26 Jan 2018
South Korea Olympic and Paralympic Winter GamesTravelling to South Korea for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games? Check our country specific and general travel health advice
Large numbers of fans are expected to travel to South Korea for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. They are due to take place between 9 - 25 February and 9 - 18 March 2018 in Pyeongchang, which is approximately 180km east of the capital, Seoul.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommends fans plan ahead, as there will be large crowds and limited accommodation. Winter in South Korea is cold, with dry north-westerly winds. The FCO advises all travellers to ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance and warm clothes, such as down jackets, gloves and hats, as temperatures can reach as low as minus 20°C in February.
Advice for travellers
Current vaccine and health advice can be found on our South Korea Country Information page and travellers should make an appointment with their GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or travel clinic in plenty of time to check they are up to date for all appropriate travel and routinely recommended vaccines for the UK, like MMR.
Avian (bird) flu continues to be reported in Asia. There have been no recent human cases of Avian flu in South Korea but as with similarly affected Asian countries, visitors should take a precautionary approach and should avoid exposure to live or dead wild birds and poultry.
Travellers can also check our general travel health advice for further information.
- FCO: Foreign travel insurance
- FCO: Top tips for travelling to Pyeongchang
- FCO: Travel Aware
- Travelling with medicines
- Travelling with additional needs and / or disability
- Public Health England: Avian influenza: guidance, data and analysis
- Pyeongchang 2018
- PHE Avian Influenza in China Infographics
- WHO Health advice for Winter Olympics 2018