BY INSI

Advisory: Winter Olympics

With the Winter Olympics underway, INSI has been working to support our members on the ground in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Here are some tips from a recent members’ advisory we produced on covering the Games safely: 

  • Tensions between North and South Korea may have put some spectators off attending the Olympics. But South Korea is a safe country with crime against foreigners rare
  • Occasional isolated incidents include thefts and assaults around bars and nightlife areas
  • South Korea has one of the highest rates of traffic deaths for a developed country, particularly for pedestrians
  • Drivers are aggressive: speeding and running red lights are common
  • Watch out for motorcycles driving on footpaths and pedestrian crossings
  • PyeongChang is one of the coldest regions in South Korea and known for its biting winds from Siberia. Temperatures can be as low as -20°C in February
  • Spectators in the Olympic Stadium are reportedly being given heating pads to keep warm (AP)
  • Vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid (which can be contracted through contaminated food and water) are recommended for travellers
  • English is not widely spoken at hospitals. A local fixer is useful if you need medical assistance
  • Google Maps doesn’t work in South Korea. Naver Maps is the local option (recently upgraded to include English)
  • The free Emergency Ready app provides shelter locations around the country

For more information on joining INSI and receiving full access to our advisories get in touch with us at info@newssafety.org