New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Reminder message to New Zealanders in South Korea

Despite current political tensions with North Korea there is no specific information to suggest an imminent threat to the safety of New Zealanders in South Korea. 

It remains possible that tensions could escalate with little warning.  Should the security situation change, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will review our current Travel Advisory and email those registered on safetravel.

South Korea has a modern, well developed emergency response infrastructure and plans in place for many contingency situations.  In any emergency situation New Zealanders should always monitor developments closely and follow instructions issued by local authorities.  While the New Zealand Government will do what it can to assist New Zealanders in emergency situations, and the Embassy in Seoul prepares accordingly, New Zealanders living and visiting South Korea must make their own preparations and decisions regarding their safety based on individual circumstances.

As we recommend for New Zealanders in all countries, it is important that you and accompanying family members are prepared for an emergency situation.  Some of the measures you may wish to consider include:

  • Ensure your passports are up-to-date and have a minimum of six months validity left on them.  See the Department of Internal Affairs website for information on applying for a replacement passport.
  • If accompanying family members do not travel on a New Zealand passport ensure they have a valid visa for possible onward travel to New Zealand.
  • If you have recently had a child overseas, apply for New Zealand citizenship and passport for the child.
  • Keep your essential documents in one secure place that is easily accessible to you at all times.
  • Check you have comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
  • Replace your credit cards if they are about to expire and ensure you have enough credit available to pay for unexpected flights and emergency accommodation.
  • Prepare an emergency kit similar to what you would have at home in New Zealand, including cash, food, water, medicines, baby supplies, torches, radios, a backpack, etc.
  • Keep your family in New Zealand regularly informed of your plans and well-being.

If you require consular advice and/or assistance please contact us at the Embassy – Tel. (02) 3701 7700, email .

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