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      South Korea (Republic of Korea)

      Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski

      This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

      Check the current security situation on the federal government website.

      Important health risks


      The malaria risk is:

      • moderate from March to December in the north bordering North Korea. We recommend the use of of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you.
      • low from March to December the rural areas in the northern parts of the provinces of Incheon, Gangwon, Gyeonggi, including demilitarized zone (DMZ). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. 

      In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible. 

      Other insect-borne diseases

      Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country, mainly from May to November.

      Protect yourself against insects

      Tick-borne diseases

      Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease.

      Other frequent health risks while travelling

      Read these tips before you leave.


      Update of basic vaccinations




      A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

      Other vaccinations

      Recommended for some travellers

      Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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