Foreign travel advice

South Korea

Summary

A large-scale demonstration is scheduled to take place in Gwanghwamun Square and Seoul Plaza in central Seoul on Saturday 10 December 2016. The demonstration will officially begin at 6pm and finish at 9pm, but crowds are expected to gather earlier in the day and leave after midnight. The local authorities expect over 200,000 people to take part in the protest (although over 1,500,000 took part in the protest in Seoul on 3 December 2016). Public demonstrations in South Korea are mostly peaceful and well-policed, but you should take extra care as in any crowded place.

The typhoon season normally runs from June to November. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the instructions of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

Yellow dust pollution is common in South Korea during spring months. 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. This is particularly important for the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Follow local media reporting and the Korean Meteorological Service website for latest advice.

The level of tension on the Korean peninsula can change with little notice. See Political situation

It’s not possible to enter North Korea from South Korea without special permission.

The South Korean authorities sometimes hold 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.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Around 100,000 British nationals visit South Korea every year. Most visits are trouble-free.  

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