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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Seoul (South Korea), Emergency Preparedness

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The U.S. Embassy Seoul issues this message to U.S. citizens in response to increased media attention and inquiries from U.S. citizens regarding the security situation in Korea.  The U.S. Embassy continues to engage in its routine course of business.  There have been no changes to our level of staffing, our activities, or the guidance routinely provided to U.S. citizens in Korea.  We remind all U.S. citizens that personal security and emergency preparedness is a continuous process and that U.S. citizens and family members must take an active role in reviewing their personal security and emergency preparedness. 

The safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad is our highest concern.  For this reason, U.S. citizens are reminded to consult regularly the U.S. Embassy’s website at https://kr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/ for the most up to date safety and security messages.  This link to DisasterPreparedness details steps you can take to be better prepared.

For further information about security in Korea:

  • See the Department of State’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and Country Specific Information for Republic of Korea.
  • Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive  security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist.”
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, located at 188 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu,  telephone 02 397-4000,  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday . After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is 02 397-4114.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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