South Korea (Republic of Korea)

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

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


There is a low malaria risk in the north on the border with North Korea from April till November. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. 

There is no malaria risk in the rest of the country along the border with North Korea from December till March

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.


Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

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.

Hepatitis A

Recommended for some travellers

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for Jamboree 2023 participants.

Meningococcal ACWY

Recommended for some travellers

Vaccination against meningococcal ACWY is recommended for Jamboree 2023 participants.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travellers

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

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