Travel advice re MERS outbreak in Korea for Australian travellers to Korea

KTO Sydney on 24/06/2015 at 9:20 am

At the present time there are no special travel restrictions advised by both the Australian Government and the World Health Organization with regard to the recent MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in the Republic of Korea.

A WHO statement on the ninth meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS-CoV issued on the 17th June reports the following:-
“WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions and considers screening at point of entry to be unnecessary at this time. Raising awareness about MERS and its symptons among those travelling to and from affected areas is good public health practice.”

See full WHO statement 17 June, 2015: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2015/ihr-ec-mers/en/

There is presently screening in place at Incheon International Airport only for travellers arriving from MERS affected countries eg. the Middle East.

To date the Australian Government via its Smart Traveller travel advisory website has not raised the level of warning in regard to travel to Korea.

Smart Traveller: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/South_Korea

For the assistance of travellers in Korea there is a free (1330) Korea Travel Hotline for advice about travelling in Korea as well as a special MERS hotline (109) for tourists in Korean/English if they are concerned at any time whilst travelling in the country.

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