Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Depo Venue

Depositions in South Korea can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Region-based Court Reporters

We have region-based court reporters for depositions in South Korea, which means lower travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter South Korea for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

South Korea is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in South Korea.

How to set up a deposition in South Korea

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in South Korea.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Seoul

You Know We've Got Seoul

Challenge
Seoul is an international hotspot for depositions, but there are very few, qualified local resources there. Our client needs a full team: and it must be affordable.
Solution
We mobilize one of our local deposition interpreters in Seoul. The reporter is flown in from Hong Kong, and the videographer comes in from Paris, at a reduced airfare rate. The depositions are a success and the results are perfect.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Everything You Need to Know About Depositions in Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea has boomed in the last 50 years to become the planet’s 10th most economically robust city and the second largest metropolitan area. With this modern city thriving due to an influx of telecom, it is no surprise that U.S. depositions taking place in Seoul have become more and more frequent.

Essential international travel information for South Korea

Currency

South Korea uses the South Korean Won. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout South Korea visit weather.com.

General tipping

Tipping is not required nor expected in South Korea. But most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to bills. This is on top of the 10% VAT (which is usually included in prices at most stores in South Korea, but not in some high-end restaurants). Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you tell them to "keep the change" (or jandon gajiseyo in Korean), but they do not expect any reward for their services, and it's pretty much the same for staff in local restaurants as well as hotels. Even porters and bellboys don't expect a tip.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in South Korea here: timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to South Korea. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State South Korea country page or contact the South Korean Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Seoul/Incheon, Incheon International Airport, ICN

Gimpo, Gimpo International Airport, GMP

Yangyang, Yangyang International Airport, YNY

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