Summary

On 31 March 2014, during a pre-planned and pre-advised live-fire exercise, a small number of Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) artillery shells landed in waters south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea. The South Korean military responded with its own artillery fire into waters on the northern side of the NLL. Residents of the nearby South Korean island of Baengnyeong were moved to temporary shelters during the incident. There are no reported casualties. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.

The typhoon season normally runs from June to November. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms. 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.

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

The South Korean authorities normally hold nationwide civil emergency exercises on the 15th day of the month, eight times a year. 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.  

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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