| 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
and against poliomyelitis is commonly advised.
3: Malaria risk is quite low and exists
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
Diarrhoea diseases which include dysentery, giardiasis and typhoid fever are quite common.
Hepatitis B is
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.
‘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.