Travelling to North Korea? Need Vaccinations?
If you are travelling to North Korea you must be taking a tour as individual travel is not allowed. Some foreign offices strongly advise against travel to North Korea so please check with your foreign office before travelling. To see something spectacular visit Bagan, an archaeological site that is very very old or why North Korea is not the most liberal of places so please be aware and respectful of limitations so that you don’t find yourself in some serious trouble. Hills, mountains and valleys are what you will find in this East Asian country. If you want to explore any of this, you will be accompanied by a North Korean escort.
What Travel Vaccinations do I need for North Korea?
Before travelling to North Korea please ensure you have had all of your routine UK vaccinations, including:
Depending on where in North Korea you are travelling, your current health condition, lifestyle and occupational risks, the other injections that you may require for North Korea are:
Book an appointment at our Travel Clinic for more information and expert advice on the vaccinations and other precautions you may need for your visit to North Korea. Please remember to leave ample time for your abs before you travel.
Further Travel Health Advice for North Korea
Malaria precautions are advisable in North Korea as some parts of the country carry a bit of a risk. Please discuss your itinerary with your travel nurse who will be able to advise you. For any traveller, taking steps to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes is always advisable, to give yourself the greatest protection against infection.
North Korea has mountains and some areas of elevation are situated higher than 2500m, so altitude sickness could be a problem. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice.
Heat and Humidity
North Korea has warm summers, cold winters and the odd typhoon in Autumn.. Please make sure to check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions for the climate here.
Tap water in North Korea is not considered safe to drink. Stick to bottled water and always check the water that food has been washed in. As an extra precaution, take some water purifying tablets with you or some kind of water purification system and remember to not have ice made from tap water either.
Food and Drink
In the capital city you may now find a few western food options but generally your food options will be a bit limited. You will be able to find beer and local Korean vodka though – just don’t get drunk or you could wind up in serious trouble.
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect bites and animal bites such as Malaria and Dengue. Please take reasonable precautions when travelling here.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in North Korea.
North Korea is a country of strict rules and protocols. Please read up on these before travelling . Be cautious when taking photos and don’t leave your hotel without your guide. Drug offences here are dealt with harshly so be warned. Use your common sense when travelling here and make sure you read up on North Korean etiquette before you hop on the airplane.