North Korea vaccinations: which ones do you need?

North Korea vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you going to North Korea soon? Prepare your trip well. We recommend certain vaccinations for North Korea although these are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which additional vaccinations you require, is dependent on the duration of your stay in this mysterious country. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea was formed in 1948. The country borders South Korea to the south – the Korean Demilitarized Zone separates the two – and China and Russia to the north and northwest. North Korea is a mountainous country and mostly has a continental climate. Winters can be quite cold and summers are usually pleasant in terms of temperature. July and August are also often rather wet. Therefore, the best time to travel to North Korea is either between April and July or in September and/or October. Due to its political situation and closed character, North Korea is not exactly a touristy destination. Tourists are only allowed into the country in organised groups, and are not free to come and go. Spontaneous adjustments to the travel programme are virtually impossible. Nonetheless, a visit to this country – that until recently was nearly completely isolated from the rest of the world – is quite an experience. Capital Pyongyang is home to many political monuments and statues of great leaders and the ancient capital of Kaesong, with its many historic buildings from the Goryeo dynasty. If you visit North Korea, please consider the risk of diseases and mosquito bites. Malaria is prevalent in a small part of the country. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you what vaccinations you require and provide advice on additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

North Korea vaccinations: the most common risks

Various diseases are prevalent in North Korea to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in North Korea and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Typhoid fever

Vaccination against typhoid fever depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Yellow Fever - possibly compulsory

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

A healthy trip to North Korea: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to North Korea as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows you to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for North Korea? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your North Korea vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for North Korea? Please feel free to contact us and send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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