PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, will take place from February 9 to 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, followed by the 2018 Paralympics Games, also known as the XII Paralympic Winter Game, from March 9 to 18.
If you are planning to travel to the Games, here are some useful travel tips.
- Before you leave Canada, check our Travel Advice and Advisories for South Korea. They include updated travel advice on security, entry and exit requirements, travel health, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, and emergency contact information.
- Don’t forget to sign up for our free Registration of Canadians Abroad service and stay connected to Canada in case of an emergency at home or abroad. Register with us before you leave or through the app as you travel – it’s quick, simple and free.
- Stay connected with your friends and family in Canada. Leave a detailed travel itinerary and contact details someone you trust and carry the contact information for the Canadian embassy in Seoul.
- Purchase the best travel insurance you can afford before you leave Canada. Make sure you have enough health insurance coverage and accessible money to cover the cost of any medical treatment and medical evacuation while you are in South Korea. Medical services and facilities in South Korea meet Canadian standards, but they expect you to pay them directly when the service is delivered. They will not charge your insurance company on your behalf.
- To visit South Korea, you must present a passport that is valid beyond the date that you expect to leave the country. Before you travel, ask your transportation company about its passport validity requirements, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules. If you are travelling with a temporary passport you may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with the South Korean embassy for up-to-date information.
- The currency in South Korea is the won (KRW). Traveller’s cheques are accepted at all chartered banks (“Eunhaeng” in Korean). U.S. dollar traveller’s cheques are recommended for the best exchange rate. Some major banks have automated banking machines (ABMs) that accept international debit or credit cards. Most ABMs that can be used to draw money from Canadian bank accounts offer English instructions. Major foreign credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are generally regarded as safe to use and are widely accepted by hotels and other tourist facilities.
- Read the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Travel Health Notice for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
- Tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate with little notice and the security situation could deteriorate suddenly. Monitor developments, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities.
- Crime against foreigners is generally low in South Korea. While you are there, remain aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone after dark. Using public transport may be safer than using taxis when you are travelling alone at night. When subway and bus services end for the night, use officially marked taxis only and, if possible, do not travel alone. Ensure that your personal belongings and passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
- Political, labour and student demonstrations and marches occur and have the potential to become confrontational or violent. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.
If your passport is lost or stolen, follow the instructions in Lost, stolen, inaccessible, damaged or found passports. If your government-issued Canadian documents are lost or stolen, see Lost or stolen belongings abroad.
In case of emergency
If you need emergency consular assistance at any time, contact the Canadian embassy in Seoul at +82 2 3783 6000 or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling +1 613 996 8885 collect or by email at email@example.com .
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