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South Korea Travel Safety Tips

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!

This week we visit: South Korea

South Korea is a developed country with very low crime figures, but there are still some things that you need to keep in mind when traveling there.

For one, there are the decades-long tensions between South and North Korea which can take dramatic turns without notice. As we write this article, negotiations are taking place because of North Korea’s near declaration of war. When the tensions are high, it is best to avoid traveling to northern parts of South Korea, especially to areas bordering the northern neighbors.

South Korean authorities are also very vigilant when the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) epidemic is in question. All travelers to the country need to go through a medical checkup on entry. Anyone who is suspected of carrying the virus can be placed in quarantine.

South Korea also has a long history of demonstrations and they are more frequent than in most developed countries. If you come across any demonstrations, the best thing to do is walk away and not get involved.

As we mentioned, crime is not common in South Korea, although you will want to be careful in major cities like Seoul and Busan where petty crime happens from time to time.

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