South Korea is having a beauty moment right now with many of the best skincare innovations coming from the country.

With this in mind you might be tempted to visit on an extravagant spa trip overseas, but with tensions between North Korea and the US continuing to be a concern, is it safe to visit the Korean peninsula?

We found out the Foreign Office’s latest advice.

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Is it safe to travel to South Korea?

Travellers may be wary of holidaying in South Korea as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has previously ordered tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

There is the possibility that the government in Pyongyang may call for more tests which may lead to instability in the region but in the past such tests have not affected daily life.

Be aware that the level of tension between the two nations can change with little warning.

Tensions can be particularly heightened during South Korean-US military exercises in March and August.


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Emergency drills

South Korean authorities occasionally hold civil emergency exercises where sirens will sound, transport will stop and you will be asked to take shelter indoors or in designated metro stations and basements.

Foreign nationals do not have to take part in these drills but should follow the instruction of local authorities.

The government have developed an app with civil emergency advice, including shelter locations, different types of alarms, medical facilities and emergency services. Search for ‘emergency ready app’, available on Apple and Android devices.

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Typhoon season

Typhoon season in the area runs from June to November.

Keep up to date with local weather information.


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Health concerns

Medical care in the region is of a good standard but can be expensive so make sure you have adequate insurance.

There is some air pollution in South Korea including yellow dust. This is most prevalent in spring.

When the concentration levels of dust particles are high, residents and visitors are advised to stay indoors as much as possible, close windows and drink plenty of water, especially the elderly and those with respiratory problems.

Also in spring, there is increased risk of tick-borne disease so residents and visitors who are likely to be taking part in activities on grass should wear long sleeved tops and trousers.

In medical emergencies, the number to dial in South Korea is 119.

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British Embassy

In the unlikely event that relations deteriorate between North and South Korea rapidly, you should get in touch with the British Embassy in Seoul.

You can also get in touch with the embassy if you need urgent help while travelling in the country by calling +82 (0)2 3210 5500.

If you are in the UK and are worried about a British national travelling in South Korea, call 020 7008 1500.

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