I went today to transfer money, and without looking up any information or knowing how much I wanted to send the man told me I couldn't transfer anything without my passport. I told him I had my ARC card and he said, nope, it won't do, he needs the passport. It's Korean law he stated, they need to write down on the last page how much you sent home. Now, I've been here since August and this is the first time I've ever heard of this.
My American friend told me he's had to have it done but that was to do with America. America says you can only sent home 70,000 or something, he said, so they need to know how much if you get asked. (So? I'll save the papers.)
My friend from England has never been asked for her passport when she's sent money and she's been here a year already, entering her second year.
My Canadian friend who worked here for one full year and transferred money home every month, who left in March, NEVER once gave his passport and never had any problem, so this feels really bizzare.
I really am frustrated. I go through all these hoops to acquire a card for indentification purposes and all they ever want is my passport, anywhere, lol. Even at the movie theatre, or online you can't use your ARC card. Gaaah! What is it used for then?
My main question is: Is the bank teller correct? Is it Korean law? Is it just him? Is it the bank? Can a fellow Canadian (or someone who knows another Canadian who's transferred money) answer this, because I realize there's different rules for different countries.
I was going to go today but I'm thinking it might be best if I wait until tomorrow or later so I can get another guy who might not ask me for it.