Vaccines advised to ALL North Korea visitors

Vaccines advised to SOME North Korea visitors i The vaccines you need will depend on where in the country you are visiting, how long you will stay and what activities you will undertake during your trip. During your consultation our nurse will advise if you should consider any of the following vaccinations.

NOTE: British travellers should also ensure they have adequate protection from MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA and TUBERCULOSIS, which are normally given as part of the childhood vaccination schedule.

Destination Information for North Korea

North Korea is something of a mystery to the majority of the world, remaining secretive and detached from modern life. It is possible to travel there as a tourist, but you won’t be able to enter or move around the country independently; instead you are required to be booked onto an organised tour with a North Korean guide specially appointed by the country’s Ministry of Tourism and associated with one of the three travel services based in the capital, Pyongyang. Visitors are expected to abide by the rules of the country at all times.

 

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If you’re planning a trip, try to book one which includes some of the country’s particular highlights on the itinerary. The majority of tourist areas and sightseeing points are war memorials and monuments, including the Revolutionary Martyrs’ Cemetery, Kim Il Sung Square and the Arch of Triumph and the Military Exhibition Centre.

There truly is nowhere else in the world quite like the socialist state of North Korea, which is what attracts those tourists who do pay it a visit. The country is currently hoping to attract more visitors, just make sure you stick to the rules and be careful about your photography!

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a low risk of P.Vivax malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is not normally advised, however mosquito bite prevention is encouraged.

Useful Links

International travel clinic locator: www.istm.org

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: www.fco.gov.uk

British Embassy

British Embassy Pyongyang
Munsu-Dong Compound
Pyongyang
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
North Korea

Telephone: (+850) 2 381 7980

Telephone: (out-of-hours emergency)(+850) 191 250 7980 (from outside DPRK)

Vaccine Information for North Korea

Disease & Source
Vaccination Details
Course
Price
Disease: Hepatitis A
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A single course injection of Havrix Monodose to cover against Hepatitis A
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • A single dose of Hepatyrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Typhoid
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • Typhim Vi, single dose injection
  • Vivotif, 3 capsules
  • Viatim, single dose injection of Hepatitis A & Typhoid combined
Course
1 dose
Price
£60.00
Disease: Hepatitis B
Source: Infected blood and bodily fluids
Vaccination Details

One of the following vaccination courses may be recommended:

  • A course of three injections of Energix B to cover against Hepatitis B
  • A course of three injections of Twinrix to cover against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Course
Varies
Price
Varies
Disease: Japanese Encephalitis
Source: Mosquitos
Vaccination Details

A course of two IXIARO injections over 28 days.

Course
2 doses
Price
£99.00
Disease: Rabies
Source: Animal to person
Vaccination Details

A course of three injections of the vaccine (Rabies BP or Rabipur) will cover against Rabies and is recommended. In the event of possible exposure to Rabies, urgent medical attention should be sought, even in those who have received pre-exposure vaccines.

Course
3 doses
Price
Per Dose ££75.00
Disease: Diphtheria
Source: Person to person
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Tetanus
Source: Puncture wounds, burns and intravenous drug use
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00
Disease: Polio
Source: Contaminated food and water
Vaccination Details

A single injection of Revaxis will protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. In the UK, the TDP vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.

Course
1 dose
Price
£50.00

Non-Vaccinated Diseases

Disease
Source
Our Advice
Disease: Filariasis
Source: Mosquitos
Our Advice: Use 50% Deet+ insect repellent
Disease: HIV/AIDS
Source: Bodily Fluids
Our Advice: Use a condom for sex and to never share needles or other injecting equipment (including syringes, spoons and swabs).
Disease: Leptospirosis
Source: Animals to humans
Our Advice: Avoid swallowing flood waters or water from lakes, rivers, and swamps. Avoid wading in flooded areas, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions
Source: Contaminated food and water, person to person
Our Advice: Tummy kit and Tummy Kit +

Additional Health Risks Information for North Korea

Very few Britons visit North Korea, and those who do are only permitted as part of an official organised tour. This extremely strict and secretive nation imposes harsh penalties on anyone who breaks the law. Ensure that you fully understand the behaviour that is expected of you as a visitor to North Korea, as your personal health and safety is at risk.

During the rainy season in July and August, flooding is common and there may also be an increase in mosquitos. Healthcare facilities in North Korea are often of a poor standard. For any serious illness or injury you are likely to require evacuation to a neighbouring country, and for routine treatment you may prefer to self-treat or wait until your trip ends. Take a full supply of any required prescription medicine, as the same or equivalent may not be available in North Korea. Japanese Encephalitis is present in rural areas so consult a travel clinic to discuss vaccination before your trip.

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