World Scout Jamboree, South Korea, August 2023
25 Jul 2023
The 25th World Scout Jamboree is being held in Saemangeum, South Korea from the 1 August to 12 August 2023.
The jamboree takes place every 4 years and is organised by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement. It is being held in a purpose built camp that will host approximately 40,000 scouts and leaders from 170 countries.
Advice for Travellers
Before you travel
If you are travelling to South Korea for the Scout Jamboree you should:
- be aware that international travel guidance may change at short notice
- review the latest FCDO foreign travel advice for South Korea, including entry requirements, quarantine restrictions and any possible unusual climate issues such as high temperatures.
- make sure you are up to date with all routine immunisations recommended for life in the UK, including MMR (some diseases like measles can spread more easily when large crowds of people gather together).
- Read the fitfortravel country specific advice for South Korea for information on advisable travel health vaccinations, malaria risk and other health risks.
- Read the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page for information on things you should consider both during and after travel in relation to COVID-19.
- Practice effective insect bite and tick bite avoidance at all times of the day and night to protect yourself from diseases spread to people by biting insects and ticks. Check your skin for ticks regularly and be aware how to remove a tick.
- Take care with respiratory hygiene and hand hygiene to help protect yourself and others from illnesses caused by germs (such as bacteria and viruses) that enter our bodies through our eyes, nose or mouth.
- Take safe food and water precautions and drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated, especially if the weather is hot.
- As temperatures can reach 30'c in South Korea, you should protect your skin from the sun to reduce your risk of sunstroke and other heat conditions, and also to help you to avoid getting skin cancer later in your life.
- Practice safer sex, and use condoms to reduce your risk of blood borne viruses and other sexual health risks. Take condoms with you when you travel, even if you aren’t planning to have sex.
- Consider carrying a simple first aid kit to self-manage basic health problems.
- Be aware that excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs can increase your likelihood of risk-taking behaviour. Accidents and injuries can happen and your travel insurance may become invalid if you claim for an incident which occurred whilst you were 'under the influence'. Be aware that severe penalties can occur if you are found to be in possession of drugs in South Korea.
- Seek medical advice whilst you are abroad if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of infection or illness
After returning home you should always:
- seek medical advice as soon as possible if you are experiencing any symptoms of infection or illness
- seek sexual health advice and screening if you have had unprotected sexual activity