South Korea Travel Vaccines and Advice

South Korea, unlike its northern neighbour, is experiencing a remarkable boom in its tourist industry. Tourists are most attracted by its ancestral-rooted lifestyle, cultural dynamism, and wild natural landscapes. In the capital of Seoul, you will find royal palaces, romantic gardens, and calm waters. The city’s lively pace of life is scattered with the noises of horns and tradesman. For a more relaxing experience, a gentle hike through the mountains of Seorak proves a serene experience. To become better acquainted with the Buddhist culture, you can perhaps experience a “temple stay” in a Buddhist monastery. As one of the main attractions of South Korea, the maritime city of Busan is known for beaches, mountains, and temples.

A majestic view of South Korea’s skyscrapers

Recommended travel vaccinations for South Korea

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Japanese EncephalitisMosquito bites
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to South Korea

MedicationAdditional Information
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in South Korea


Medical Care in South Korea

In stark contrast to its northern neighbor, South Korea proves an exception in many ways, especially with regards to health. Private hospitals offering care in line with American standards represent the bulk of the health care system, particularly in larger cities. The facilities and equipment offered at these institutions are of good quality. Visitors should use Samsung Medical Centre or Severance Hospital – one of the leading medical organisations in the country. In rural areas, the standard of health services is average.

South Korea is home to many pharmacies which are well-stocked with drugs from Europe and the United States.

For an emergency call, dial 119.

Is South Korea Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Low risk
Women’s safety Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety High risk of accident
Public transportation Taxi drivers do not always speak English; Make sure to have your adress written in Korean
Civil emergency exercises Happen repeatedly on the 15th of each month
Tensions on the Korea peninsula Risk present
Risk level Normal security precautions
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit South Korea?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter South Korea for trips under 180 days. Your passport must be valid beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to South Korea information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to South Korea (SEOUL)
Street Address:
21 Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu,
Seoul (04518), Republic of Korea

Tel.: +82 2 3783 6000
Fax: +82 2 3783 6112

Email: [email protected]

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Canadian Consulate to South Korea (BUSAN)
Street Address:
c/o Dongsung Chemical Corporation, 99 Sinsan-ro (472 Shinpyung-dong),
Saha-gu, Busan, 49421, Republic of Korea

Tel.: +82 51 204 5581
Fax: +82 51 204 5580

Email: [email protected]