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Last verified: Monday, 28. September 2020 at 07:18 AM

South Korea Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to South Korea

Local Situation: 3.3 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to South Korea. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.8 / 5

South Korea shares a land border with North Korea. For these two countries, the Advisory Index is 3.8.

Current informationen on Covid-19 in South Korea

There are currently 23,661 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in South Korea. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 406 officially reported deaths related to this disease in South Korea.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for South Korea

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for South Korea.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination South Korea from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.3 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - I allmänhet är Sydkorea ett tryggt resmål. Situationen på Koreahalvön kan emellertid förändras snabbt. Följ medierna samt webbplatsen och de sociala medierna för Finlands ambassad i Seoul.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/KR

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/south-korea

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til Sydkorea, fordi der er 14 dages karantæne for personer, der rejser til Sydkorea fra udlandet. Hvis du vælger at rejse til Sydkorea, bør du orientere dig om lokale restriktioner forud for rejsen. Den danske ambassade i Seoul har de seneste oplysninger om lokale restriktioner i Sydkorea, herunder karantænereglerne. ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/sydkorea/

Individual rating changes for South Korea

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of South Korea. Most recent events first.

Changes from March 28th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 3.4 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from March 27th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 3.3 to 3.4. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government removed their warning for South Korea with a previous rating of 0.0.

Changes from March 23rd 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 3.0 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from March 17th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 2.8 to 3.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 14th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 2.7 to 2.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 7th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 2.3 to 2.7. Here are the influencing details:

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The New Zealand government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from February 29th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 2.2 to 2.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government decreased their existing warning for South Korea to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by -1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from February 27th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 2.0 to 2.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Finnish government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from February 26th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 1.8 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for South Korea to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from February 25th 2020

The total rating for South Korea changed from 1.6 to 1.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 3.0.

Changes from September 26th 2019

The total rating for South Korea changed from 0.0 to 1.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 2.0.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for South Korea changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 1.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 1.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for South Korea with a rating of 2.0.

About South Korea

South Korea with its capital Seoul is a country in Asia (Eastern Asia), slightly larger than Indiana (98,480 km²). The country is located Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. The climate can be described as temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter. The landscape is mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south. With a population of about 48.42 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Seoul
Population about 48.42 million
Size 98.480 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than Indiana
Common languages English, Korean
Currency Won (short: KRW)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 3G
International phone prefix +82
Internet Top Level Domain .kr
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 KR
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 KOR
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 410

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems South Korea is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • acid rain
  • air pollution in large cities
  • drift net fishing
  • water pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents

Natural hazzards

  • Halla (1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries
  • low-level seismic activity common in southwest
  • occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of South Korea. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. automobile production
  2. chemicals
  3. electronics
  4. shipbuilding
  5. steel
  6. telecommunications

Agriculture products

  1. barley
  2. cattle
  3. chickens
  4. eggs
  5. fish
  6. fruit
  7. milk
  8. pigs
  9. rice
  10. root crops

Korean Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from South Korea.

Export products

  1. automobile/auto parts
  2. computers
  3. electronics
  4. flat displays
  5. petrochemicals
  6. plastics
  7. semiconductors
  8. ships
  9. steel
  10. wireless communication equipment

Import products

  1. automobiles
  2. coal
  3. computers
  4. crude oil/petroleum products
  5. fine chemicals
  6. natural gas
  7. semiconductors
  8. steel
  9. textiles
  10. wireless communication equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for South Korea?

South Korea is currently rated at 3,3 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to South Korea.

Is it safe to travel South Korea in 2020?

Visiting the country South Korea is usually fine. The score is at 3,3 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for South Korea?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for South Korea.

What is the current Corona virus situation in South Korea?

There are currently 23,661 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in South Korea. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 406 officially reported deaths related to this disease in South Korea.

What is the size of South Korea?

South Korea has a size of 98,480 km² or 38,023 mi² which is slightly larger than Indiana.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.