LATEST TRAVEL UPDATES AND ADVICE FOR SOUTH KOREA

Updated: 09th March 2020

Travel Alerts

There are currently no restrictions for travel to areas that we visit on our tours of South Korea. At present, all our tours to South Korea are departing as normal.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the cities of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We do not visit these areas.

South Korea has implemented enhanced quarantine procedures at entry points such as airports and ports. These include temperature checks and hand sanitation.

Our Tours
On all our tours to South Korea we are providing sanitizing gel. Guides are reminding guests to sanitize frequently. We are not providing surgical masks as surgical masks will not protect against the virus.

Should at any point the FCO change their level of advice to 'Do Not Travel' all of our holidays to South Korea would be cancelled. Travellers will then be offered the choice of travelling to South Korea at a later date, travelling to another destination or receiving a full refund.

How it spreads
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person-to-person (especially in Hubei Province, China). The virus is most likely spread through:
• close contact with an infectious person
• contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
• touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

Prevention
The advice from the World Health Organization for the public is as follows:

1. Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

2. Maintain social distancing Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

4. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19