Here’s everything you need to know about renting a car in Jeju Island in Korea!
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 the hassle of using public transportation. Plus, renting a car is more affordable than hiring a private car and a driver.
For foreign travelers who want to rent a car in Jeju Island, here is all the info!
1. Requirements for renting a car in Jeju Island
*The International Driver Permin (IDP) must be the BOOK TYPE.
*Even if you have a valid IDP, you cannot rent a vehicle if you have been staying in Korea for over 1 year. In this case, you will not be able to pick up your vehicle even if you have made a reservation.
• Have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) & Driver’s License from your home country
Those who wish to drive in Jeju Island, and other parts of South Korea, must have a valid driver’s license, or 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 company, 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.
While the IDP itself is valid for one year from the date of issue, you can use your IDP for up to one year after entering Korea.
Please note that International Driving Permits (IDP) recognized in Korea are only those issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention.
*The list of the member states of the Geneva Convention.
*The list of the member states of the Vienna Convention.
– Please note that Malaysian and Vietnamese driving permits are NOT valid as IDPs in Korea.
For more info on Foreign Driver’s License and the IDP, check out Korean Driver’s License Agency’s website.
• 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.
• Renting with USFK Form 134EK (Orange Card)
*If the name of the IDP/Orange card is not the EXACT SAME, you will not be able to pick up your vehicle.
*IF you do not have at least one of the required documents, you will not be able to pick up the vehicle.
*USFK personnel MUST have a passport.
• Pay the rental fees with your credit card or via bank transfer
All major International Credit Cards – such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, and Visa – are accepted.
*No credit card or deposit is required to pick up the vehicle.
If you want to make payment via other options such as bank transfer or Alipay, click here.
2. Driver qualifications in Jeju Island
All drivers must be at least 21 years old and with driving experience of at least one year.
*The driver’s license must be valid for the entire rental period.
*The driver must have at least 1 year of driving experience. – to check this, they require you to bring your original driver’s license from your home country (a copy of the original driver’s license is fine).
*In the 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.
*You must have a Type B International Driving Permit (IDP) to rent a vehicle including the 9-seater Kia Carnival model.
*A Type D (SUV/RV/9- to 12-seater Mini Van) driver must be a minimum of 26 years old with 3 years of driving experience.
Keep in mind that the requirement for driver qualification in Jeju Island differs from that of other parts of South Korea.
3. How to add an additional driver
When renting a car, you can add an 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
All the vehicles are covered by basic general insurance and it is mandatory to have third-party insurance (comprehensive coverage) and damage coverage insurance.
Protection coverage for the vehicle rented includes comprehensive coverage insurance (supplementary liability insurance, SLI, and PAE), and the 2nd driver registered is insured.
Also with the full coverage insurance included in the price, you will not be charged for any damages or repair fees of the rented vehicle.
*SLI(person): unlimited/PAE: up to 15,000,000won/SLI (property ): up to 20,000,000 won per accident
Please note that damage coverage insurance doesn’t cover emergency service, tow fees, snow chains, navigation, or interior damage.
In case of an accident, there are no extra charges and you can be assigned to rent another car of the same type but full coverage insurance will be expired after the accident.
5. Where to pick up & return the vehicle
You can pick up the vehicle at a local rental office near Jeju Airport. The rental car company operates a free shuttle bus service every 10 minutes from 7:00am to 10:00pm between the local office and the airport. It takes less than 10 minutes to get to the office.
6. How to save money on your car rentals
• Avoid same-day car rentals!
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 a car rental service early. 😉
• Take pictures or videos
As soon as you take over the car, the first thing you should do is 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 damage.
If you skip this process, you might be paying for something that you didn’t do.
• Check the gasoline
Before you drive away, check how much gasoline is left and refuel your vehicle immediately at the nearest local gasoline station.
When returning the car, the gasoline tank should be refilled with the same amount of fuel at the time of your rental. Otherwise, refueling charges will apply.
• Return your car at least an hour before (Return time: 7am~10pm)
Just in case of parking difficulties or post-accident matters, it’s strongly recommended that you return the car at least an hour before your flight! 😉
Additional costs may incur if the car is returned late!
Those who book their car rental service via Trazy.com have to return their car in the parking lot near Jeju Airport and return the key to the agent. After returning the car, you can take a free shuttle bus from the office to Jeju Airport. The shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes and it takes around 3~5 minutes from the office to the airport.
If you have to return your car before 7am, please return the car 1 day in advance at 10pm.
7. How to book Jeju car rental service with Trazy
Visitors to Jeju Island can book their car rental service online in advance at Trazy.com.
To book your Jeju car rental service, simply follow these steps:
• Visit the booking page for Jeju Car Rental here.
• Choose your travel date, pick-up time, and preferred vehicle type.
*Rental days = calculated based on 24 hours basis.
*Insurance days – calculated based on a daily basis
If you rent a vehicle for 24 hours from 10am to 10am the next day, you need to choose “1” rental day and “2” insurance days.
• Choose your vehicle from 5 different types: Hyundai Avante, Kia K3, Kia K5, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Carnival
*A rental car comes with a Korean navigation system and you can change the language setting to English.
Drivers who book their Jeju car rental service through Trazy will enjoy:
- Unlimited mileage
- Third-party insurance (comprehensive coverage)
- Damage coverage insurance
- Registration of additional drivers free of charge (up to 2 drivers)
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