The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend the application of any travel restrictions to Korea at this time. (Updated June 18, 2015)
■ Overview of MERS and Symptoms
- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is an illness caused by a virus
(more specifically, a coronavirus) called Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
*MERS have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula.
- * Major symptoms
- Fever or hyperthermia
- Shortness of breath
■ Prevention of Infection
- - Avoid touching patients with respiratory disease or relating symptoms.
- - Keep hands clean, brush your teeth regularly and maintain good
- - Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
- - Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.
■ MERS Hotline for Tourists
- ▶1330 Korea Travel Hotline
- - Language assistance (English, Chinese, Japanese) /
24-hours (open all year round)
- - Suspected cases or inquiries of significant cases will be
answered by the staffs and guided to hospital with
foreign language services
- ▶MERS Hotline for Tourists: dial 109 (from within Korea)
- - Operating hours: 24/7 (free of charge)
- - Language assistance in Korean and English