Visas and Health in South Korea

Whatever the reason you choose to travel to South Korea, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization costs, civil liability


Political regime: Republic
Capital: Seoul
Area: 100,210 sq km
Population: 51.47 million
Languages spoken: Korean
Currency: Won

Visas South Korea

If you are a French national, you do not need a visa for a tourist stay or business of less than 90 days. All you need to do is have your passport, which must be valid for at least six months.

French Embassy in Seoul
30 Hap-dong Sodaemun-ku – Seoul 120030
Tel: 82 31 49 43 00
Fax: 82 31 49 43 28

South Korean Embassy in Paris
125 rue de Grenelle – 75007 Paris

Vaccines and Safety in South Korea

  • Compulsory vaccines and certificates: No vaccine is required.
  • Recommended vaccines and certificates: For adults, do not forget vaccines against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis (for long stays). For children, don’t forget vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay).
  • Local diseases: In South Korea, the following diseases are common: Spider, snake, fish and scorpion bites, Japanese encephalitis, ascaris, hepatitis A and B, sexually transmitted diseases, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus.

Health insurance in South Korea

Why take international health insurance when traveling or residing in South Korea? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in South Korea in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical center or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.

Mondassur supports you in your choice of international health insurance by helping you compare the different offers on the market. Depending on your profile, we will be able to offer you different travel, international student and expatriate insurance packages.

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