2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang, South Korea

Released: December 27, 2017


Original Publication Date: December 27, 2017

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.

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.

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 (STIs)

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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