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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No No
Cholera 1 No
Typhoid and Polio 2 N/a
Malaria 3 N/a
1: A cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to this country, following WHO guidelines issued during 1973. However, cholera is a risk in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and precautions are extremely necessary. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding if these precautions should include a vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.

2: Immunisation against typhoid is extremely recommended, and against poliomyelitis is commonly advised.

3: Malaria risk is quite low and exists primarily in the benign vivax form.

Food & drink

All water should be regarded as a potential health risk. Water that used for brushing teeth, making ice or drinking should be boiled or otherwise sterilised first. Bottled water is widely available and considered all right to drink.

Milk is not pasteurised and should have been boiled before drinking. Canned or powdered milk is available and advised; however, should make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products which are likely to have been made from un-boiled milk.

Eat only well-cooked fish and meat, preferably served hot. Pork, salad and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Fruit should be peeled and Vegetables cooked.

Other risks

Diarrhoea diseases which include dysentery, giardiasis and typhoid fever are quite common.

Hepatitis B
is an epidemic in the area while Hepatitis A and E occur along with tuberculosis.

Pandemics of Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever may occur.

Rabies is present and for those who are at high risk, vaccination before entering this country should be considered. Search for medical advice without delay if you are bitten.

Health care

‘People’s Hospitals’ and clinics are easily found throughout the country, but resources can be limited and quite basic. Currently emergency medical flights are not permitted into the country. Most of the tourist places offer the medical facilities. International visitors are highly advised to take out health insurance.

Useful travel links
CDC official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
No jet lag all about jet lag. What is it who gets it
SOS international SOS
WHO the official site of the World Health Organization