let’s find out about changes in progress!

Blocking Corona’s take-off completely!

Passing ‘3 levels’ of temperature check is mandatory to leave the country!​

One of the major symptoms of COVID-19 is ‘fever’.

For all passengers leaving the country, from arrival to the airport to boarding the aircraft, Incheon Airport is conducting a temperature check using thermal imaging cameras and thermometers in total 3 levels: 1) at Terminal entrance → 2) at Departure floor → 3) at Boarding Gate

Level 1 – Terminal Entrance

The terminal is crowded with people who want to check in and enjoy various services at the airport. The first temperature check is carried out from the entrance to the airport terminal using thermal imaging cameras.

If your body temperature is confirmed to be above 37.5°C, you will be instructed to undergo basic epidemiological tests at the quarantine inspection room installed in the airport.