2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang, South Korea

Updated: February 16, 2018


What's happening in South Korea?

PyeongChang, South Korea is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympic Games from February 9 – 25, and Paralympic Games from March 9 – 18. Canadians and travellers from around the world will make their way to PyeongChang to compete, work or watch these events. Olympic events will take place in both PyeongChang and Gangneung, South Korea.

What is the health issue?

Large crowds can lead to an increased risk of accidental injury and the spread of infectious disease like influenza (the flu), colds and travellers' diarrhea.

The government of South Korea has reported an outbreak of norovirus in the PyeongChang and Gangneung areas. Noroviruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person. People can become infected by:

Washing your hands and practising safe food and water precautions are the best ways to reduce the risk of norovirus.

How can you protect yourself from illness?

Before your trip:

All travellers should see a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before travel.  Find a travel health clinic near you.

Visit the Government of Canada's Travel Advice and Advisories page on South Korea and read the Health tab.

During your trip:

Be aware of your surroundings.

Pay attention to the weather and dress appropriately

Practise safe food and water precautions

Wash your hands as often as possible:

Avoid close contact with people who appear to be sick.

Protect yourself from HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections

To prevent the spread of infections, avoid risky behaviour such as:

Be alert to crime

Drive with caution

If you feel sick during your trip:

If you feel sick, stay home or in your hotel and avoid mass gatherings.

See a health care provider if you feel very unwell, especially if you have a fever. For more information on medical care abroad see sickness or injury.

After your trip:

If you are sick after you return to Canada, see a health care provider and tell them where you have travelled.

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

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