FCO Travel Advice for - Korea (Republic of)

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  • On 4 March North Korea issued a statement which said it planned to nullify the Armistice Agreement from 11 March 2013. This follows a satellite launch in December and suspected nuclear test in February. This statement has raised tensions in the region. The FCO assess that there is currently no immediate increased risk or danger to those living in or travelling to South Korea as a result of this statement. However, you should continue to monitor news reports and this travel advice closely. See Political situation.

  • It’s not possible to enter North Korea from South Korea, unless you are making an official visit to the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC). The British Embassy in Seoul is unable to provide consular assistance to British nationals in the KIC, and access by the British Embassy in Pyongyang is limited.

  • The South Korean authorities normally hold nationwide civil emergency exercises on the 15th day of the month, eight times a year (not January, February, July or December). Sirens are sounded, transport stopped and some people are asked to take shelter in metro stations or basements. You should check local announcements for further exercises.

  • There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
  • Around 100,000 British nationals visit South Korea every year. Most visits are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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