The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Daegu due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the increased incidence of community transmission and increasing pressure on medical services in the city. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Cheongdo Out of Control Settelment Agreement.
The Government of South Korea has designated Daegu and Cheongdo as “special care zones” due to the high number of cases of coronavirus. If you’re already in Daegu or Cheongdo, you should follow the instructions and advice of the local authorities.
There is an ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), throughout South Korea, with a growing number of cases across the country in recent days, including instances of community-based transmission. It may cause more severe symptoms in older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. You should exercise caution throughout the country, and follow the advice of local authorities. The Government of South Korea has announced that foreign nationals who have been in Hubei province in China within the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter South Korea. See Health
Around 140,000 British nationals visit South Korea every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
A revised Korean Traffic Law came into effect in June 2019. See Road travel
The level of tension on the Korean Peninsula grew considerably in 2017 due to a series of North Korean nuclear and missile tests. On 21 April 2018, North Korea announced a halt to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile testing.
Since 2018 there has been renewed direct contact between the North and South Korean governments, and between North Korea and the United States. In the past, periods of diplomatic engagement have failed to be sustained. This has led to further missile or nuclear tests by North Korea and a return to instability in the region. The level of tension and the security situation can therefore still change with little notice. Tensions usually rise around the time of South Korean-US military exercises. In the past, heightened tensions haven’t affected daily life. See Political situation
Check the foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page to find out more about things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan effectively and stay safe. You can also sign up to email alerts to be notified about future updates to this travel advice. See Contingency planning
The South Korean authorities provide advice on responding to civil emergencies, and hold regular nationwide civil emergency exercises. Sirens are sounded, transport stopped and some people are asked to take shelter in metro stations or basements. See Civil emergency exercises and advice
The typhoon season normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters
Public demonstrations are mostly peaceful and well-policed, but the risk of violence remains. You should take extra care as in any crowded place. See Demonstrations
Air pollution, including yellow dust pollution, is common in South Korea throughout the year and especially during spring months. See Health
It’s not possible to enter North Korea from South Korea.
Although there is no recent history of terrorism in South Korea, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
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