South Korea vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you travelling to South Korea? Adequate preparation is essential. Certain vaccinations are recommended for South Korea, however not mandatory. What vaccinations you require for your trip, is dependant on the regions you plan to visit and the duration of your stay in this wonderfully green country.

The Republic of South Korea is situated in northeast Asia. Even though most of the country is surrounded by sea, large parts of South Korea have a warm continental climate. The southern parts have various subtropical climates. The best way to avoid heat, cold patches, typhoons and mosquitoes is to travel to South Korea in either September or October. South Korea has a lot to offer to travellers, starting with the 600 year old capital Seoul: this modern metropolis is a unique blend of ultra-modern buildings, authentic streets and ancient remains. The country is further characterised by lush green hills and vast mountain ranges in the east. Also, a visit to the historic city of Gyeongju is well worth the effort. Whatever you plan to do during your trip to South Korea, it is always wise to take into account the risk of (tropical) diseases and mosquitoes. Malaria occurs in the northern parts of South Korea. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses are happy to tell you which vaccinations you require and what else you can do to have a pleasant stay in this beautiful country. Click here to make an appointment (in Dutch) with one of our nurses.

South Korea vaccinations: the most common risks

Various (tropical) diseases are prevalent in South Korea to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please find below a list of the most common health risks and diseases in South Korea and read 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.


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.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

In this country Tick-borne encephalitisis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. 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.

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

Make your trip to South 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 your 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 (in Dutch) 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 South Korea? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your South Korea vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for South 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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