North Korea vaccinations: which ones do you need?
Are you going to North Korea soon? Prepare your trip well. We recommend certain vaccinations for North Korea although these are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which additional vaccinations you require, is dependent on the duration of your stay in this mysterious country.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea was formed in 1948. The country borders South Korea to the south – the Korean Demilitarized Zone separates the two – and China and Russia to the north and northwest. North Korea is a mountainous country and mostly has a continental climate. Winters can be quite cold and summers are usually pleasant in terms of temperature. July and August are also often rather wet. Therefore, the best time to travel to North Korea is either between April and July or in September and/or October. Due to its political situation and closed character, North Korea is not exactly a touristy destination. Tourists are only allowed into the country in organised groups, and are not free to come and go. Spontaneous adjustments to the travel programme are virtually impossible. Nonetheless, a visit to this country – that until recently was nearly completely isolated from the rest of the world – is quite an experience. Capital Pyongyang is home to many political monuments and statues of great leaders and the ancient capital of Kaesong, with its many historic buildings from the Goryeo dynasty. If you visit North Korea, please consider the risk of diseases and mosquito bites. Malaria is prevalent in a small part of the country. Our KLM Health Services experts gladly tell you what vaccinations you require and provide advice on additional measures you can take to minimise health risk during your stay. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.
North Korea vaccinations: the most common risks
Various diseases are prevalent in North Korea to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in North Korea and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.