Is it safe to travel and work in South Korea?

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North Korea has a long history of making confrontational rhetoric and empty threats to South Korea, the United States and other nations. All the experts in this matter both international and based in the U.S agree that there is no real or present danger that North Korea would act on its threats.

In reality no country has issued alerts or warnings concerning travel to South Korea and the country’s tourism numbers are up. Last week the Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) announced a record number of visitors for March, with the inbound international tourists numbering more than a million for the first time in history! Although tourism numbers are not yet available for April, Korean Air and several major hotels told the news outlet there has been no noticeable dip in bookings.

The real situation in Korea is completely normal, as the daily lives of the Korean people and its visitors remain peaceful, safe and uninterrupted. Korea remains a safe, pleasant and beautiful destination to work in. All airports, airlines, cities and attractions are operating normally.

It is however advised that foreigners travelling to South Korea, and any country other than your home country, to register their personal and final destination information on their local embassy or government website.

Register according to your native country at the following websites:

U.S.A

 http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.htm

Canada

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/korea-coree/consular_services_consulaires/emergency_plan_urgence.aspx?lang=eng

South Africa

http://www.southafrica-embassy.or.kr/eng/forsa/registration.php

U.K

https://www.gov.uk/how-to-deal-with-a-crisis-overseas

Ireland

http://www.embassyofireland.or.kr/home/index.aspx?id=44447

Australia

http://www.southkorea.embassy.gov.au/seol/ToAusCommunity.html

New Zealand

https://register.safetravel.govt.nz/kos/kos.aspx

 

My Real Korea: A look at “the most dangerous place on Earth”

By Lindsay Nash

My husband and I were sitting comfortably in our Gwangju apartment the other evening, just eating our kimchi jjigae for dinner and watching NBC Nightly News from back home. It’s become a tradition for us to watch the news as we eat. We both love to catch up on the world and on America.

But we were quite surprised to hear them call Korea “the most dangerous place on Earth”. We laughed to ourselves–just typical media overreaction to produce a good news story. (Believe I know how this works, I used to be a reporter myself).

In light of recent events, the Korean peninsula has become unsteady. I’m not saying it’s not. But I certainly don’t walk out the front door and think…oh, maybe I should bring a gas mask in case North Korea decides to nuke us today. It’s just not like that.

While going through some old photos last night, I came across some of my favorite photos that I took of my students at our former school. We went through the photos, laughing about each student, their nickname, and how purely innocent and fun kids are around the world. No matter what’s in the news, or how the media portrays and expands a situation, it’s nice to know that people are just people and home is just home, wherever you call home in this world.

Here’s a look at my Korea.