The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in South Korea the following information related to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in PyeongChang in February and March, 2018. The information and resources below will help you plan a safe and enjoyable experience.
For most visitors, the South Korea is a very safe country. Common crimes occur more frequently in major metropolitan areas, tourist sites, and crowded markets. Visitors should take routine safety precautions, pay attention to surroundings, and report any concerns to local police. Violent crime is not common, but stay alert and be cautious in crowded entertainment, nightlife, and shopping districts. Please see our country information page for the Republic of Korea for current information on security and safety issues. Use these resources to stay up to date during your trip.
CoSport is the only 2018 Olympic Winter Games authorized ticket reseller for residents of the United States. To purchase individual tickets or hospitality packages, visit CoSport’s website. Be aware of scams, fake ticket websites, and unlicensed ticket resellers. Please note that scalping tickets is illegal in South Korea.
Although widely available, it is against South Korean law to purchase these goods and against U.S. law to bring them into the United States. The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Division in the U.S. Department of Justice has more information.
Effective September 1, 2017, U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through North Korea, unless they are specially validated by the Department of State. The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to North Korea due to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention. For further information, please see our country information page on North Korea.
To make calls within South Korea using a phone with U.S.-based SIM card, you need to first dial +82, followed by the area code (2 is the area code for Seoul) before the phone number. For, example, to call the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, you should dial +82-2, before dialing 397-4114. To call the United States from South Korea, dial 001 + area code and phone number.