What is the most efficient and convenient way to get around Jeju Island, or Jeju, in Korea? Of course, by renting a car and driving.
It’s one of the most convenient ways to get around Jeju Island without going through the hassle of using a public transportation. Plus, renting a car is affordable than hiring a private car and a driver.
For foreign travelers who want to rent a car in Jeju Island, here are all the info! 😉
1. Requirements for Renting a Car in Jeju Island
A. Have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP)
Some car rental companies may ask for both the IDP and the local driver’s license (which must be issued by the country of your residence). But because the rental requirements differ by companies, it’s better to browse through each company’s website in advance. 😉
Do take note that it is impossible to drive in Korea with a foreign issued license only. So check whether your IDP or driver’s license issued in your country is valid in Korea or not before your trip.
Only those that are issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention are recognized in Korea. Driving permit issued in China, Indonesia and Taiwan are not allowed for rentals in Korea.
For more info on Foreign Driver’s License and the IDP, check out Korean Driver’s License Agency’s website.
B. Never forget to bring your passport!
Bring your passport (for identification purposes) and also have a copy of your passport (some companies may ask for it). The names on your IDP and your passport must be the same. If not, your driving permit will be denied.
C. Pay with your own credit card
The rental fees are only accepted via your own credit card (no debit card or cash). All major international Credit Cards – such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard and Visa – are accepted.
If you want to make payment via other options such as bank transfer or Alipay, click here.
2. Driver qualifications in Jeju Island
*The driver’s license must be valid for the entire rental period.
*In case of the international driving permit Class 1, the license expires a year after the aptitude test; and rental is not available with the expired international driving permit.
Keep in mind that the requirement for driver qualification in Jeju Island is different from that of other parts of South Korea.
3. Want to add additional driver?
When renting a car, you can add additional driver (limited to one only). This additional driver must also register and go through the confirmation process with the rental company and yes, everything is free of charge.
4. Car rental insurance
Also, the drivers are liable to compensate the rental company for the loss of use (ex. damage or theft).
You will have to pay 50% of the car’s daily rental fee per day.
For example, if your damaged vehicle’s daily rental rate is 50,000 KRW and took 4 days to repair (50,000 x 4 = 200,000), you have to compensate 100,000 KRW (50% of 200,000) to the rental company.
5. Where to rent a car at Jeju International Airport
Look for the ‘Rent-a-Car’ Building
Exit through Gate 5 when you arrive at Jeju International Airport. Turn right and follow the pedestrian path until you reach the Rent-a-Car building.
In this building, you can find a number of car rental companies. All of them offer reservation services and same-day car rentals. The rental rates are similar or less, so compare them before you rent the car.
6. How to save money on your car rentals
A. Avoid same-day car rental!
You may want to avoid renting a car on site on the day of arrival. There is a huge difference in the rental rates between on-site and online so book online in advance if you want to save money on your car rental.
During high season, you may not be able to rent a car on-site. It’s best to book your reservation for car rental service early. 😉
B. Take pictures or videos
As soon as you take over the car, the first thing you should do is to take pictures or videos of the exterior of the car. Inspect the car thoroughly. Look for scratches, loose parts, or anything that can be considered a damage.
If you skip this process, you might be paying for something that you didn’t do.
C. Check the gasoline
When returning the car, the gasoline tank should be refilled with the same amount of fuel at time of your rental. Otherwise refueling charges will apply.
D. Return the car at least an hour before
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