When to goSpring and autumn are short in South Korea, but are the most pleasant seasons for a trip. Temperatures are mild, and there is less rainfall. Though summer temperatures are higher, monsoons and typhoons make this a rather dangerous season for visiting. Lastly, winter temperatures are low, and the air is cold and dry.
British citizens can enter South Korea as tourists for up to 90 days without a visa. You must also have an onward or return ticket. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into South Korea.
Entry requirements are the same for Canadian nationals, for a 3-month stay in South Korea.
It is necessary to take out health and repatriation insurance before travelling to South Korea. You are advised to inquire about avian influenza (bird flu) and preventative measures to be taken. For more information, please consult the government site
You are advised to avoid drinking tap water in favour of bottled water, and to wash your hands as often as possible, particularly before any meal.
Airline ticketsThe price of a flight ticket: London-Seoul varies between 600 and £1 200 . Price variations depend largely on the airline company as well as the reservation period. It is therefore advisable to book your tickets in advance; do not hesitate to compare airline prices.
Time differenceThere is a time difference of 9 hours between London and Seoul. At 8 a.m. in London, it is 5 p.m. in Seoul.
LanguageSouth Korea's official language is Korean. English is taught as a second language in schools, along with Chinese. These languages are therefore quite common.
French Embassy in South Korea
43-12, Seosomun-ro, Seodaemun-gu
South Korean Embassy in France
125, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris
Local police : 112
Fire brigade and ambulances : 119
Phone and internet connection
The area code for South Korea is 82. Phone cards can be used for phone calls. Some phone cabins even accept international bank cards. With regards to mobile phones, you are advised to find out beforehand if your operator exists in South Korea.
South Korea is one of the best connected countries in the world; it will therefore be easy for you to connect to the internet.