This information is provided to help prepare U.S. citizens and their families in the unlikely event of natural disasters, civil emergencies, and other situations that might necessitate an evacuation.
In the event of an actual emergency, the Embassy will place up to date instructions specific to the circumstances of the event.
- Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
- Travel Announcements and Information (last updated April 5, 2013)
Before an emergency occurs there are a number of things that you can do to prepare:
- Enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - U.S. citizens living or traveling in South Korea are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department's travel enrollment website. In the event of an emergency, we use the enrollment information to communicate with you.
- Subscribe to our e-mail message service so that you can receive our most up-to-date travel and security information as well as our monthly newsletters.
- Read “Be Prepared for Emergencies” (PDF 166KB) - Whether or not you have to consider the prospect of an evacuation or natural disaster, it is sound advice to follow the information in this document.
Staying informed during an emergency situation:
- Monitor our website - we will issue updated messages for U.S. citizens and post appropriate information specific to the circumstances on our website.
- Monitor AFN (American Forces Network) (PDF 95.9KB) radio stations and follow the international and local news outlets for additional information.
- During natural disasters such as typhoons or tropical storms, monitor the Korean Meteorological Administration website for current weather and environmental conditions.
- Read the latest security information worldwide. U.S. citizens should regularly monitor the State Department's website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the Unites States, or, for callers from outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).