Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 7 September 2017, 16:00 NZST
  • Still current at: 23 October 2017

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Some Risk

There is some risk to your security in South Korea due to heightened tensions in the region and we advise caution.

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Political tensions
Relations between South and North Korea can be tense. North Korea has conducted nuclear and ballistic missile tests with increased frequency, leading to further tensions. Over the course of 2017 there have been multiple missile tests by North Korea and a nuclear test. Future tests cannot be ruled out.

There have been occasional exchanges of live fire between North and South Korean border forces. These incidents are most likely to occur in areas along the Demilitarised Zone and the north-western islands (including Yeonpyeong-do, Daecheong-do and Baengnyeong-do) and surrounding waters. In November 2010, the North Korean military shelled the north-western island of Yeonpyeong-do, resulting in loss of life. Further provocations or reactions cannot be ruled out.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little warning and New Zealanders are advised to monitor the media to stay informed of any developments and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Civil Unrest
Public protests and demonstrations take place regularly, particularly in central Seoul. We advise New Zealanders in South Korea to avoid protests, demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. We recommend you monitor the media to keep up to date with local events and follow instructions issued by the local authorities.

General travel advice
The South Korean government has developed a smartphone application with civil emergency advice, including shelter locations, different types of alarms, medical facilities and emergency services. Search for ‘emergency ready app’ on Android or Apple app stores.

New Zealanders travelling or living in South Korea should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in South Korea are encouraged to register their details their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips


The New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Street Address Jeong-Dong Building, Level 8 (West Tower), 15-5 Jeong-Dong, Jung-Gu, Seoul 110-784, Republic of Korea Postal Address KPO Box 2258, Seoul, 110-110, Republic of Korea Telephone +82 2 3701 7700 Fax +82 2 3701 7701 Email nzembsel@mfat.net Web Site http://www.mfat.govt.nz/korea Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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New Zealand Embassy South Korea

Street Address
Jeong-Dong Building, Level 8 (West Tower), 15-5 Jeong-Dong, Jung-Gu, Seoul 110-784, Republic of Korea

Telephone: +82 2 3701 7700

Fax: +82 2 3701 7701

Email: nzembsel@mfat.net

Website: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/korea

Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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