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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.

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.

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

Scrub typhus

Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a bacterial disease that is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash. It can usually be treated with antibiotics, however people with severe illness may develop organ failure and bleeding, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent (100ml)
£7.75

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% (100ml)
£8
Deet 50% (50ml)
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Single)
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net (Double)
£25

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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