1: A cholera vaccination certificate
is not a condition of entry to Korea (Rep) following WHO guidelines issued during 1973. Nevertheless, cholera
may be a risk in this country and precautions are very necessary. The latest
advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions
should include a vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over
2: Limited malaria risk, exclusively in the benign
vivax form, exists essentially in the northern districts of the Gangwon Do andKyunggi Do provinces.
Food & drink
Water main is usually chlorinated and, whilst fairly safe,
may cause mild abdominal upsets. For the 1st few weeks of stay, bottled water
Powdered or tinned milk is available and is recommended,
but should make sure that it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid
dairy products which are likely to be made from
Try to eat only well-cooked fish and meat, preferably
served hot while fruit should be peeled and vegetables cooked.
Japanese encephalitis may be transmitted by
mosquitos from June to the end of October in some rural areas.
There is vaccine available. Travellers should consult their
doctor prior to departure.
is common and B is extremely endemic, as is Korean
hemorrhagic fever. TB occurs.
Rabies may be existent. Vaccination should be considered for those at high risk and seek medical
advice immediately if you are bitten.
Travellers who wish to stay for more than 3 months may require to supply
a certificate that shows they have tested HIV negative, issued within
1 month before arriving in Korea. For
more details, ask at the Consulate.
Health insurance is recommended. There are
facilities available in all the tourist areas, and hotels will recommend a
local doctor. Payment and registration
prior to any treatment are required in almost every hospital. Most nurses and receptionists cannot speak
English but write words out on paper which is able to help in urgent cases.