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    Republic of Korea

    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
    • In short

      • Region
        Asia
      • Capital
        Seoul
      • Population
        48,184,000
      • Currency
        South Korean won (KRW)
      • Languages
        Korean
    • Flag

      Flag of South Korea
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Republic of Korea). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Japanese encephalitis
    Vaccinations is recommended for any stay longer than a month in rural areas between July and October. To consider whether any visits outside urban areas are planned or if an outbreak is underway in the region, even if the stay is less than a month.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    High prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    Malaria
    Malaria is present in the rural areas of the northern parts of Kyonggi-do, Incheon and Kanwong-do Provinces. Chloroquine (Aralen), primaquine, mefloquine (Lariam), atovaquone combined with proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline (Vibramycin) are the drugs of choice.
    HIV
    People with HIV are not permitted to enter the country, but there are no controls at the border. A screening test is required for a stay of more than 3 months. Special protective measures may apply, especially for public performers. Anyone whose HIV-positive status becomes known is expelled.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers, particularly if they expect to have close contact with local residents (family, friends) or are planning stays outside tourist areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Vaccination is recommended for travellers planning to visit or work in forested areas and farms, for hikers, campers and expatriates. The unpasteurized dairy products can also transmit the disease. Vaccination is not recommended for a short stay in urban areas.
    Lyme disease
    travellers who visit infected rural areas, particularly campers and backcountry enthusiasts are more at risk. These travellers should properly protect themselves from insect bites.
    Plague
    Plague is a disease that could be transmitted by insects of this region. Effective protection against insects would help prevent this problem.
    Rabies
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting regions where the virus is endemic and where it could be difficult to quickly get a post-exposure treatment and among travellers who will spend lots of time outdoors in rural areas. Vaccination is also recommended to children who will travel frequently or for long stays in a regions with risk, and which are too young to understand the precautions or to mention a bite.

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in Republic of Korea, contact:

    Korea, South - BUSAN
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: c/o Dongsung Chemical Corporation, 472 Shin Pyung-dong, Saha-gu, Busan 604-721, Republic of Korea
    Tel.: 82 (51) 204-5581
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-1-800-2326-6831; 008-1-800-2326-6831; 002-1-800-2326-6831
    Fax: 82 (51) 204-5580

    Korea, South - SEOUL
    Embassy of Canada
    Address: 21, Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu, Seoul (100-120), Republic of Korea
    Tel.: 82-2-3783-6000
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-2326-6831; 008-800-2326-6831; 002-800-2326-6831
    Fax: 82-2-3783-6112
    E-mail: seoul@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.korea.gc.ca

    While in Republic of Korea, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 00722-015. Public phones may require coins or a phone card.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!