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Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink
malaria 2
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera 1
yellow fever no


In the big cities, medical care can be compared to Europe. Medical care is guaranteed in all tourist areas; Hotels can recommend a local doctor. The large hospitals have English-speaking staff. A list of German-speaking and English-speaking doctors can be found on the embassy’s website under other information: ( . Adequate health insurance coverage valid worldwide and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way. Emergency number: 119. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against cholera is not an entry condition. Cholera has also not been reported for a long time. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. [2] Very low risk of malaria from the less dangerous form Plasmodium vivax (malaria tertiana) mainly from June to September in the lowland belt along the border between North and South Korea in the provinces of Kyonggi Do and Kangwon Do (not normally accessible to travelers). Effective insect repellent is sufficient, drug prophylaxis is not required.

Food and drink

Tap water is usually chlorinated and relatively clean, but mild stomach upset may occur. Bottled water is therefore recommended for the first few weeks. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is usually not pasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Dairy products made from unboiled milk should be avoided. Meat or fish dishes should only be well cooked and served as hot as possible. Pork, mayonnaise and raw salads should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Caution should be exercised when consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning. Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases (e.g. hepatitis A, typhus, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). Most intestinal infections and other tropical and infectious diseases can be avoided by hygienic eating and drinking (only boiled, not warmed up), regular hand washing with soap and consistent mosquito protection (repellents, mosquito net, covering clothing, behavior).

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Across the country, there is a risk of transmission of Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Typhus also occurs nationwide. The fever is caused by clothes lice. To protect yourself, you should practice regular body and clothing hygiene. Vaccination should only be considered in rare cases. The same applies to Tsutsugamushi fever (Scub Typhus), but it only affects people who embark on migrations to remote areas in the warmer months of the year. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. There is an increased risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis in rural areas from July to October, but it is declining sharply. During this time, travelers with longer stays (4 weeks or more) should be vaccinated. protect themselves with skin-covering clothing and insect repellent. Rabies is very rare nationwide. The main carriers are dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs. Vaccination is recommended in cases of particular exposure. Vaccination is recommended for occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs. Vaccination is recommended in cases of particular exposure. Vaccination is recommended for occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Tuberculosis occurs. Vaccination is recommended in cases of particular exposure.

Health certificate

South Korea requires foreigners who work in the leisure and entertainment industry and stay in the country longer than 90 days to have a negative HIV test not older than 1 month upon entry. Otherwise, the test must be made up for in the country within 3 days.



1 won = 100 khons. Currency code: W, KRW (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 50,000, 10,000, 5,000 and 1,000 won; Coins in denominations of 500, 100, 50 and 10 won.

Credit cards

Visa, American Express and Mastercard are accepted by many major restaurants, hotels and shops in cities. However, they are rarely accepted in rural areas. Credit card withdrawals are available from all ATMs marked “Global ATM”. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn at “Global ATM” ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can only be used in South Korea at a few ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Cashless payments with bank customer cards are hardly possible in South Korea. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money,

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can only be cashed in banks and exchange offices in major cities in South Korea. Travelers checks in US dollars recommended.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-16.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of national and foreign currencies is unlimited. The import of foreign currency and local currency must be declared from an amount equivalent to US$ 10,000. The export of foreign currencies and local currency is limited to the amount declared upon entry (present proof of declaration).

Currency Exchange

Money can be exchanged directly at the airport or at banks and exchange offices, as well as in hotels and some shops that must be authorized to do so.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
KRW 1 EUR = 1240.00₩
1 CHF = 1472.90₩
1 USD = 1188.15₩

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